PowerShell Basics: Azure AD Management Commands

Now that we’ve covered the basics in my previous post, Step-By-Step: Intro to Managing Azure AD via PowerShell, we’ll take a look at the commands available to further manage you Azure AD deployment. Some of the commands currently used for on-premises Active Directory Management will also work for Azure Active Directory or differ very little….


Step-By-Step: Migrating Active Directory FSMO Roles From Windows Server 2012 R2 to 2016

With Windows server 2016 was released for public (GA), many businesses are working on migrating their services to the new offering. This post will walk you through the steps needed to migrate Active Directory FSMO roles running on Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 Active Directory. The same steps are valid for migrating…


Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Advanced Security Audit Policy via DS Access

Active directory, from a security perspective, is one of the more impactful services within an organization. Even small changes in Organization’s AD can cause a major business impact. Preventing any unauthorized access and unplanned changes in an AD environment should be top of mind for any system administrator. Should changes or unauthorized access happen within your AD environment, would you have enough…

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Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to…


Step-By-Step: Excluding Users or Usergroups from Group Policy

Sometimes excluding a user or user group from a group policy is needed to appease an application setting or system setting. I’ve seen administrators create separate OU and move users there to exclude said user from the particular group policy. This is not necessary. This post will demonstrate how you can exclude a user or group from a GPO…


Step-By-Step: Managing DNS Records In An Azure Managed Domain

The DNC MMC can be utilized when managing a local active directory instance should one required to manage the DNS records. Did you know that the same be done with an Azure managed domain? This post detail how to manage said DNS records using domain-joined azure VM. The following prerequisites are required to get started:…


Step-By-Step: Managing Azure Active Directory Domain Service via Virtual Server

With Azure Active Directory services now enabled via prior posts, this post will demonstrate how to add a virtual server that is setup on Azure on the managed domain and use Active Directory administration tools to manage the AAD-DS managed domain. NOTE: The same manageability as in house domain controller is not required as it…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Azure AD Domain Services

Azure AD Domain Services, currently in preview, is a managed domain service providing group policy enablement, LDAP and NTLM/Kerberos Authentication without need of a Domain Controller.  This service will allow you to manage your azure identities more affectively should you have a cloud-only Azure implementation. Azure AD Domain services can be deployed to the same…