Pictures of WinDays 16 in Porec, Croatia

I’ve spent the last few days in the beautiful Istrian coast city of Poreč in Croatia (also known as Parenzo in Italian) with my Balkan friends and community members for the WinDays 16 event. I was a speaker for WinDays XV in 2015 in Umag and was really looking forward to this event as it is just a wonderful event in beautiful locations with fantastic speakers.

The venue this year for WinDays was the Valamar Isabella Island Resort on Sveti Nikola Island off the coast of Poreč, looking out over the Adriatic See on one side and of Poreč from the other side. I drove with Romeo Mlinar and Aleksandar Nikolic from Zagreb to Poreč and was just amazed with the views, the castle from 1887 and the lighthouse dating back to 1403:

View on the Porec Palazzo (click for larger photo, shot by Aleksandar Nikolic)
The Valamar Infinity Pool (click for larger photo)The Castle on Sveti Nikola Island (click for larger photo)
The Valamar Isabelle Island Resort (click for larger photo)

We didn’t have much time, because roughly the moment we got off the ferry, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 Technology Preview 5. Needless to say, Aleksandar and I went to our room, downloaded the bits and started incorporating the new build in our Windows presentations…

The lighthouse on Sveti Nikola Island (click for larger photo)WinDays 16 Speaker Badge (click for larger photo)The Castle on Sveti Nikola Island (click for larger photo)

The first presentation on the schedule was the 9:30 AM 45-minute session in room Momenti 4 on ‘Hybrid Identity in 4 steps with Azure AD Connect’:

Hybrid Identity in 4 steps Title Slide (click for larger photo)
Explaining how we came to have Azure AD Connect (click for larger photo)Posing for a new Speaker Avatar (click for larger photo)

This was the session before the WinDays Technology Keynote, so we stayed in the room while it filled with the roughly 1000 attendees.

We enjoyed some more sessions, before we went back to the hotel to relax a bit and make the final tweaks to Aleksandar’s 9:30 AM session on Friday and my 12:15 PM session.

At 12:15 it was time for my introduction session to Azure Active Directory for Active Directory admins. The WinDays organizers asked me to deliver this session, and asked me to condense it to 30 minutes, so they could fit it in the prestigious Castle 6 room.

View from outside on Castle 6 (click for larger photo, courtesy of WinDays Event)Presenting on Azure AD Connect's Express Settings (click for larger photo, courtesy of WinDays Event)

Room Castle 6 was an awesome and intimate room with nice chandeliers, an impressive mirror and only 50 seats, for those who made it in time to grab one.

I explained how to embrace Azure Active Directory from an on-premises point of view, achieving Single Sign-on and Multi-factor Authentication with ease, as well as embracing Active Directory from the cloud using the Operations Management Suite (OMS) with its assessments and incredibly rich monitoring and reporting capabilities.

After our sessions, it was time for some leisure, so Aleksandar and I decided to take a swim in the hotel pool.

Swimmer Speakers (photo by Romeo Mlinar)

I enjoyed my time in Croatia and would like to thank all of you who attended my sessions. It’s back to work for me, but the memories of these last two weeks will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you! Glimlach

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Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 build 14300 is available

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

 

Download

TechNet Evaluation Center

If you’re interested in test driving the latest version of Windows Server 2016, you’ll be happy to know that Technical Preview 5 is now available on the Microsoft TechNet Evaluation Center.

You can choose between two downloads:

  1. The ISO file for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 Standard and Datacenter
  2. The VHD file for Nano Server Technical Preview 5

MSDN Subscription

If you have a MSDN subscription, four Technical Preview 5 downloads await you:

  1. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 (x64) – DVD
    en_windows_server_2016_technical_preview_5_x64_dvd_8512312.iso
    4959 MB
  2. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 Language Pack (x64) – DVD
    mu_windows_server_2016_technical_preview_5_language_pack_x64_dvd_8512637.iso
    1081 MB
  3. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 Symbols (x64)en_windows_server_2016_technical_preview_5_symbols_x64_8519429.msi
    810 MB
  4. Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 5 (x64) – DVD
    en_windows_server_2016_technical_preview_5_symbols_x64_8519429.msi
    4336 MB

 

Editions

Choose Standard or Datacenter edition, depending on the features you need:

Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 Standard offers:

  • Up to 2 VM’s or Hyper-V containers
  • Unlimited Windows containers
  • New Nano Server deployment option for "just enough OS"

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter offers:

  • Unlimited VM’s and Hyper-V containers
  • Unlimited Windows containers
  • New Nano Server deployment option for "just enough OS"
  • Shielded VM’s and Host Guardian Service
  • Storage features, including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
  • New networking stack

Nano Server

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 offers a new installation option: Nano Server. It is a remotely managed option similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability, and only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts than Windows Server with the full desktop experience.

