Category Archives: Office 365

Creating a clean MyApps and Office Portal Experience

As we help organizations embrace Hybrid Identity, we often encounter politics or standards that dictate that we take baby steps. I fully agree with taking the smallest steps possible, for it keeps roll-back steps small and useful, too. However, Azure Active Directory, currently, is not a cloud service you can enable without some default functionality. […]


Azure AD Connect Custom Settings vs Express Settings

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 LDAPv3-based identity platforms to Azure Active Directory. During installation, Azure AD Connect offers a choice. This is the first choice and also the most fundamental choice for Azure AD […]


Your Exchange Online Contingency Plan is here with Veeam Backup for Office 365

As an organization delivering the full stack of the Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) to large international customers in highly-regulated verticals, we often get the question on an ‘exit strategy’ or ‘contingency plan’ for cloud services, like Office 365. Being a Microsoft partner and Veeam partner with a Microsoft cloud focus makes us unique and allows […]


Microsoft Authenticator – One easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs

As announced on July 25, today, Microsoft’s new Microsoft Authenticator app replaces both its Azure Authenticator and Microsoft Account app as the one easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs. Now, I’m not sure whether Microsoft will use the above slogan for the app, but to me it sums up what this new app […]


DirSync and Azure AD Sync will reach End of Support on April 13, 2017

In an e-mail message from the Azure Team, many of us got a notice that the 64-bit Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) tool and the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool are both deprecated and will reach end of support on April 13, 2017. As the Azure team described it: These older tools have been […]


Five Things you should know about using DirSync with Password Sync

In version 1.0.6385.12 of the Windows Azure Directory Synchronization tool (or DirSync for short) Microsoft introduced the ability for administrators to synchronize password(hashe)s to Azure Active Directory. I’ve blogged about the DirSync tool in the past, when the 32bit tool was deprecated, and today, with the Password Sync functionality, I feel I have good reason […]


Identity and Authentication in the cloud: Office 2013 and Office 365 (Poster)

Last week, Microsoft released a poster, detailing identity and authentication for Office 2013 and Office 365. It details the scenario where you would provision accounts in Microsoft's Online Services environment (Scenario 1) and also details the scenario where you would federate your on-premises Active Directory infrastructure with Microsoft's Online Services environment (Scenario 2)


Meet Azure Active Directory: Your Cloud-based Identity Service

Today, Microsoft made Azure Active Directory generally available (GA). This means it is ready for production use. Azure Active Directory enables organizations to provision their users with a single identity that can be used to access applications that are run on Windows Azure, run by 3rd party cloud-based vendors and/or within their own datacenters.


Office 365 ends support for the 32-bit DirSync tool on January 1, 2013

The world around us changes fast. Just 13 months ago, I wrote on the availability of the 64bit DirSync tool. Today, I’m relaying the message from the Office 365 team on their intent to end support on the 32bit DirSync tool to keep an on-premises Active Directory environment synced with Office 365 tomorrow…


64bit Directory Synchronization Tool is here

When you, as an organization, are looking at Microsoft’s Office 365 you will be faced with a choice in identity management. You can use online accounts, synchronize accounts between your on-premise infrastructure and Office 365 and you can synchronize and top that with Federation, allowing your users to use one set of credentials both on-premises […]