Azure Active Directory Synchronization: Object Matching

This post is the fifth in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization and will cover Object Matching. Other posts have covered and will cover: Introduction, Part 1 Introduction, Part 2 Filtering, Part 1 Filtering, Part 2 Alternate Logon ID Object Matching and Joining Object matching or joining is relevant if you have multiple Active Directory (AD) forests you want to use for Directory Synchronization to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Previously with DirSync, it wasn’t possible (or supported) to connect

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Azure Active Directory Synchronization: Filtering, Part 2

This post is the fourth in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization and will cover Filtering. Originally I’ve planned to make this one post, but in my opinion it became to large and complex thus again a part 2. Other posts have covered and will cover: Introduction, Part 1 Introduction, Part 2 Filtering, Part 1 Object Matching Alternate Logon ID In the previous post I discussed why and how to filter: Domain, Organizational Unit or Attribute based filtering. When to

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Azure Active Directory Synchronization: Filtering, Part 1

This post is the third in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization and will cover Filtering. Originally I’ve planned to make this one post, but in my opinion it became too large and complex thus again a part 2. Other posts have covered and will cover: Introduction, Part 1 Introduction, Part 2 Filtering, Part 2 Object Matching Alternate Logon ID   Why would you want to filter? In most cases the current Active Directory (AD) implementation contains a lot

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Azure Active Directory Synchronization: An Introduction, Part 2

This post is the second in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization, covering part 2 of an introduction. Previous and follow up posts have covered and will cover: Introduction, Part 1 Filtering, Part 1 Filtering, Part 2 Object Matching Alternate Logon ID As most organizations will not require FIM, I will focus my attention mostly on AADSync. Although DirSync is (unless features from AADSync are required) the first choice, it’s deprecated, but more importantly: most concepts are still unchanged.

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Azure Active Directory Synchronization: An Introduction, Part 1

This post is a first in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization, covering part 1 of the introduction. Follow up posts will cover: Introduction Part 2 Filtering Part 1 Filtering Part 2 Object Matching Alternate Logon ID   Why you want have synchronization For those who don’t work regularly with Office 365 or other Microsoft cloud services (like Azure, Exchange Online Protection), it can be a complex myriad of information to work through in order to find out what you exactly need. In

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Using your browser to check Exchange 2013 protocol health

Sometimes you’re not at work and you suspect there is something wrong with your Exchange 2013 servers and you can’t access your environment remotely for whatever reason. Well, in some cases you can check this with just a browser. For each Exchange protocol, there is an URL you can use to check the health. The format would be: https://<External FQDN>/<protocol>/healthcheck.htm If the specific protocol is working correctly, the Exchange server will respond with: 200 OK SERVER.CONTOSO.LOCAL The server.contoso.local would be the

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Tool Tip: RBAC Manager R2 for Exchange

This week I had a session at a customer to customize the default RBAC roles, for instance removing the mobile device remote wipe feature from Recipient Management. Customizing RBAC roles is in most cases not something that is a frequent task, so it can take a while to familiarize and re-familiarize with the concept and all cmdlets. But if your organization does not fit in the default roles, you will have to dig into it. However, I came across a

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A quick look at the Sunrise Calendar app

Now that Microsoft has purchased the Sunrise Calendar app, it’s probably a good idea to take a closer look to that app and see what we are or will be dealing with before everyone panics (again). The Acompli Outlook app for iOS and Android (from now on referenced as just the Outlook app) has received praise regarding it’s functionality and usability, but also a lot of criticism on security and compliancy. A major issue is the temporary caching of data and

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Issues with Unified Contact Store in combination with Lync on-premises and Exchange Online

I’ve encountered an issue that popped up while I was testing a move from Exchange On-premises to Exchange Online (EXO) while Lync Server 2013 remained on-premises due to Enterprise Voice. Outlook Web Access (OWA) from Exchange Online can be integrated with on-premises Lync, this way OWA users can see presence and have limited IM functionality just like what’s possible if both products are on-premises. For this to work you’ll need Lync Edge servers because OWA EXO will act as an

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Some things to do after leaving Windows Server 2003 (from an Exchange perspective)

Today the Exchange Team blog posted an article about upgrading the Domain Functional (DFL) level of your Active Directory environment away from Windows Server 2003 and the fact that raising the level might have some impact on your Exchange servers (and other applications). It is possible that they might not be able to authenticate. If you do run into issues after raising the DFL, the solution is either restarting the Kerberos Key Distribution Center service on all DC’s or restarting all DC’s

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