Step-By-Step: Configuring Azure Active Directory, SSO and SaaS

Over the last several weeks I have been working with the Canadian Microsoft Partners to help them learn about Azure and grow their Azure practice.  One of the features that garners a lot of attention is using Azure Active Directory to provide single sign-on access to over 2500 SaaS applications. By providing a single sign-on…


PowerShell Tips: Who has Access To This Directory?

Here's a question many IT Administrators get from time to time: "Can you tell me who has access to this directory?" This question is being asked more often as many more devices are trying to gain access to the data you secure. While it is easy to see all the groups that have access just by right-clicking…


Understanding Microsoft Azure Marketplace

“If you want to complete a task in the least amount of time possible… get an IT Administrator to do it! IT professionals are always stretched for time.  That being said, IT administrators have always been great at finding quick, sound solutions to address or automate complex and lengthy tasks. One said task is the…


Step-By-Step: Managing Windows 10 with Administrative templates

Hello Folks, Last week Anthony, wrote about Windows 10 Tips: How to Delay or Defer Windows Updates.  It was very well received. Thousands of views in a very short time.  So obviously a subject that is of interest to you all.  Let’s take this further.  Let’s look at how we as IT control the configuration…


Step-By-Step: Seizing the Operation Master Roles in Windows Server 2012 R2

A disaster recovery plan is something every organization, no matter how small, should have. It provides piece of mind to not only the business decision makers, but the IT administrators that support said organization as well.  Unfortunately, not all organizations feel the same way and sometimes the perceivable cost is harder to swallow for some…


Office 365 Tips: Addressing Shadow Tenant Errors

When adding a domain to your Office 365 tenant, you may run into the following error. “Sorry, you can't add domain.com here because it's already in use” This may be due to the fact that someone in your company signed up for a PowerBI trial with their company email address. We see this a lot…


Step-By-Step: Setting up AD FS and Enabling Single Sign-On to Office 365

This is a typical highly available setup into Office 365. Ideally this server will be installed as virtual servers on multiple Hyper-V hosts. Think about redundancy, not only in the virtual servers, but in the Hyper-V servers as well. Install one AD FS and one AD FS Proxy on one Hyper-V host and the other…

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Step-By-Step: Addressing Forest Functional Level Issues Syncing Azure AD to Windows Server 2016 TP2

Summer is usually a slow time for most IT administrators. I usually take advantage of the downtime to test out new technical preview software that Microsoft shares and put it through its paces. One said issue I encountered recently was while attempting to setup Azure AD Connect only my newly created Windows Server 2016 TP2…


IT Admin Basics: Understanding Group Policy Design

Windows 10, and the additional abilities that come with it, provides additional policy capabilities enabled to allow IT administrators further manageability of his client deployment. Designing group policies for said organization can become complex if not planned accordingly. Chaos can rein should improper setup of Group Policies be pushed from group policies to workstations. Proper…