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KnowledgeBase: You receive “The ADSync service failed to start with an unexpected error for AutoGeneratedAccount:” when installing Azure AD Connect

Written on March 5, 2020 at 9:28 AM, by

Troubleshooting issues with Azure AD Connect can be a lot of fun, until you realize that new functionality throws an error that is incredibly vague. This blogpost provides the instructions to get Azure AD Connect working for your Hybrid Identity implementation when you receive “The ADSync service failed to start with an unexpected error for […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory in February 2020

Written on March 4, 2020 at 10:48 PM, by

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s Identity Management-as-a-Service solution, offering seamless access, easy collaboration, efficiency in IT processes and improved security and compliance. In its Release Notes for Azure Active Directory, Microsoft communicated the following planned, new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for February 2020:   What’s Planned Identity Secure Score – MFA improvement […]

I’m speaking at Microsoft NetWork 10

Written on March 2, 2020 at 7:27 AM, by

In the last years, I have presented several times at Microsoft Bosnia and Herzegovina’s NetWork event. This year, the organization has invited me back to present at the 10th edition of Microsoft NetWork in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina.   About Microsoft NetWork 10 Micosoft’s NetWork conference is a yearly event in the city of Neum […]

HOWTO: Deploy Azure AD Connect with SQL Server

Written on February 27, 2020 at 8:23 AM, by

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. In this series, labeled Hardening Hybrid Identity, we’re looking at hardening these implementations, using recommended practices. In this part of the series, we’ll look at the benefits of implementing Azure AD Connect with a […]

We’re sponsoring Microsoft Ignite | The Tour in Amsterdam

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:40 PM, by

Canceled Microsoft has been monitoring closely the developing coronavirus situation and is reviewing on an ongoing basis the guidance provided by governmental agencies and international organizations. The health and safety of our customers, partners, suppliers and employees is our top priority, and our heartfelt concern and best wishes are with those who have been affected […]

I’m a 2020 VMware vExpert

Written on February 25, 2020 at 6:22 AM, by

I’m proud to announce I am a 2020 VMware vExpert. This is my second vExpert award in a row, after I received it for the first time last year. It’s an honor to me to be a part of the team driving Active Directory virtualization on VMware vSphere with Deji Akomolafe and Matt Liebowitz. Thank […]

I’m presenting two live Active Directory webinars with Veeam’s Andrey Zhelezko

Written on February 24, 2020 at 11:28 AM, by

On March 5th 2020, I’m presenting two webinars with Andrey Zhelezko, technical product analyst at Veeam Software, on Active Directory Best Practices in terms of administration and disaster recovery. Active Directory has been around for two decades. This decade, a secure and resilient Active Directory is needed more than ever. AD has been a part […]

Happy 20th Birthday, Active Directory!

Written on February 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM, by

Today, The DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs are celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Active Directory Domain Services as a released product.   Windows 2000 Server The introduction of Active Directory to the world was part of the release of Windows 2000 Server on February 17, 2000. At the launch event, Bill Gates ushered in the Next […]

I’m speaking at Azure Saturday Belgrade

Written on February 14, 2020 at 3:35 PM, by

I’m proud to share that I’ll be presenting at Azure Saturday Belgrade in Serbia on February 29th 2020!   About Azure Saturday Belgrade As part of AzureDays.org events, Azure Saturday Belgrade is a community-driven event to share knowledge and experiences about Microsoft Azure. In their part of the world, Azure Saturday is the biggest Azure-focused […]

TODO: Test your exposure to Microsoft’s 2020 LDAP Channel Binding and Signing changes

Written on February 13, 2020 at 3:38 PM, by

In many Active Directory Domain Services environments, LDAP is a common protocol to provide access to objects and their attributes in the directory. The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an open protocol for use with various directory services, including Active Directory. Over the years, Microsoft has been made aware about vulnerabilities in the way […]