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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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 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.
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
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!
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’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:
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:
Exchange admins have enjoyed the Group writeback optional feature in Azure AD Connect for a long time. It offers add-on functionality to Microsoft 365 Groups in Azure AD for organizations that use both Active Directory and Azure AD in a Hybrid Exchange setup.
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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.