Category Archives: Best Practices

Why installing Azure AD Connect on an Active Directory Domain Controller might not be the most brilliant of ideas

When you read through Azure AD Connect’s prerequisites page, you’ll notice that Microsoft supports installing Azure AD Connect on Active Directory Domain Controllers. While this would certainly be a helpful scenario for organizations with up to 50 user accounts, I would not recommend doing so. Note: Installing Azure AD Connect on a Read-only Domain Controller […]

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Azure AD Connect 1.1.614.0 offers a load of fixes and enhanced functionality

Yesterday, Microsoft released version 1.1.614.0 of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments to Azure Active Directory.   What’s New Azure AD Connect Sync Azure AD Connect now features a Troubleshoot task in the Azure AD Connect wizard […]

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Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid

In the first part of this series, I’ve explained how Azure AD Connect version 1.1.553.0 and beyond allows you to switch from objectGUID to mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid as the source anchor attribute , the benefits of doing so and what you may and may not expect when you make the switch. Now that I’ve shown you the […]

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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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Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid

In the first part of this series, I’ve explained how Azure AD Connect version 1.1.553.0 and beyond allows you to switch from objectGUID to mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid as the source anchor attribute, the benefits of doing so and what you may and may not expect when you make the switch. In this second part, I’ll share the […]

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Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Azure AD Connect: objectGUID vs. mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid

The Azure AD Connect Team has decided to move Azure AD Connect’s default source anchor attribute in on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments from objectGUID to mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid for user objects in Azure AD Connect version 1.1.553.0, and up. When you’ve been using Azure AD Connect to synchronize objects between your on-premises Active Directory […]

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Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 5: Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server’s AD FS Adapter implementation

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution

Once you’ve branded the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure Active Directory pages, you might want to apply your corporate branding to the Active Directory Federation Services Adapter pertaining to your on-premises Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Server. For AD FS running on Windows Server 2012 R2, this means that the Azure Multi-Factor Authentication […]

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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 […]

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Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 4: Active Directory Federation Services

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) plays a huge part in your Hybrid Identity implementation. For colleagues using their domain credentials on domain-joined devices located on-premises , through Kerberos, they gain Single Sign-On (SSO) access to web apps your organization uses. For roaming colleagues, AD FS offers Single Sign-On on a per browser session basis, […]

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Branding your Hybrid Identity Solution, Part 1: Introduction

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

Many 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 main drivers to onboard on Microsofts vision. When looking at People, Process and Technology, […]

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