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New Azure Active Directory Features

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

As more IT services move to the cloud, the need for better security features will only increase. People want to be able to log in hassle-free, but organizations need strong authentication security. The fastest way for this move to cloud service to fail is going to be though a large security breach. Microsoft is aware of all these facts, and they are putting a lot of work into ensuring that logging into their cloud servers is both easy and secure.

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The Requirement to Trust and Change When Moving to the Cloud

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Thomas Stensitzki

The ability to process computer-based data on third-party systems is not a new invention. For example, the outsourcing of financial data to tax advisers for further processing has been used for decades. Since the introduction of the term "cloud," the idea that computer-based data is stored and processed by third-party service providers creates an uncomfortable feeling.

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Introducing AAD Connect 1.1.749.0 with new privacy and troubleshooting features

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Jeff Guillet MVP, MCSM

Microsoft is drizzling out a new build of Azure Active Directory Connect via auto-upgrade to select customers. They often do this when a new build has significant changes to make sure it doesn't break in existing organizations that currently use AAD Connect. It will be available for all customers to download in the coming days/weeks as either an auto-upgrade or manual download.

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Hybrid Modern Authentication: Should I Care or Not?

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Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM

In this blog post, Microsoft recently announced support for Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange Server 2013/2016 on-premises. What is this Hybrid Modern Authentication, and is it something you should tinker about? As with most questions in IT, the answer is less straightforward and leans towards what most consultants would say: “it depends”.

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First Look at Access Reviews for Office 365 Groups and Applications

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Vasil Michev MVP

In the last few weeks we have been frantically recapping the dozens of announcements made at Ignite 2017. As usual, many of the features demoed at the conference will only show up in production after few weeks or even months, but some are already available in Preview. In this article, we will do a short overview of one such feature, namely Access Reviews for Office 365 groups and applications.

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New ID and Authentication Features

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

Ignite is Microsoft’s major conference for new announcements and training aimed at IT professionals. This year Ignite took place in Orlando, Florida the week of September 25th. I wasn’t able to make it to Orlando to be onsite for the conference this year, but it’s not that difficult to follow new announcements from Ignite from anywhere in the world.

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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.