Category Archives: Tools I Use

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Azure AD Connect version

After last February’s big 1.1 release of Azure AD Connect, the team at Microsoft is churning away again at monthly builds, bringing a flow of steady bug fixes and magical functionality flowing in and out of preview. like they used to. On Monday March 14, Microsoft introduced Azure AD Connect version This release contains […]


Active Directory Replication Status Tool without Operations Management Suite

After the version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool, linked to in this blogpost, had also expired. (April 4), Microsoft has decided to re-release the original version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool at the original link. (April 20) You can use the official Microsoft download for your on-premises Active Directory replication status […]


Channeling your inner Active Directory Replication Status to Operations Management Suite

My blogpost on the Active Directory Replication Status Tool making the move to Microsofts Operation Management Suite (OMS) solution, sparked some conversation. Especially, Jimmy’s 2 cents, hit a nerve: There are many companies that have a policy not allowing DCs connecting to the “outside”. And changing the policies is not easy sometimes. While Jimmy wisely […]


Upgrade to Azure AD Connect for your convenience

In the past two weeks, since the release and availability of Azure AD Connect version, several people reported issues with the new and overhauled Azure AD Connect 1.1.1y branch. The people of the Azure AD Connect team have listened and investigated these issues, cumulating to the release of Azure AD Connect version last […]


Azure AD Connect is here

Four issues have been identified with the below version of Azure AD Connect. Please upgrade to Azure AD Connect instead of version More information   This week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect. While the previously reported releases for Azure AD Connect were minor versions in the 1.0.9x branch, this […]


The Active Directory Replication Status Tool is making the move to the Operations Management Suite

I’m a big fan of the free Active Directory Replication Status Tool. So much so that I install it in every Active Directory environment I scan and troubleshoot. Together with the Active Directory PowerShell module, the built-in tools, and the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer, it completes my toolbox. It’s a nice gift to leave behind […]


Azure AD Connect 1.0.9131 is here

Changes in Microsofts cloud portfolio can be fast. Six months ago, Azure AD Connect was still in preview, but today, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Account for a new month. Note: Known as the December 2015 update, this is a QFE release, a release based on Quick Fix Engineering, as opposed to […]


Installing Azure AD Connect on Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012

In most projects, we set up a brand new Windows Server 2012 R2-installation, purely for Azure AD Connect and its underlying Azure AD Connect. For some reasons, however, you might install Azure AD Connect on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Note: Installing Azure AD Connect is not supported on […]


A new version of Azure AD Connect was released today

Today, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync. This release brings new features to the table. I can only assume these features are welcome to many Azure AD Connect customers, since Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync pose some serious challenges for organizations using these solutions. Note: Known […]


How the IDs for Azure AD Sync’s service accounts are created

Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s latest tool to support your latest hybrid identity scenarios and synchronize object information from an on-premises Windows Server Active Directory environment to Azure Active Directory. One of its components is Azure AD Sync, responsible for the synchronization itself. Azure AD Connect became generally available on June 24, 2015. Azure AD […]