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Enable Valimail Single Sign-On with Azure Active Directory

Written on July 12, 2019 at 9:59 AM, by

In my previous blogpost, I described how to enroll Valimail Monitor for Office 365. The initial setup is based on credentials, stored at Valimail. This results in another set of credentials that needs to be remembered, needs to be stored in a password vault, another set that may be leaked… Additional admins and/or auditors also […]

Valimail Monitor for Office 365: Your Free DMARC Reporting Tool

Written on July 11, 2019 at 3:56 PM, by

On their security blog on the 3rd of June 2019, Microsoft announced that Valimail Monitor for Office 365 is available. This option enables organizations using Exchange Online from Office 365 for their company mail to leverage DMARC. The Road to securing E-Mail Cyberattacks are common these days. These attacks can be actively targeting your organization […]

Sizing Domain Controllers correctly on VMware vSphere

Written on July 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM, by

In the first part of this series, we discussed why we want to virtualize Domain Controllers. The first question people ask is: How do I properly size Domain Controllers on my virtualization platform? Specifically, for VMware vSphere, this is a good question, because there are a couple of areas of attention, beyond the recommended practices […]

Why virtualize Domain Controllers?

Written on July 9, 2019 at 10:03 AM, by

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: Why virtualize Domain Controllers? So, in this blogpost, I’m showing you reasons why virtualization for Domain Controllers and Active Directory is a good idea. I also know there are a lot of caveats when virtualization Domain Controllers, so this blogpost serves as a small part […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for June 2019

Written on July 5, 2019 at 3:25 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 June 2019:                          What’s New New riskDetections API for Microsoft Graph […]

HOWTO: Disable Unnecessary Services and Scheduled Tasks on AD FS Servers

Written on July 4, 2019 at 10:02 PM, 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 harden the AD FS Server installations, by disabling unnecessary services running […]

Experiences with Being Published, Part 6: A Matter of Style

Written on July 3, 2019 at 2:32 PM, by

As a published technical writer, I’ve had my share of experiences working with a publisher and its editors for a period of seven months. For my own sanity, I’ll post some of my experiences in this series of blogposts on Experiences with Being Published. I feel these stories can be quite entertaining, and I might […]

HOWTO: Disable Unnecessary Services on Web Application Proxies

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:04 PM, 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. Let’s harden the Web Application Proxy installations, by disabling unnecessary services running on it. This way, we lower […]

I’m a 2019-2020 Microsoft MVP

Written on July 1, 2019 at 4:14 PM, by

Today, I received a localized e-mail from the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award team: In Dutch, it reads: Beste Sander Berkouwer, Nogmaals presenteren we u met genoegen de 2019-2020 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award als erkenning van uw buitengewone leiderschap in technische community’s. We waarderen uw uitmuntende bijdragen in de volgende technische community’s […]

Join us for the KNVI "Active Directory, What’s Cooking?" Event

Written on June 27, 2019 at 7:46 AM, by

On June 20, 2019, we officially launched the Packt Active Directory Administration Cookbook in the Netherlands. I signed a ton of books. After that fun event I was approached by the Royal Dutch Association of Information and IT Professionals (KNVI). They were interested in the book as well. As the book applies to a fairly […]