See Getting Started with Nano Server for full details.

  

Languages

Available languages for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 are:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish (Sweden)
  • Turkish

  

Version

The buildstring for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 is version 10.0.14300.1010.rs1_release_svc.160415-2143

  

Preview Disclaimer

As a reminder, these are early pre-release builds. Many of the features and scenarios are still in development. As such, these builds are not intended for production environments, labs, nor full evaluations. This is pre-released software; features and functionality may differ in the final release. 

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DirSync and Azure AD Sync will reach End of Support on April 13, 2017

In an e-mail message from the Azure Team, many of us got a notice that the 64-bit Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) tool and the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool are both deprecated and will reach end of support on April 13, 2017.

As the Azure team described it:

These older tools have been replaced with a single solution that is available for all scenarios: Azure AD Connect. It offers new functionality, feature enhancements, and support for new scenarios. To be able to continue to synchronize your on-premises identity data to Azure AD and Office 365, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to Azure AD Connect.

Note: 
The 32-bit version of DirSync has been deprecated since January 1, 2013.

Microsoft also issued an official page on the deprecation notice.

 

What solutions are being deprecated?

DirSync

The Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) tool was Microsofts first tool to make it possible for organization to synchronize user accounts and groups between their on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and Azure Active Directory. Its most appealing use was to synchronize these objects for Office 365, Microsofts cloud productivity suite that uses Azure Active Directory as its identity store.

DirSync was aimed at organization with a single Active Directory forest.
Version 7022.000 is the last release of DirSync, dating back to July 31, 2014.

Azure AD Sync

The stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool was introduced in late 2014 and its last release dates back to May 2015 (version 1.0.494.0501). Its goal was identical to DirSync: to synchronize objects between on-premises Active Directory Domain Services environments and Azure Active Directory.

However, Azure AD Sync was aimed at organizations with multiple Active Directory forests and other advanced scenarios. The Azure AD Sync tool, however, didn’t offer the same breadth of functionality as DirSync did.

Azure AD Sync was folded into Azure AD Connect, when Azure AD Connect became Generally Available (GA) as version 1.0.8641.0 in June 2015.

  

About Azure AD Connect

Azure Active Directory Connect is the new ‘umbrella’ product to achieve Hybrid Identity.

Unlike the DirSync and Azure AD Sync tools, Azure Active Directory offers an implementation wizard for every aspect of Hybrid Identity in both single and multi-forest environments. Since version 1.1, Azure AD Connect also supports 3rd party LDAP directories.

When used together with Azure AD Premium and/or Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) licenses, Azure AD Connect supports password write-back, group write-back, device write-back and directory extensions.

The latest version of Azure AD Connect, currently, is version 1.1.130.0, released on April 12, 2016.

 

Call to Action

When you have either the DirSync tool, the Azure AD Sync tool or a version of Azure AD Connect below 1.1.x deployed for your Azure Active Directory synchronization needs, you are strongly urged to plan to migrate to Azure AD Connect version 1.1.130.0 or up.

The FAQ on the deprecation of DirSync and the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool, additionally, hints at a future deprecation of the Windows Azure Active Directory Connector for FIM.

Further reading

Edugeek – DirSync/Azure AD Sync – End of Support 2017 
Notice! Deprecation of Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync), Azure AD Sync 
Office 365 ends support for the 32-bit DirSync tool on January 1, 2013

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Pictures of the Microsoft Community event at Microsoft Hrvatska in Zagreb

The Croatian IT Pro User Group asked me to present a 75-minute session on the ‘Ten most common Mistakes with AD FS and Hybrid Identity’ at Microsoft Hrvatska in Zagreb yesterday.

