Brace yourselves! In the coming months, Microsoft is planning another round of Windows server updates, which means admins must prepare now for the major changes impacting Active Directory and Entra ID.
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How an Active Directory Monitoring and Reporting Solution Can Help You Smoothly Migrate Domain Controllers
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows Server 2012 R2 on October 10, 2023. With less than six months of extended support left, administrators are finally feeling the pressure and taking action.
Recap of ENow’s webinar discussing the importance of Active Directory Monitoring & Reporting, and best practices that can be implemented with a robust Active Directory Monitoring tool
Monitoring the vitals of Active Directory is crucial for the network health and security of any organization. However, there’s a big difference between Active Directory monitoring and Domain Controller monitoring. There’s also a big difference between monitoring and reporting, and both are necessary to ensure Active Directory doesn’t become a liability for your organization.
To help IT Pros learn more about the intricacies of monitoring Active Directory, ENow hosted a webinar on the topic with Sander Berkouwer, Microsoft MVP, and Jay Gundotra, Technical Founder & CEO of ENow.
Couldn’t attend this time? We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find some key takeaways from the webinar, as well as a recording of the webinar.
A new year has dawned . . . and there's smooth sailing with Active Directory updates.
In the January 2023 cumulative updates for all current versions of Windows Server, Microsoft addressed two LDAP vulnerabilities affecting Domain Controllers
Scenario 1: You are part of the IT team that is responsible for moving to the cloud. Your company/organization has chosen Microsoft’s cloud services as the provider of choice, for your new virtual datacenter. During the planning phase to migrate your current solutions to Azure and Microsoft 365, your risk department requests information about security and compliance, and how the shift from your current “private” datacenter to a public center will impact security. You end up Googling and stumble upon a Microsoft post that talks to Security defaults and what it is.
Christmas is arguably one of the few time periods every year, where droves of IT people are off work, globally. This makes December an odd month from an IT Pro point of view. Especially, since it seems to be high season for adversaries. With your Microsoft-oriented networking infrastructure up to date and monitoring in place, however, there is little to worry about.
If you were among the ‘lucky’ people to run shifts this holiday season, this blogpost might not contain anything new. If you just got out of ‘hibernation’, Enow Software is here to get you back up to speed.
Many people might argue that November 2022 was a bad month for Active Directory. Yet, Microsoft’s intentions with the November 8, 2022, Windows Server cumulative updates were good.
Updates to Azure AD Connect, Azure AD and Defender for Identity might make identity admins take their breaths toward the inescapable Christmas time as they saw updates and improvements this last month. Let’s dive in!
Part #2: Tips for Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK
In Part 1, I gave you an introduction to Microsoft Graph and specifically to the PowerShell SDK. In this Part 2 article, I’m sharing some tips which should help with your daily tasks. Of course, these tips also apply when you use the module for automation.
Active Directory, AD CS, Azure AD Connect, and Azure MFA Server are all Microsoft on-premises identity products. From the cloud side of things, Azure AD and Defender for Identity swoop in. All these products and services saw updates and improvements this last month. Let’s make sure you didn’t miss a thing!
Microsoft Ignite was held on October 12 to 14th 2022, and was a truly hybrid event, with in-person sessions held at the Seattle conference center as well as pre-recorded content and Teams live-event style sessions being streamed around the world. The big catch phrase of the conference this year was “Do more with less”. As organizations adapt to new challenges, they are looking to have more choice in the way they work and to get better results with less friction. The updates to products revealed at Microsoft Ignite were aimed at helping customers get the full value of Microsoft’s technologies.
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Active Directory Administration Cookbook, 2nd Edition
In this book, Microsoft MVP & Technical Editor of ENow's Azure & Active Directory Center, Sander Berkouwer will share the intricacies of managing Azure AD, Azure AD Connect as well as Active Directory for administration in the cloud and on Windows Server 2022.