TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Supporting a Mobile First World - Identity Management with Azure Active Directory

In part 2 of our Enterprise Device Management series, Jennelle Crothers and Keith Mayer discuss the importance of Identity Management and how Azure Active Directory applies to this Mobile-First, Cloud-First world. [1:25] What is Azure Active Directory? [6:59] DEMO: Creating a New Azure Active Directory tenant [13:10] DEMO: Adding applications to Azure AD [21:00] DEMO: Azure…


Leveraging the Azure Service Management REST API with Azure Active Directory and PowerShell / List Azure Administrators

The Azure Service Management REST API can be a great compliment to the Azure PowerShell module when automating certain Azure cloud tasks for which there's not yet a defined set of PowerShell cmdlets.  In previous articles, we've leveraged this API for specific scenarios, such as: Configuring health monitoring alert rules for Azure VMs Listing current…


Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era with Azure AD

Thanks to everyone who attended my session yesterday at Cloud Expo in NYC on leveraging Microsoft Azure Active Directory to Simplify Identity Management in the Cloud era. In this article, I’ve included a copy of my deck and additional resources to help you get started with Azure Active Directory. Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud…


Step-by-Step: Get Started with Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) and Multi-Factor Authentication

Managing user credentials and application access is becoming more-and-more difficult in today's "cloud era".  In addition to managing access to traditional on-premises applications, we're also faced with managing access to numerous 3rd party cloud-based applications – many of which default to managing identities on an app-by-app basis.  And … securing all of those discrete identities…

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Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure - A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service ( Part 2 )

UPDATE: As of January 1, 2014, the following RDS licensing changes offer an alternative to RDS Subscriber Access Licenses (SALs) noted below in this article. Effective January 1, 2014, Volume Licensing customers who have active Software Assurance on their RDS User CALs are entitled to RDS CAL Extended Rights, which allow use of their RDS…


Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Dev/Test Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services

RECENT UPDATES: This Step-by-Step Guide has been leveraged to define a new Windows Azure Deployment Planning Service ( AZDPS ) for Microsoft Partners and Customers: Implementing Develop and Test Scenarios on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Customers can now engage authorized partners for planning and delivery of this solution AND customers with Software Assurance ( SA )…

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20+ Key Cloud Scenarios for IT Pros on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services - Complete Series!

In May, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have authored a new articles series on 20+ Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Each scenario is based on how we’ve seen IT Pros successfully leveraging Windows Azure in the field. In this article, I’ve provided a complete index to all scenarios … just in…


Step-by-Step: Accelerating the Cloud with “BranchCache” in Windows Server 2012 [ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ]

This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.  You can catch the full series at https://aka.ms/CloudTop20.  In today’s article in this series, we’ll discuss accelerating content on cloud-based web and file servers using Windows Server 2012 BranchCache.  Once…

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UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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Step-by-Step: Adding a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller to Active Directory in the Cloud with Windows Azure

In this article, we’ll be continuing on in our “Early Experts” Cloud Quest lab scenario to add a Windows Server 2012 Replica Domain Controller ( DC ) to our cloud-based lab on the Windows Azure cloud platform. NOTE: This Step-by-Step guide builds on the cloud-based lab configuration started in Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012…

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