What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in August 2021

Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. It is a cloud-based service, where agents on Domain Controllers provide signals to Microsoft's Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect and report on attacks. Its dashboard allows Active Directory admins to investigate (potential) breaches … Continue reading "What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in August 2021"

Veeam Backup for Office 365 5c build 5.0.2.42 offers bugfixes

Last week, we saw the release of version 5c  build 5.0.2.42 of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. This version provides bugfixes for admins running Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 5c build 5.0.2.22. What's Fixed There are a lot of issues that have been resolved in version 5c build 5.0.2.42 of Veeam Backup for … Continue reading "Veeam Backup for Office 365 5c build 5.0.2.42 offers bugfixes"

Three ways to guesstimate your Veeam Backup for Office 365 repository size

As organizations embrace the full suite of Office 365 and intend to use Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, I often get the question on how to properly size the storage for the repository for Office 365 backups. There are, actually, three good ways to make a guesstimate on the required disk space to store … Continue reading "Three ways to guesstimate your Veeam Backup for Office 365 repository size"

On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for August 2021

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 Identity-related updates and fixes we saw for August 2021:   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB5005043 August 10, 2021 … Continue reading "On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for August 2021"

Azure AD Connect v1.x reaches end of support in 1 year

Last week, Microsoft issued a statement on the support of Azure AD Connect version 1.x. It reaches end of support on August 31st, 2022. That is exactly one year from now.   What 'unsupported' means In-place upgrade of Windows Server on an Azure AD Connect server is not supported. While you might pull it off, … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect v1.x reaches end of support in 1 year"

I'm virtualizing Domain Controllers at VMware VMworld 2021 around the world

I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a 1-hour level 300 Tech+ tutorial titled 'Virtualizing Active Directory – Doing It Right!' with Deji Akomolafe and Matt Liebowitz at VMware VMworld 2021. This will be my fifth time presenting at VMworld on Active Directory and sharing the stage with these fellow VMworld Distinguished Speakers. … Continue reading "I'm virtualizing Domain Controllers at VMware VMworld 2021 around the world"

Windows Server 2022 is now available

Windows Server 2022 is the next release in the Long-term servicing channel (LTSC) for Windows Server. It introduces advanced multilayer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure and a flexible application platform. It is now available for MSDN subscribers, VLSC customers and in Azure IaaS. What's New As part of this release, Windows Server is getting secured-core … Continue reading "Windows Server 2022 is now available"

KnowledgeBase: You receive a 'Object reference not set to an instance of an object.' error when backing up Teams with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

For years, we’ve been advising organizations using Microsoft 365 services (formerly known as Office 365 services) like Exchange Online to create backups of their data stored in these services and/or to define their exit scenario. Now, organizations using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to this purpose are seeing errors with this product… The situation … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: You receive a 'Object reference not set to an instance of an object.' error when backing up Teams with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365"

Azure AD Connect v1.6.13.0 and v2.0.10.0 solve a PHS issue in renamed Active Directory forests

Azure AD Connect has seen its share of new releases in the last weeks, following a security issue and an issue with Password Hash Synchronization (PHS) transactions for a large number of users (v2 only). Yesterday, Microsoft's free Identity synchronization solution saw another two new releases addressing an issue with Password Hash Synchronization (PHS) in … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect v1.6.13.0 and v2.0.10.0 solve a PHS issue in renamed Active Directory forests"

Active Directory- and Azure AD-related sessions at The Experts Conference (TEC) 2021

The Experts Conference (TEC), sponsored by Quest is a yearly conference to get advanced practical Active Directory and Office 365 education. Sponsored by the leaders who have helped move, manage and secure over 336 million Active Directory users, TEC 2021 gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge by connecting with Microsoft MVPs, industry and … Continue reading "Active Directory- and Azure AD-related sessions at The Experts Conference (TEC) 2021"