Category Archives: Systems Administration

KnowledgeBase: Logging in to the Intune Company Portal App results in an error “Could not sign in” on Android phones with Chrome 56, and up

This morning I read a blogpost by John Arnold on the Intune Support TechNet Blog on a strange Intune-related error on Android Phones when accessing the Company Portal app. As it turned out, this is an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)-related certificate issue, so I thought I’d share it here as well.   The […]

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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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Would you like to manage AD FS on Windows Server 2016, too? No problem!

Yesterday, I blogged on the entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016. What I didn’t notice, until now, is that a management pack for Active Directory Federation Services is also available,   About the AD FS MP The Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Management Pack provides both proactive […]

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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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Why the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module is good news

Last week, Microsoft announced a new preview version of the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module. This is good news! Let me tell you why.   About the Azure AD PowerShell Module Using the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module, Azure AD Admins can manage several aspects of Azure Active Directory for their organizations and/or […]

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From the Field: The Case of the Unreanimatable Tombstone Objects

Troubleshooting stories from the field are the best. That’s why I like writing them down. Although, sometimes they might appear as straight cases of schadenfreude, I feel there are lessons to be learned for anyone, if you’re willing to look closely and listen carefully. Today, I saw someone stress over an ‘Oops!’ situation that occurred […]

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Active Directory Replication Status Tool without Operations Management Suite

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Active Directory Replication Status and Operations Management SuiteAfter the version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool, linked to in this blogpost, had also expired. (April 4), Microsoft has decided to re-release the original version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool at the original […]

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From the field: The Case of the Domain Controller that would not function after an Azure Site Recovery test failover

Last week, I was on route with Darryl van der Peijl, one of my colleagues and a Hyper-V Most Valuable Professional (MVP). We visited a customer that had some trouble with one of their Domain Controllers in combination with Azure Site Recovery (ASR): After a test failover, the Domain Controller would not function properly.   […]

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From the Field: the Case of the Active Directory trust without DNS Suffixes

Today has been one of those days, where I get to meet a new organization with a new intriguing issue, that no one has a solution for. The brief error description I got handed down read “They can’t get the Active Directory trust to work.”. Troubleshooting time!   The situation An organization that has been […]

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Ten things you should know about Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync

Azure Active Directory powers Microsoft Online Services, ranging from Office 365 to Intune, in terms of identity. While this compels to organizations in a strong way, Microsoft even offers hybrid identity options to organizations running on-premises Windows Server Active Directory  to stretch their identity layer to the cloud. The tool from Microsoft to support its […]

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