Choosing a sourceAnchor for Multi-Forest Sync with AAD Connect – Part 3, An Aside on EmployeeID

Update 25th May 2017:- As of AAD Connect May 2017 release, version 1.1.524, the default sourceAnchor used by the setup wizard is mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid. This renders most of this blog post series moot but it will be maintained for reference.   This blog post series is based upon and tested with AAD Connect, December 2016 release,…


Choosing a sourceAnchor for Multi-Forest Sync with AAD Connect – Part 2, Lab Setup

Update 25th May 2017:- As of AAD Connect May 2017 release, version 1.1.524, the default sourceAnchor used by the setup wizard is mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid. This renders most of this blog post series moot but it will be maintained for reference.   This blog post series is based upon and tested with AAD Connect, December 2016 release,…

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Choosing a sourceAnchor for Multi-Forest Sync with AAD Connect – Part 1, Introduction

  Update 25th May 2017:- As of AAD Connect May 2017 release, version 1.1.524, the default sourceAnchor used by the setup wizard is mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid. This renders most of this blog post series moot but it will be maintained for reference.   This blog post series is based upon and tested with AAD Connect, December 2016…


Revisit – Deploying a DC to Azure IaaS with ARM and DSC

Introduction In an earlier post I provided a walkthrough for the deployment of a Domain Controller to Azure IaaS using an ARM template and DSC. Since that post, I’ve had several questions due to changes in the way the templates and deployment code do their work. Today, I’m going to walk through this again with…

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Making Network Changes During an Azure IaaS ARM Template Deployment

In my last post, I discussed the deployment of a Domain Controller to Azure IaaS using ARM templates and DSC. The example I used was as simple as possible but this led me to exclude a couple of things that warrant further discussion – Configuring a static IP on the DC NIC Changing the DNS…


Deploying a DC to Azure IaaS with ARM and DSC

EDIT This post is obsolete! I’ve kept it here to preserve comments and to maintain information that was once relevant. If you are interested in the DC deployment scenario on Azure IaaS with ARM templates and DSC, please refer to the following post – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/markrenoden/2016/11/24/revisit-deploying-a-dc-to-azure-iaas-with-arm-and-dsc/ Introduction Recently I spent some time building an ARM deployment…

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Using Azure RMS for Generic File Protection

Introduction Recently, I’ve had the need to work with Azure Rights Management and Generic File Protection using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM). Configuration of Azure Rights Management for use with O365 is straight forward (see here), as is use of the Azure Rights Management Connector for protection of email and Office documents (see here) using…


MCSM (MCM) Distributed File System Content

Back in 2012 I was asked to take over from Ned Pyle as the presenter for DFS technologies at the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master – Directory training (formerly Microsoft Certified Master or MCM). Unfortunately, the program was discontinued leaving the content without a home. Recently, I was reminded of the MCM experience and it occurred…

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Using Azure Active Directory Domain Services with ARM VNets

It’s been a while since my last post – a combination of extended leave and being busy I guess. Even so, I’m back to helping Microsoft customers and hope to share what I learn from those experiences through this blog. So onto the topic of the day … Imagine you’ve made an effort moving your…

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DFSR Debug Analysis with Message Analyzer – Part 9, Series Conclusion and Assets

This post concludes the series that started here. Over the past few weeks I’ve presented a overview of my journey constructing a DFSR debug log parser for Microsoft Message Analyzer. The series table of contents is – Part 1, Introduction Part 2, Timestamps and Simple DFSR Debug Log Messages Part 3, DFSR Debug Log Analysis…