I’m speaking at the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC22)

I’m happy to announce that I am returning as a speaker for the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC) 2022 from November 28th to December 1st, 2022.   About ESPC22 The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (ESPC) provides Microsoft 365 and Azure professionals with the expert content and connections to help them achieve … Continue reading "I’m speaking at the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC22)"

Domain Controller Monitoring Checklist

Last month, I provided some context for how I feel about Active Directory Monitoring and Domain Controller Monitoring. I wrote that monitoring solutions should not treat Domain Controllers as mere ‘application servers’ or ‘nodes’, as many Active Directory Monitoring solutions, like SolarWinds’ do. However, organizations may have varying requirements towards potential Domain Controller Monitoring solutions. … Continue reading "Domain Controller Monitoring Checklist"

Azure AD Connect v2.1.20.0 offers to synchronize to Azure AD’s employeeLeaveDateTime attribute

With Microsoft introducing the Lifecycle Workflows functionality Public Preview at its Microsoft Ignite event last month, some things are definitely changing… Azure AD is now poised to become the leading identity management plane and Active Directory to become a mere authentication store.However, to make that dream work, Azure AD Connect needs to offer additional functionality … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect v2.1.20.0 offers to synchronize to Azure AD’s employeeLeaveDateTime attribute"

Defender for Identity sensors will no longer be supported on Windows Server 2008 R2

Starting June 15 2022, Microsoft will no longer support Microsoft Defender for Identity sensors on servers running Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft recommends that admins identify any remaining domain controllers (DCs),  AD FS servers and AD FS Proxy servers that are still running Windows Server 2008 R2 as an operating system and make plans to … Continue reading "Defender for Identity sensors will no longer be supported on Windows Server 2008 R2"

HOWTO: Provide access to Employees Only in Azure AD

Azure Active Directory is extremely versatile and offers profound ways to share applications, data and functionality with people outside your organization. However, sometimes you don't want to share things with people outside your organization. Here's how.   The problem with All Users One of the first things you need to realize in Azure AD when … Continue reading "HOWTO: Provide access to Employees Only in Azure AD"

Setting up Hybrid Identity with AD FS through Azure AD Connect

When Active Directory on-premises and Azure AD work together, it’s called Hybrid Identity. Hybrid Identity is relatively easy to setup, when you use the Express Settings for Azure AD Connect. However, setting up Hybrid Identity with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is not that hard either. I’ll show you how to achieve this goal … Continue reading "Setting up Hybrid Identity with AD FS through Azure AD Connect"

The video of my presentation at IT Pro|Dev Connections is now available

IT Pro|Dev Connections is a conference organized by the largest Greek communities for everyone in the Computer and Information Technology industry. The content focuses on products, technologies and services that are "hot" or up and coming and provide valuable knowledge to the participants. On December 13th, 2020, I presented the following 50-minute session at the … Continue reading "The video of my presentation at IT Pro|Dev Connections is now available"

The DirTeam.com/ActiveDir.org Weblogs in 2020

Goodbye 2020! As we say goodbye to yet another calendar year, we’re sharing our achievements for the past year. Pageviews and visits Throughout 2020, the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs served just shy of 12 million pages. To be exact, we saw 11,728,906 pageviews this calendar year. Top blogs Traditionally, at the end of the year … Continue reading "The DirTeam.com/ActiveDir.org Weblogs in 2020"

Exchange Online finally has plus addressing!

During the virtual Microsoft Ignite 2020, the Exchange Product Group announced the general availability of plus address support in Exchange Online. This has been a long request feature; I blogged about this in 2014 and Microsoft already announced it during Microsoft Ignite 2019. But now it's here! Considering enabling Plus Addressing And if your re-read … Continue reading "Exchange Online finally has plus addressing!"

Windows Server 2019’s January 2019 Quality Update fixes the issue with Domain Controller Promotions for new domains

Windows Server 2019’s January 2019 Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 17763.292 , offers a fix for the issue you might be experiencing on your Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019-based Domain Controllers.   About Windows Server 2019 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for Windows Server 2019, as outlined … Continue reading "Windows Server 2019’s January 2019 Quality Update fixes the issue with Domain Controller Promotions for new domains"