Category Archives: Active Directory

Azure AD Connect v1.1.553.0 addresses a critical security vulnerability … and offers new functionality, too

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its free tool to synchronize objects from your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services environment to Azure Active Directory. It addresses a critical security vulnerability, but also offers new functionality, like delegate write-back from Exchange Online to Exchange Server on-premises.,   Vulnerability could allow Elevation of […]


Azure AD Connect 1.1.524.0 brings a ton of new functionality to Hybrid Identity

Microsoft released a new version of its Azure AD Connect tool earlier this week (May 15) dubbed the May 2017 release. This is the big release, a lot of us have been hoping for, because it brings a ton of new functionality. Personally, this release solves one of my ten biggest pains with Azure AD […]


Pictures of the April 2017 IT Pro User Group at Microsoft Hrvatska in Zagreb

Last April, I was invited by the Microsoft IT Pro User Group to present a 75 minute session on Azure AD Join at Microsoft Croatia’s Headquarters in Zagreb. Since I was spending some time in the region between Microsoft Bosnia and Hergovina’s Network event and the Croatian WinDays, I had no trouble finding the place. […]


Azure AD Connect versions 1.1.484.0 and 1.1.486.0 offer great enhancements

Last Friday, Microsoft has released version 1.1.486.0 of its free Hybrid Identity bridge software product: Azure AD Connect. Together with the changes of the short-lived 1.1.484.0 version of this tool, many admins should get big smiles on their faces from the many enhancements made   What’s New Azure AD Connect sync Azure AD Connect Sync […]


Whitepaper: What’s New in Active Directory Domain Services since Windows Server 2008 R2

The last couple of months, I have actively worked together with Veeam to profile their excellent Veeam Explorer for Active Directory and to help people get more out of their current investments in on-premises Active Directory Domain Services. One of the projects we’ve worked on is a whitepaper that details what’s new in Active Directory […]


Join me for an Active Directory Backup and Recovery webinar, in cooperation with Veeam

This year, as a Veeam Vanguard, I’m hosting a series of three Active Directory Domain Services webinars, together with Timothy Dewin and hosted by Veeam. With the basics and most of the virtualization gotcha;s covered, on March 21, it’s time for the topic everyone has been waiting for: Backup and Recovery. It’s the last webinar […]


Critical Flaw in SMB1 could allow remote code execution on Active Directory Domain Controllers (MS17-010, KB4013389)

Today, for its March 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a security update for supported versions of Windows Server offering File Sharing services using the Server Message Block (SMB) version 1.0 protocol. The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting how SMBv1 handles specially crafted requests.   About the vulnerabilities The vulnerabilities that are fixed with […]


Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 3: Azure Active Directory

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity SolutionAs mentioned in the Introduction post to this series, we’ll try to achieve a unified and consistent experience for end-users when using our Hybrid Identity implementation. For many end-users the Azure Active Directory Logon Pages are their first entry into their […]


Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 1: Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity SolutionMany organizations embrace the new reality of Hybrid Identity. For many of them, the increased level of security towards both on-premises resources and cloud services is the main reason to do so: Single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) are two […]


Azure AD Connect v1.1.443.0 is here

Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect yesterday. It is dubbed the March 2017 release, but internally listens to version 1.1.443.0. It comes with an pretty long list of fixes and new features, to coincide with the General Availability (GA) of Azure AD Connect Health for Windows Server Active Directory last week:   […]