Category Archives: Active Directory

Forcing the use of a specific Azure Multi-Factor Authentication method for a Relying Party Trust in AD FS

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in combination with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Server work together when you install and configure the Azure MFA Adapter for AD FS. Now, per Relying Party Trust (RPT) in Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), you might want to force the use of a specific Azure Multi-Factor Authentication method. […]

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Prompting colleagues for their Multi-Factor Authentication method in AD FS

Since version 7 of the on-premises Azure MFA Server, a new setting is available that might make sense in your Hybrid Identity environment when using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), called Prompt for user’s method. According to the Azure MFA Server 7.1.2.1 Release Notes, this feature is available since version 7.0.0.9. In the release […]

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Only Three Months of Support remain for DirSync and Azure AD Sync

As I wrote earlier, Microsoft ends support for implementations using the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool and implementations of DirSync per April 13, 2017. As I write this, there is a mere three months left to take care of your migration to a recent version of Azure AD Connect and the implementation of lifecycle management […]

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Version 1.1.380.0 of Azure AD Connect fixes a bug in multi-domain scenarios

Last week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, dubbed version 1.1.380.0, that contains a bug fix that is especially applicable to organizations using Azure AD Connect in a networking environment consisting of multiple Active Directory domains and/or Active Directory Forests.   What’s New In this build of Azure AD Connect, an issue […]

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An entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 is now available

When organizations embrace new versions of software in a structured way, they end up with checklists, much like the ones I wrote for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Migrating end-user device Operating Systems (OSs), however, is different to embracing a new version of the Windows Server Operating System (OS). From an information security point of […]

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Azure AD Connect 1.1.371.0 offers Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-On preview capabilities

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, dubbed version 1.1.370.0, featuring two new Hybrid Identity features. This morning, Microsoft released an even newer version of Azure AD Connect with version number 1.1.371.0, fixing an issue that customers experienced when upgrading to 1.1.370.0. Let’s look at the new features in these two versions […]

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Azure AD Connect version 1.1.343.0 with support for Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016

Yesterday, while I was chatting with a company in the North of Netherlands on Azure, Microsoft released version 1.1.343.0 of Azure AD Connect, for all your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services and LDAP v3 to Azure Active Directory, and thus Office 365, synchronization needs. Version 1.1.343.0 of Azure AD Connect, dubbed the November 2016 release, […]

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KnowledgeBase: Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard shows ‘Windows Server Technical Preview’ functional levels

Last week, Microsoft officially released Windows Server 2016, its ‘latest and greatest’ Serer Operating System for use as hypervisor, just enough server, management serer and of course, Azure IaaS-based Virtual Machines (VMs).   The situation Windows Server 2016 was announced Release to Manufacturers (RTM) during the Keynote of Microsoft’s Ignite event on September 26, 2016, […]

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I’ll be presenting at Microsoft Sinergija 16

I received a message from Microsoft Serbia on an opportunity to speak at its yearly Sinergija event at the Crowne Plaza hotel and conference center in Belgrade on October 17th and October 18th 2016; An event, a Microsoft subsidiary and a country with an extensive legacy and rich heritage. Readers of my blog in this […]

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Azure AD Connect version 1.1.281.0 has been released

Last week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect for all your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services and LDAP v3 to Azure Active Directory, and thus Office 365, synchronization needs. Version 1.1.281.0 of Azure AD Connect, dubbed the August 2016 release, adds fixes and improvements. Fixed issues This version introduces fixes for the […]

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