Identity and Rights Management in CSP model – Part 2

The CSP program is currently rolling out at scale and many service providers are embarking on the journey to provide management infrastructure services for their customers. In addition to the first article about Identity in CSP, we will show more tricks from the field. While the scale is rapidly increasing the ask for operational optimization…


Azure subscription rights challenge in CSP

Let’s imagine a situation when you are a CSP Partner and you provide Azure services to your customer. Customer purchases Office 365 licenses from another reseller (e.g. under Enterprise Agreement), and that reseller is a managing partner (delegated admin) for customer’s tenant. Customer wants you to manage Azure services only, and don’t manage Office 365. You’ve…


New RDS Capabilities in Windows Server 2016 for Service Providers

RDS 2016
RDS 2016

Remote Desktop Services (RDS) were significantly improved with a release of Windows Server 2016. Service Providers now can build more functional and reliable Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions for their customers, including VDI scenarios with GPU acceleration. Here is the list of RDS 2016 new features and improvements, that can be interesting for service providers: Windows10-like experience…


Azure Stack TP2 Deployment

Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 was recently released and now available for download. In this article we’ll talk about Azure Stack TP2 deployment in the lab environment. BTW – my name is Attila Macskasy and this is my first post in this blog. I’m a Partner Technology Strategist in Microsoft and work in the same…

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Azure AD now available on the New Azure Portal

Recently Azure AD management capabilities were added to the New Azure Portal. It means that customers, that purchased Azure CSP subscriptions, can manage their Azure Active Directory using Azure Portal web-interface. No more need to use old workarounds like Office 365 Management Portal and Azure AD PowerShell, no need to create a trial Azure Subscription or buy Azure AD Basic/Premium CSP Subscription to…


Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 4: Monitoring

Azure AD Connect Health
Azure AD Connect Health

At this step we have On-Premise Active Directory, integrated and federated with Azure AD using AD Connect and ADFS. We have an Exchange environment, integrated with Exchange Online. We have Multi-factor authentication for stronger security in place. What else do we need? Of course, we need to have a way to monitor that hybrid identity solution…


Hybrid Cloud Identity Part 1: AD and Azure AD

  Identity is the important part of cloud era. To show how it reflects on Hybrid Cloud story, I will show you how to integrate Active Directory Domain Services with Azure Active Directory using Azure AD Connect and ADFS. Our goal is to build an integrated identity environment, that will be a security core of a hybrid…


Identity and Rights Management in CSP model

Today I will describe how identity works in CSP model, because it is not obvious for CSP Partners. The main part of identity process in CSP is based on Azure Active Directory. There are 2 types of directories in CSP – Partner directory and Customer directory. Each CSP Partner authenticates on Partner Center portal using…