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Sander Berkouwer

Sander's qualities extend beyond the typical triple-A stories in the area of Identity and Access Management. Of course, authentication, authorization and auditing are necessities but my out of the box solutions get the most out of software, hardware and the cloud. Rapid technological advancements have resulted in cutting-edge solutions around Active Directory, Azure Active Directory and Identity Management. Keeping up with these is just a small challenge, compared to my true goal: helping people use the technology on a daily basis. In a way that ICT is not a mere hurdle, but an infinite enabler. His work as a consultant, blogger and trainer are all means to achieve this goal. His multiple Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status, Veeam Vanguard status and extensive certification aids him. Through direct communications with the product teams in Redmond, he remains up to date, exchange feedback and accelerate support.

How Microsoft Improved Its Identity Products and Services in September 2022

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Sander Berkouwer

Microsoft’s identity portfolio consists of many products, like Active Directory, AD FS, Azure AD Connect, Defender for Identity, Microsoft Identity Manager and Azure AD. Many organizations utilize these products and services in a Hybrid Identity setup. While it looks like Azure AD sees 3 changes per day on average, Microsoft’s on-premises products also see changes. More than 3, actually, this month:

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How Microsoft improved its Identity products & services - August 2022

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Sander Berkouwer

Microsoft’s identity portfolio is huge and includes products and services like Active Directory, AD FS, Azure AD Connect, Defender for Identity, Microsoft Identity Manager and Azure AD. Contrary to what some belief, Active Directory on-premises is supported, alive and kicking and here to stay for most organizations. This became abundantly clear in August 2022, as Microsoft improved things for Identity admins in the following ways:

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3 Steps to Managing Azure AD

The Hard Part of Soft Matching between Active Directory and Azure AD

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Sander Berkouwer

One of the pieces of feedback we received from a previous ENow post (integrating your temporary COVID tenant with your on-premises environment), was the fear of introducing errors and interrupting processes that now rely on the Azure AD tenant. This, indeed, may be the case when you rely solely on Azure AD Connect’s soft matching capabilities and wield a narrow scope for synchronization of objects.

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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.