Category Archives: Deployment

Deprecation of older Azure AD Connect versions announced for November 1, 2020

This, week, the Azure AD Connect team made the following announcement on the Azure AD Connect: Version release history page: Starting on November 1st, 2020, we will begin implementing a deprecation process whereby versions of Azure AD Connect that were released more than 18 months ago will be deprecated. At that time we will begin […]


From the Field: The case of the unreachable forest on a domain-joined Azure AD Connect installation

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. Last week I experienced an issue with Azure AD Connect at […]


Configuring Geo-Redundancy for AD FS on-premises with Azure Traffic Manager

Last week, I showed you how to perform a simple Hybrid Identity implementation with AD FS on-premises. While this scenario is easy and fast to deploy, it also has a couple of downsides. One of them is the risk of ‘AD FS Unavailability’ and the inability to authenticate to cloud resources when the on-premises environment […]


Performing a simple Hybrid Identity implementation with AD FS on-premises

In this blogpost, I’ll explain how to install and configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure AD Connect to achieve Hybrid Identity with Azure Active Directory, based on Windows Server 2016. The implementation outlined in this blogpost is relevant for one on-premises datacenter and an Active Directory Domain Services environment, consisting of one […]


Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Feature Requirements

A while ago, I wrote a blogpost on the requirements you’d need to meet to take advantage of Active Directory features in Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2008 R2. Since Windows Server 2012 was released almost a year ago, it’s time to look at the requirements for Active Directory features in Windows Server 2012.


System Center 2012 ServicePack 1 has arrived for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

System Center 2012 was released in April 2012, well before Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 were released. As a consequence, these Operating Systems weren't supported. This functionality was slated for System Center 2012 with ServicePack 1, among other new exciting new functionality. This makes ServicePack 1 for System Center 2012 not just an ordinary […]


New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 13: Domain Controller Cloning

In the previous blogpost in this series I discussed virtualization-aware Active Directory. With the use of the newly introduced VM-GenerationID, virtual Domain Controllers can now detect when they are reverted back to an earlier state or when their virtual hard disk is reused. Let’s look into the latter scenario a bit. In Windows Server 2008 […]


New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 3: New Upgrade Process

While a lot of lab environments will be set up as I explained in part 2 of this series (with the New Promotion Process), in the real world a lot of Active Directory environments will be upgraded or transitioned, because they’re already equipped with Domain Controllers running a previous version of Windows Server. In this […]


New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 2: New Promotion Process

As I’ve mentioned in my overview post, earlier today, one of the new features of Windows Server 2012 is a new Domain Controller Promotion Tool. In this blogpost I’ll dive a little deeper on this statement.


How To Install Windows Server 8 (build 8102)

Alongside the Windows 8 Developer Preview of the Windows client, Microsoft released the Windows Server bits of the same build as well. Where the Windows client is released to the general public and has probably seen over a million downloads this first day, the Windows Server bits can only be downloaded when you have a […]