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Azure Active Directory Monitoring: Domain Services

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Matthew Levy

Introduction to Identity

With organizations moving workloads to the cloud, they no longer have the traditional network security boundaries to manage access to applications and data. Therefore, identity is now the primary control plane in the cloud. This means that organizations control capabilities based on either the user identity or the device identity or a combination of both, using controls such as conditional access policies, compliance policies, self-service, single sign-on and automatic account provisioning and deprovisioning to cloud software as a services (SaaS).

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Active Directory Monitoring: LDAP Query Management

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a directory service protocol that is used to search for information within your Active Directory and a useful tool that can better assist you with Active Directory Monitoring. LDAP is used to search your active directory for information about users, computers, and groups within your Active Directory database. LDAP queries can be run from multiple different tools including PowerShell, ldapsearch, VB Scripts, and the saved queries feature in Active Directory Users and Computers.

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Active Directory Monitoring: Keeping Active Directory Healthy

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

There is no doubt that Microsoft has fully embraced The Cloud. While “Mobile first, cloud first” might be a silly statement, there is no doubt that Microsoft means it. There are very few on-premises products that Microsoft has much interest in selling at all. If there is a cloud-based option for any solution, Microsoft is going to push that cloud version at the expense of the on-premises version.

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Microsoft 365 Security Assessment Part 1

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Matthew Levy

As a Microsoft 365 certified Security Administrator, and Microsoft certified Azure Security Engineer I have recently done a number of Microsoft 365 security assessments. Some of them have been post-breach assessments. A lot of companies had to enable remote workers in a hurry at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result have realized security configuration and protection is more critical than ever.

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Having an Identity Crisis

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Nicolas Blank

My email address is my identity

In Active Directory on-premises or Azure Active Directory (AAD), used by Office 365, our User Principal Name (UPN) is often the same as our email address. These days, we often log in with our email addresses, which means that whatever we’re “using under the hood” from an authentication point of view is the same as our email address. This convention of making our email address the same as our UPN is common practice and even advocated by Microsoft.

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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.