This event was shared with the Croatian IT Pros on the Microsoft Community website, and 56 people decided to sign up for the meeting, even though I presented the session in English (Until recently, English wasn’t taught in schools, in favor of German and Russian) and the session date didn’t fall in the regular schedule for the IT Pro User group. (Normally, they meet every first Tuesday of the month.)

Microsoft Hrvatska in Zagreb (click for larger photo)

We were early at Microsoft Hrvatska to avoid rush hour and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee downstairs, before we went to the 6th floor that Microsoft rents in the building.

We went upstairs to prepare and people started pouring in. At around 5:35PM, Romeo Mlinar provided a short introduction in Croatian. After that I presented up to 7:05PM.

Titel Slide (click for larger photo)Making fun of Romeo's Windows Phone (click for larger photo)Presenting while walking (click for original photo by Romeo Mlinar)
The audience for last night (click for larger photo by Romeo Mlinar)NTLM Brrrr... (click for larger photo, by Goran Zarinac)

As a group, we enjoyed pizza after the session and then went to the other side of the street to Caffe Eter to enjoy a beer. I had some good conversations and the general feedback I got was that it was a good session.

 A Dutch Guy enjoying a German Beer in Croatia (click for larger photo)

Cheers! Glimlach 

 

Further reading

I will be speaking at Microsoft NetWork 6 in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina 
I’ll be speaking at Microsoft Hrvatska for IT Pro User Group Zagreb on April 21 
I will be presenting at WinDays 16 in Porec

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Pictures of Microsoft Network 6

As I mentioned last week, I was invited as a speaker for the Microsoft Network 6 event in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The venue for this event is the Grand Hotel Neum, which is a great hotel with superb conference rooms. Combined with Microsofts great staff and the absolutely delightful weather, speakers and attendees, this made for a really enjoyable experience:

The Grand Hotel Neum (click for larger photo)
The balcony outside the Hotel Lobby (picture by Dijana)View from the balcony of the Grand Hotel Neum (click for larger photo)

I flew from Amsterdam to Zagreb via Paris with Air France and Croatia Air. Then, from Zagreb, Romeo Mlinar drove to Neum, showing me lots of interesting sites on our way down.

When we arrived, we registered and met up with everyone:

My Network 6 Speaker Badge (click for larger photo)Discussing technology with friends :-) (click for larger photo)

We watched the Network 6 Keynote from the lobby and then got some dinner. I shared a room with Romeo, and we went to the room early to get a good night’s rest.

The next day, I attended several sessions. I attended Thomas Maurer’s session on ‘What’s New in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016’, John Craddock’s session on ‘What’s New in Identity in Windows Server 2016’, Andy Malone’s session on ‘Forensics and eDiscovery Internals’ and Slavko Kukrika’s session on ‘Windows 10 i Azure AD’. That last session was in Serbian, but I could actually follow the session, due to the English slides ansd Slavko’s excellent presentation skills.

John Craddock presenting the new AD FS features in Windows Server 2016 (click for larger photo)Slavko's excellent slide on the differences between Active Directory and Azure Active Directory (click for larger photo)Andy presenting in the Cinema Room (click for larger photo)

After a day, filled with sessions, it was time for dinner. John, Andy and I joined Martina Grom, Toni Pohl, Sasha Kranjac and Adis Jugo at Restoran Laguna, where we enjoyed large plates filled with meat, fish and shellfish, along with some really nice housewines.

We took a peek at the Network party, but I decided it wasn’t for me, because I was scheduled to present the 9AM session the next day in the cinema room (kino sala):

Grand Hotel Neum's Kino Sala (click for larger photo, by Andy Malone)Presenting (click for larger photo, by Andy Malone)
Presenting (click for larger photo, by Romeo Mlinar)

My 45-minute session on the ‘Ten most common Mistakes with AD FS and Hybrid Identity’ was a lot of fun, and I managed to give some really solid handles to the underlying technologies and actual implementations to the audience. I received some great reviews after the session.

We had to clear the hotel room before 11AM, so this was our top priority after the session, which is a shame, because I couldn’t attend the sessions in the 10AM –10:45AM time slot. Luckily, we met up for pizza at 2PM, so John could fill me in on his opinion on the Azure App Proxy.

