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…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Windows 10 Authentication Via Azure AD Join

Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory offering ushers in a new enablement of authentication.  Authenticating against a synchronized or federated on premise Active Directory deployment becomes that much more easier to enable with devices running Windows 10 as authentication occurs directly and without third party software. Some of the major capabilities introduced by windows 10 to align…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for Azure Active Directory Users

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security to confirm the identity of a user. Methodologies utilized can include PIN, phone call, smart cards, biometrics etc.There are many MFA service providers currently in market that offer both on-premises service or via cloud based service. Integrating MFA to secure an on-premises active directory implementation, especially with it…


Step-By-Step: Enabling Domain Based Filtering in an Azure AD Connect sync

Microsoft’s Azure AD Connect tool can integrate an on-premises Windows Server Active Directory deployment with Azure Active Directory enabling users to connect to a multitude of SaaS applications, Azure Services and of course Office 365. The following video provides an overview of how the Azure AD Connect tool can enable said services: Several features are included with Azure AD Connect to…

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Step-By-Step: Monitoring On-Premise Active Directory via Azure AD Connect Health

Many system administrator monitor their Active Directory infrastructure via tools such as SCOM, Event viewer, Performance monitor or even third party application monitors. When the requirement of the Active Directory infrastructure is to grow to meet certain demands, so to grows the cost and effort put forward to monitor the newly increased AD infrastructure. This becomes more complex in a hybrid infrastructure deployment. Enabling Azure AD integration  with…


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…

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Step-By-Step: Setting up the new Azure Active Directory Connect

Hello Folks, A while back we covered using the Active directory Sync Tool. That tool as now been updated and is now called Azure Active Directory Connect. In this post we will cover installing Azure AD Connect that became Generally Available on June 24, 2015, but you can do a straight upgrade of your environment…

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