Category Archives: KnowledgeBase Articles

KnowledgeBase: You experience ‘You can't access this shared folder because your organization's security policies block unauthenticated guest access’ errors after applying the May 2021 Cumulative Update

Troubleshooting IT problems is hard. Troubleshooting problems that arise on end-user devices around the  same time as these devices automatically update should be simpler, but can be just as hard. Today, let’s talk about some behavior we’re seeing at some organizations surrounding the May 2021 Cumulative Update for Windows 10. The situation Within the organization, […]


Knowledgebase: Azure AD Connect Health Agents are not registered on Azure AD Connect installations running version

Version of Azure AD Connect that was released just last week seems to have an issue with the Azure AD Connect Health agent.   The situation You intend to synchronize objects from one or more on-premises Active Directory Domain Services implementations to an Azure AD tenant. You install Azure AD Connect version to […]


KnowledgeBase: You experience EventID 1699 on Domain Controllers targeted by Azure AD Connect

One of the issues you might encounter, when you misconfigure the delegated permissions for Azure AD Connect’s Active Directory connector account is events in your Domain Controllers’ event viewers every hour with event ID 1699. The situation You are using Azure AD Connect with Password Hash Synchronization as either the sign-in method to Azure AD […]


KnowledgeBase: Some users receive an "We're sorry, we ran into a problem" error when registering Azure MFA

Today, Raymond and I troubleshooted an issue for several people who received the ‘Sorry, we ran into a problem’ error when trying to register their security information. As is our mutual expectation, I decided to document the issue. When you run into the same situation, you might find it helpful.   The situation An Azure […]


KnowledgeBase: The WID Service consumes 100% CPU after transitioning AD FS Servers

This week, I encountered unexpected behavior with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) on a Windows Server installation that an organization had recently transitioned to from an AD FS server running a previous version of Windows Server. I’m sharing my experiences, so others may benefit from our troubleshooting and solution.   The situation Your organization […]


KnowledgeBase: LSASS on Windows 10 version 20H2 crashes and reboots unexpectedly on systems with renamed built-in administrator or guest accounts

On October 20th, 2020, Microsoft released Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042 to Visual Studio Subscribers and organizations with access to the Software Download Center and the Volume Licensing Service Center. This version is also known as Windows 10 ‘October 2020 Update’. Last week, Microsoft acknowledged an issue causing forced restarts on devices running Windows […]


KnowledgeBase: You receive “the mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid attribute is already in use” when you change the source anchor on a Staging Mode Azure AD Connect installation

In environments with multiple Azure AD Connect installations, sometimes, you experience unexpected behavior. For instance, when you want to change the source anchor from objectGUID to mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid for your Hybrid Identity implementation. The situation An organization leverages multiple Azure AD Connect installations. One installation is the actively synchronizing Azure AD Connect installation, the other installations […]


KnowledgeBase: Users receive an error when registering MFA when Security Defaults are enabled and the mobile app verification options are disabled

Organizations are still using settings in the old PhoneFactor Multi-factor Authentication portal. However, with the new Security Defaults functionality, they may hurt themselves by locking out users, after the 14-day grace period for registering multi-factor authentication expires.   About the PhoneFactor verification options The old PhoneFactor Multi-factor Authentication portal experience is a remnant of Microsoft […]


KnowledgeBase: To manage non-domain-joined Web Application Proxies with Azure AD Connect you need additional configuration on both sides

Azure AD Connect is Microsoft's free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and LDAP v3-compatible directories to Azure Active Directory. However, you can also use it to set up and manage your organization’s Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) implementation. This works […]


KnowledgeBase: App Passwords are only available to users with a non-Conditional Access MFA requirement

Multi-factor authentication is the current solution to the problem of inadequate information security in today’s world of user names and passwords. When you have enabled multi-factor authentication in Microsoft Azure and Office 365, you might need app passwords to allow for certain access to not disrupt the business.   The situation As an organization, you […]