After lunch, Romeo and I said ‘Bok!’ to Neum and headed back to Zagreb, but not without enjoying the view of Skradin on our way over.

The city of Skradin (click for larger photo)

 

I love this country! Glimlach  

 

Further reading

I will be speaking at Microsoft NetWork 6 in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina  
I will be presenting at WinDays 16 in Porec 
I’ll be speaking at Microsoft Hrvatska for IT Pro User Group Zagreb on April 21 
Pictures of WinDays XV 
I’ll be speaking at WinDays Croatia 15

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Azure AD Connect version 1.1.130.0 offers new functionality

Azure Active DirectoryOn April 12, 2016, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, dubbed version 1.1.130.0. This release brings improvements to a lesser-known function of Azure AD Connect, expands on the automatic upgrade scenarios and adds PowerShell Cmdlets to manage the built-in scheduler, that is new in Azure AD Connect version 1.1.x.

  

What’s New

Multi-valued Directory Extensions

Version 1.0.8641.0 of Azure AD Connect introduced the Directory Extensions functionality, that allows organizations to sync attributes for objects in the on-premises Active Directory Domain Services environment(s), that they have created themselves using Active Directory schema extensions.

Unfortunately, up until this release, the Directory Extensions were limited to single-valued attributes. This version adds support for multi-valued attributes to Directory Extensions.

More Automatic Upgrade Scenarios

This version of Azure AD Connect adds support for more configuration variations for automatic upgrade to be considered eligible for upgrade.

This means, that even more organizations can benefit from the automatic upgrade functionality, new since version 1.1x of Azure AD Connect, than before.

PowerShell Cmdlets for Scheduler

The team added the following PowerShell Cmdlets for the custom scheduler:

  • Invoke-ADSyncRunProfile
  • Get-ADSyncConnectorRunStatus

Using these PowerShell Cmdlets you can schedule the Connectors, if the built-in scheduler does not satisfy your requirements.

 

Version information

This is version 1.1.130.0 of Azure AD Connect.

 

Download information

You can download Azure AD Connect here.
The download weighs 73,7 MB.

 

Concluding

If the Automatic Updating functionality  hasn’t already upgraded your Azure AD Connect installation to version 1.1.130.0, you can download this version of Azure AD Connect above.

With the automatic upgrade feature functionality expanded to even more scenarios in this version, it might just be the last time you had to upgrade Azure AD Connect, manually. Knipogende emoticon

Further reading

Azure AD Connect version 1.1.119.0 
Upgrade to Azure AD Connect 1.1.110.0 for your convenience 
Azure AD Connect 1.1.105.0 is here 
Azure AD Connect 1.0.9131 is here 
A new version of Azure AD Connect was released today

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I am a 2016 Veeam Vanguard

Veeam Vanguard

Last week, I received an e-mail from Rick Vanover from Veeam congratulating me with being selected for the 2016 Veeam Vanguard Program by the Veeam Vanguard team.

The Vanguard program is led by the Veeam Technical Product Marketing & Evangelism team and supported by the entire company. It’s a program around the community of Veeam experts that truly gets Veeam’s message, understand Veeam’s products and are Veeam’s closest peers in IT.

I feel honored.

 

As Didier, as an inaugural (2015) and renewed (2016) Veeam Vanguard points out, honest and straight-forward feedback is always appreciated by Veeam.

As it appears, I was also nominated for this award last year, but did not make the cut. Last year, my colleague Joep Piscaer was awarded as the sole Dutchman, but this year, the list of Veeam Vanguards features multiple Dutch Veeam aficionados. Glimlach

 

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I will be presenting at WinDays 16 in Porec

Last year, I presented two sessions at WinDays 15 Technology in Umag, Croatia. This year, the WinDays event organizers asked me to present again, at WinDays Technology 16.

About WinDays

WinDays 16

WinDays, the largest regional business and technology conference, will celebrate its 16th anniversary this year. The conference brings together more than 1,500 attendees from Croatia and the region, as well as the most prestigious international and regional speakers and lecturers from the world of business and technology.

