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Windows Server 2019’s January 2019 Quality Update fixes the issue with Domain Controller Promotions for new domains

Written on January 24, 2019 at 7:27 PM, by

Windows Server 2019’s January 2019 Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 17763.292 , offers a fix for the issue you might be experiencing on your Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019-based Domain Controllers.   About Windows Server 2019 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for Windows Server 2019, as outlined […]

The mysterious case of a failed account recovery and orphaned mailbox

Written on January 14, 2019 at 11:25 AM, by

In this blogpost I want to address two real-life cases that I encountered in the same Microsoft Office 365 tenant. The reason why I address the two issues in this one blog is because the errors and steps to resolution, were identical for both issues. Background Information The issues occurred in a cloud-only tenant. The […]

The mysterious case of Azure Backup Agent not running its schedule

Written on January 9, 2019 at 6:47 PM, by

This blogpost addresses a real-life issue that I encountered when migrating virtual servers. To give an impression of the situation I will give some background information. Background information The case starts with a migration of an existing virtual environment. The goal of the customer was to leave their current solutions provider and transfer server management […]

HOWTO: Install CensorNet’s SMS PASSCODE AD FS Agent

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:18 PM, by

Today, I had the pleasure of installing and configuring the AD FS Agent that is part of CensorNet’s SMS PASSCODE product., version 2018 (version 10). Here’s how to perform this task yourself.   About the Extensible Authentication Framework Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) offers the Extensible Authentication Framework (EAF). Leveraging this functionality, multi-factor authentication […]

KnowledgeBase: The Windows Server 2019 Active Directory DFL and FFL do not exist

Written on January 4, 2019 at 1:54 PM, by

There is no Windows Server 2019 Forest Functional Level (FFL) or Windows Server 2019 Domain Functional Level (DFL) in Microsoft Windows Server’s Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).   Impact The unavailability of the Windows Server 2019 Forest Functional Level (FFL) and Windows Server 2019 Domain Functional Level (DFL) has the following impact: There are, […]

The DirTeam.com/ActiveDir.org Weblogs in 2018

Written on December 31, 2018 at 2:08 PM, by

Goodbye 2018! As we say goodbye to yet another calendar year, we’re sharing our achievements for the past year. Pageviews and visits Throughout 2017, the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs served five and a half million pages. To be exact: we saw 5,609,225 pageviews. From a visitor point of view, this results in the following diagram: […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for December 2018

Written on December 27, 2018 at 12:57 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 new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for December 2018:    What’s New Administrators can require users to accept a […]

Azure AD Connect version 1.2.70.0 updates the non-standard connectors

Written on December 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM, by

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its 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. What’s Fixed There is only one fix in version 1.2.70.0. This build updates the non-standard connectors […]

Critical DNS Server Heap Overflow Vulnerability could allow Remote Code Execution (Critical, CVE-2018-8626)

Written on December 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM, by

This week, for its December 11th 2018 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a security update for supported versions of Windows Server acting as DNS Servers. As many Domain Controllers are installed and configured as such, this is a serious vulnerability. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how Windows DNS servers handle requests.          About the […]

Azure AD Connect v1.2.69.0 fixes an issue with Device Write-Back

Written on December 12, 2018 at 1:46 PM, by

Late last week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its 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.      What’s Fixed There is only one fix in version 1.2.69.0. This hotfix build […]