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 we round up all the pageviews. This year the following pie chart emerges:

The above pie chart doesn’t include the roughly 3 million pageviews, that served the index page and the main feed for the DirTeam.com/ActiveDir.org Weblogs. These urls, of course, all point to the content in the blogs themselves, so they are irrelevant to the pie chart.

Top blog posts

The table below with the top 10 blogposts for 2020 and their respective pageviews paints an interesting picture:

1HOWTO: Disable weak protocols, cipher suites and hashing algorithms – The things that are better left unspoken66825
2Using your browser to check Exchange 2013 protocol health – Dave Stork's IMHO31379
3KnowledgeBase: You receive error 801c0003 when you try to Azure AD Join a device – The things that are better left unspoken22799
4HOWTO: Disable Unnecessary Services and Scheduled Tasks on AD FS Servers – The things that are better left unspoken21871
5Knowledgebase: You experience Warnings with EventID 5829 on Domain Controllers – The things that are better left unspoken21702
6Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid, Part 1 – The things that are better left unspoken20142
7HOWTO: Properly delegate Directory permissions to Azure AD Connect service accounts – The things that are better left unspoken18375
8Explained: User Hard Matching and Soft Matching in Azure AD Connect – The things that are better left unspoken15245
9Office 365 to enforce TLS 1.2 per October 15, 2020 – Dave Stork's IMHO13396
10Checking security protocols and ciphers on your Exchange servers – Dave Stork's IMHO12911

Search traffic to the DirTeam.com/ActiveDir.org Weblogs has certainly increased over the past year, as we've touched on many blue team challenges, related to hardening and patching. On the other hand we see many organizations embracing Hybrid Identity and Hybrid Exchange these days and increasingly seeking help with common issues.

We believe many teams have been tasked these past months to transform their IT environments to accomodate work from any place, any platform, all the time. We hope to have been guides on these journeys.

Technology

From a technology point of view, we have optimized our Microsoft Azure-based infrastructure. We've hardened our protocols and have shared our issues with our blogging platform openly, for everyone to learn.

Concluding

We’d like to thank you, our readers, for appreciating our content, for your visits, replies, helpful comments and your likes and retweets on Twitter. We wish you all the best and a good start into 2021.

Thank you,

Author: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is CTO at SCCT, a Dutch Microsoft Partner. He is the author of the Active Directory Administration Cookbook, speaker and blogger at DirTeam.com and ServerCore.net. He is awarded Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Since 2016, Veeam has awarded Sander with the Veeam Vanguard award.

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