Category Archives: Azure

Connecting to Azure MFA Server’s Web Service SDK using certificate authentication

Recently, I’ve been involved in some larger Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Server projects as a senior engineer with a couple of demanding customers. It’s been a lot of fun and quite the roller coaster ride. In my opinion, an increasing number of organizations are looking to implement multi-factor authentication. They may be required to by […]

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Ten Things you need to know about Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server is Microsofts product to add the magic of multi-factor authentication to your organizations on-premises enterprise infrastructure. I’ve been designing, implementing, updating and managing Azure Multi-Factor Authentication for several organizations. It has become one of my favorite tools in my toolbox, but there are a couple of things that I think you […]

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I’m presenting at the Dutch Windows Management User Group 2017-4 Meetup

The Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG) is one of the more active IT Pro user groups in the Netherlands. I was honored when they invited me to speak at their next meetup on September 13, 2017. Of course, I’d present at this meetup; their fourth meetup this year!   About the Dutch Windows Management […]

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KnowledgeBase: When you activate the Microsoft Authenticator App on Android 5.x you receive “Your device does not trust the activation URL”

The mobile world is still a fragmented world, where various versions of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android compete for usage share. With people still getting accustomed to today’s throw-away society and handset manufacturers and vendors tailoring to their needs, there’s people using three years old Operating Systems on mobile phones they just purchased.   The […]

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KnowledgeBase: When you activate the Microsoft Authenticator App you receive “The remote server returned an error: NotFound”

I’ve written about the Multi-Factor Authentication server quite extensively. I’ve been pretty content with text messages for authentication, but since DRAFT NIST Special Publication 800-63B, Out-of-Band (OOB) using the PSTN (SMS or voice) is deprecated (ref 5.1.3.2) I’ve been taking a closer look at the Microsoft Authenticator app.   The situation Microsoft’s on-premises Multi-Factor Authentication […]

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I’m speaking at Techorama Belgium 2017

A while back, I heard from the Techorama Belgium organization that they merged their Microsoft developer-focused event with ITPROceed to create one big Belgium Microsoft Community event: Techorama I was invited to share any presentations I deemed fit for such a conference and the organization actually picked one…   About Techorama Techorama is a yearly […]

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Delivering the honest truth on Azure, this Wednesday with colleague Marc Westerink

It’s no secret that we talk to a lot of organizations about Microsoft Azure. Most of the time, our focus is on Azure Active Directory, Hybrid Identity. We enjoy interacting with organizations on Microsofts holistic approach to Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) and the Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE), but also on Digital Transformation and Modern […]

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Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server 7.3.0.3 with lots of improvements

After January’s Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server version 7.2.0.1 release, over the weekend, Microsoft released version 7.3.0.0 of its on-premises Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server with a lot of performance improvements and other fixes.  While the changes mentioned in the change log aren’t world shocking, this release should alleviate much of the problems you might have with […]

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Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 6: The Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server User Portal

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

To avoid service desk calls, you can implement Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server’s User Portal. Colleagues enrolled in Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can access this portal to change their phone number(s), change their verification method and/or enroll and/or remove devices with the Azure Authenticator app. Even if they screw up their verification options badly, they can still […]

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Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 2: Recommendations

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution

Before we go applying changes to our Hybrid Identity implementation, I feel it’s a good time to discuss some of my recommendations for branding. These below five recommendations flow from my own personal experience branding the components of Hybrid Identity implementations.   Built-in branding vs. Full customization For Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), you […]

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