Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (August, 2017)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here to introduce you to the new Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series! Starting with this issue we are going to publish some interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Enjoy! Microsoft Azure How Azure Security Center helps protect your servers… Read more

Troubleshooting Office 365 ProPlus patching through System Center Configuration Manager

  Hello, Dave Guenthner back again with a discussion about Office 365 ProPlus. In February of 2016 I wrote a blog entry about how enterprise customers can service\patch Office 365 ProPlus with System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) I’ve spoken to many customers about this feature but only recently have customers upgraded from ConfigMgr 2007 and… Read more

Top Ten Issues with Active Directory Trusts and Corporate Mergers

Hey Everyone. Randy, Premier Field Engineer, here to discuss some lessons learned from working with a recent merger between two corporations. I don’t have enough time or space to go into the details of this major endeavor, so I am going to talk about this experience with a “Top Ten Countdown” style BLOG POST. I’m… Read more

Convert a Managed Domain in Azure AD to a Federated Domain using ADFS for On-Premises Authentication – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here again to give you the steps to convert your on-premises Managed domain to a Federated domain in your Azure AD tenant this time. Here is the link to my previous blog on how to convert from a Federated to Managed domain: Convert a… Read more

Convert a Federated Domain in Azure AD to Managed and Use Password Sync – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here to give you the steps to convert your on-premise Federated domain to a Managed domain in your Azure AD tenant. In this case, we will also be using your on-premise passwords that will be sync’d with Azure AD Connect. There are many ways… Read more

Two Unusual Azure AD Connect Configuration Issues

Hello, my name is Michael C. Bazarewsky, and I’m a Public Sector Secure Infrastructure PFE, spending most of my time working on Azure-related engagements. Today, I wanted to present two quick notes about some issues I saw while helping a customer perform a parallel installation of Azure AD Connect, to upgrade from an older DirSync… Read more

Natively updating Office 365 ProPlus using the new version of System Center Configuration Manager

** Note: While SCCM 1511 can continue to be used to preview feature, official support for native patching of Office 365 ProPlus begins with SCCM 1602 and later.  New Updated posting   The goal of this blog is to discuss how Enterprise customers can use current investments in System Center Configuration Manager (Config Mgr.) to… Read more

Resetting the Local Admin Name and Password for Azure ARM Virtual Machines with PowerShell

Hi there, this is JJ Streicher-Bremer, saying hello from Azureland.   When one creates a virtual machine in the Azure portal a username and password are required. This username and password are used by the Azure fabric to configure the local administrator account on that virtual machine.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes… Read more

Creating a Site to Site VPN Connection in ARM through the new Azure Portal

In the ever changing and improving world of Microsoft Azure, there has officially been a shift to the new Azure portal as the primary tool for interacting with Azure. On December 2, 2015 an official announcement was made that the portal located at portal.azure.comwas officially taken out of “preview” and made generally available (or “GA”)…. Read more

How to Troubleshoot Office 365 Service Slowness?

Hi Folks, Lakshman Hariharan here with a post to share with you one reason why Office 365 services might be perceived as “slow.”  In my role as a Premier Field Engineer, I perform many “Office 365 Network Performance Assessments” for our Premier customers. If you haven’t heard of the assessment and are planning to use… Read more