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: Building Windows 10 Provisioning Packages

Standard practice for most IT administrators when migrating to a new client offering entails creating a baseline image of a desired client state. Next the IT administrator wipes the computer to be worked on to image it with the newly created client image.  This procedure is not without it’s faults however and hardware inconsistencies have…


Windows 10 Tips: Managing Universal Apps in an Enterprise Setting

Windows 8.1, Love it or hate it, was intended to be both a desktop and device operating system. Regardless of how you feel about Windows 8.1, if you were tasked with managing it in you enterprise, there are a number of posts written to assist you in that task. Microsoft recently announced that client management…


Windows 10 Tips: Joining a device to Azure AD

Azure AD Join, similar to Domain Join, enables devices to be made visible in a directory to be managed and gain access to assigned resources. Windows 10 has the ability to register and authenticate directly with Azure AD without the requirement of a Domain Controller needed unless the respected IT administrator chooses to do so….