Category Archives: Setup and Deployment

Knowledgebase: Important Issues for Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042

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’. On this page you can view the critical issues, that have currently been […]


HOWTO: Repurpose an Azure AD-joined device in an organization without Intune

Many organizations are adopting Azure AD Join as the mechanism to create a trust relationship between their Windows 10-based devices and their Identity solution. In the obligatory joiners/workers/leavers processes, however, it might make sense to repurpose an Azure AD-joined devices to another person in the organization. In this blogpost I’ll explain how to achieve this […]


Why DCPromo removes the passwords from your answer files after usage

One of the recommended practices for configuring Domain Controllers is to use an answer file to promote the server from a domain-joined server to a Domain Controller.   Benefits of using an answer file The benefit is using an answer file is that the file can be reused for multiple promotions. This way, Domain Controllers […]


HOWTO: Enable Windows Hello for Business FIDO2 Key sign-in without Microsoft Intune

The official Microsoft documentation teaches us that Microsoft Intune is an optional requirement to configure Windows Hello for Business to show the option to display the FIDO security key sign-in method as part of the Sign-in options on the Windows Logon Screen for Azure AD accounts. However, a method to achieve the same goal without […]


In-place upgrading an Active Directory Domain Controller to Windows Server build 17093 might fail

Last week, Microsoft announced the latest Windows Server Insider Preview build, nicknamed Build 17093, referencing its 10.0.17093.1000 version number. This Windows Server version was released to Windows Server Insiders on February 13, 2018.   About Windows Server Preview Build 17093 This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release of Windows […]


Configuring the ClaimsApp Demo for Azure Active Directory Authentication

Most people who have attended one of my sessions, know I love to show off the power of claims using the ClaimsApp. This web app is not very fancy, but it does a heck of a job, just by displaying all the claimtypes possible, or configured for the Relying Party Trust (RPT) in Active Directory […]


Supported Azure MFA Server Deployment Scenarios and their pros and cons

Just like Microsoft is able to differentiate between different sizes and maturity levels of customers in its licensing, so is Microsoft’s on-premises Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Server product. Azure MFA Server allows for four Microsoft-supported deployment scenarios: Simple Deployment One All-in-one Multi-Factor Authentication Server implementation Redundant Deployment Two All-in-one Multi-Factor Authentication Servers with replication Stretched […]


KnowledgeBase: Important Issues in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 (Release Notes)

At the same time Microsoft released the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 bits to MSDN subscribers, they also released the Release Notes on a page on the Microsoft TechNet. On this page you can view the critical issues, that have currently been identified, that might require avoidance or workaround to get Windows Server 2016 […]


AD FS Certificates Best Practices, Part 4: Configuring the AD FS Token Signing and -Decrypting Certs for a longer lifetime

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series AD FS Certificates Best Practices

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services implementations, typically, use three certificates for its functionality: Service communication certificate Token-signing certificate Token-decrypting certificate In the past three parts of this series, I’ve discussed the best practices I use when choosing the settings for my service communication certificate (request). Today, I’ll share my best practices for the token-signing certificate […]


Ten things you should know about Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync

Azure Active Directory powers Microsoft Online Services, ranging from Office 365 to Intune, in terms of identity. While this compels to organizations in a strong way, Microsoft even offers hybrid identity options to organizations running on-premises Windows Server Active Directory  to stretch their identity layer to the cloud. The tool from Microsoft to support its […]