Exactly twenty years ago, on May 15th 2000, I started working at Operator Groep Delft. While they weren’t my first employer, it was my first employer in IT. In the past twenty years I’ve developed my skills and have grown a career. It wasn’t a straight line though, and it sure was a bumpy ride! … Continue reading "Twenty Years in IT"
Multi-factor Authentication will be organizations’ means of authentication verification for a while. After clearing the first hurdles in your organization when implementing multi-factor authentication, consisting of communication, registration and adoption, the next hurdle is optimization. Why optimize Multi-factor Authentication? Multi-factor Authentication offers verification of people authenticating to access organizational data, applications, services and/or systems; … Continue reading "TODO: Optimize the Azure Multi-factor Authentication methods used throughout your organization"
After every fresh major release of Azure AD Connect by Microsoft, several smaller hotfix releases update the functionality to prevent issues where administrators are not able to perform certain configurations or gain access to functionality. Last week, Azure AD Connect version 184.108.40.206 was released, fixing two issues that were introduced in the first release of … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect 220.127.116.11 fixes two issues"
One of the remnants of the PhoneFactor infrastructure is an old page that is linked in the Azure Portal. It allows for enforcing multi-factor authentication on a per-user basis. It should not be used for several reasons. Here’s why. Ways to require multi-factor authentication in Azure AD In Azure Active Directory, there are three … Continue reading "TODO: Move from per-user MFA to Conditional Access"
Last month, on April 22nd, 28th and 30th, I hosted three 60-minute webinars with Netwrix on my three favorite chapters in my Active Directory Administration Cookbook. Over 1800 people have registered for these webinars. Now, a mere week after the last webinar, the Netwrix team has done everyone a huge favor by already placing the … Continue reading "Recordings of the webinars with Netwrix are now available"
Even though Microsoft's Identity focus moves towards the cloud, they are not forgetting their on-premises roots. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 still receive updates. These are the updates and fixes we saw for April 2020: Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4550929 April 14, 2020 The … Continue reading "On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for April 2020"
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 April 2020: What’s New Combined security info registration experience generally … Continue reading "What’s New in Azure Active Directory in April 2020"
Azure AD Connect is Microsoft's free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and LDAP v3-compatible directories to Azure Active Directory. However, you can also use it to set up and manage your organization’s Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) implementation. This works … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: To manage non-domain-joined Web Application Proxies with Azure AD Connect you need additional configuration on both sides"
Passwordless is Microsoft’s strategy to improve enterprise security and enable end-user convenience at the same time. The era of passwords is slowly coming to an end and Microsoft offers readily-available solutions for your colleagues to sign-in to their devices and services. However, with its many passwordless methods, Microsoft isn’t making it easy for identity admins … Continue reading "Choosing the right Passwordless sign-in method for your colleagues"
Microsoft will be updating the current Azure AD Apps and Profile experiences on July 20th 2020. This means that from that data onward your colleagues will be automatically switched over to the updated My Apps and My Account experiences. Note: The updated My Apps and My Account offer the same functionality as the current experiences, … Continue reading "TODO: Enable the new My Apps and My Profile Experiences"