The WinDays 16 Technology conference arrives in a new, refreshed edition. In line with Microsoft’s openness to cooperation within the IT industry and the company’s activities over the past years, the conference will expand the range of topics and bring two new tracks: digital and open source. Along with brand new technology topics, participants will hear the news from the IT world and get introduced to technological tools and solutions that can improve business, as well as organization of the personal life.

Valamar Isabella Island Resort

WinDays 16 Technology will take place on Thursday April 28 and Friday April 29, 2016 at the Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč, Croatia.

 

I will be presenting one 45-minute session on WinDays 16:

Hybrid Identity in 4 steps with Azure AD Connect

Thursday April 28 09:30 AM – 10:15 AM Momenti 3 level 300

New Hybrid Cloud scenarios introduce new identity challenges. But how do you overcome these? How do you properly design and implement hybrid identity in the real world? In this demo-packed session I show you in 4 easy steps how to enable hybrid identity in your environment and the default settings you get in the process. Want something else? We’ve got you covered! We’ll dive as deep into Azure AD Connect as we need to.

 

See you there? Glimlach

 

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I’ll be speaking at Microsoft Hrvatska for IT Pro User Group Zagreb on April 21

Romeo Mlinar, a Hyper-V MVP from Croatia, asked me to speak at the Microsoft IT Pro User Group Zagreb at Microsoft Hrvatska on Thursday evening April 21, 2016. Since I’m in Croatia and Bosnia Microsoft NetWork/6 anyway, I might as well make myself useful. Glimlach

Zagreb

I will be presenting 75 minutes on:

Ten most common mistakes when deploying ADFS and Hybrid Identity

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is the Microsoft technology to bridge your on-premises Identity systems towards cloud Identity providers like Azure Active Directory. Colleagues depend on a reliable, yet cost effective deployment of AD FS and it’s our jobs as IT Pros to make it happen. This session covers the 10 most common mistakes we see in the field with organizations that have deployed AD FS. Learn from their mistakes; whether you’ve already deployed AD FS and want to make your implementation more robust, or holding off deploying AD FS to not step into these pitfalls.

 

Note:
This is the same session I have presented dring IT ProCEED in Belgium in June last year, and the same presentation I’ll be presenting during Microsoft NetWork/6 in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After the presentation I will be around for other questions, and of course the complimentary pizza and drinks. Knipogende emoticon

 

Will I see you there?

This is a free event.
Please feel welcome at Microsoft Hrvatska, Horvatova 82 Zagreb on April 21, 2016. We’ll start at 17:30.

More information and registration link

 

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I will be speaking at Microsoft NetWork 6 in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last year, when I was at the WinDays conference in Umag, Croatia, I met with people from the region and was subsequently invited as a speaker for the NetWork conference in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unfortunately, last year I couldn’t make it due to other travel plans… This year, though, I am able to make it! Glimlach

 

About Microsoft NetWork 6

NetWork 6 Logo

Micosoft’s NetWork conference is a yearly event in the city of Neum in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It offers a range of international speakers like Andy Malone, John Craddock, Thomas Maurer, Maarten Balliauw and local speakers like Srđan Stević, Luka Manojlovic, Slavko Kukrika, Marin Franković, Ljubo Brodarić and Romeo Mlinar.

Grand Hotel Neum

The event is held at the Grand Hotel, Neum between April 18 and April 20, 2016.
On Monday, the conference starts with a keynote at 6PM. Tuesday and Wednesday are packed with 45-minute sessions on both IT Pro and Developer-related topics.

Its twitter hashtag is #MSNetWork.

 

My presentation

You’ll find my in the Kino Sala on April 20, 2014 between 9:00 AM and 9:45 AM.
I will be presenting the 45-minute version of:

Ten most common mistakes when deploying AD FS and Hybrid Identity

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is the Microsoft technology to bridge your on-premises Identity systems towards cloud Identity providers like Azure Active Directory. Colleagues depend on a reliable, yet cost effective deployment of AD FS and it’s our jobs as IT Pros to make it happen. This session covers the 10 most common mistakes we see in the field with organizations that have deployed AD FS. Learn from their mistakes; whether you’ve already deployed AD FS and want to make your implementation more robust, or holding off deploying AD FS to not step into these pitfalls.

 

See you there?

 

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