Load Balancing AD FS Services In Azure RM

As mentioned in this blog’s previous posts on deploying AD FS, one option is to deploy all or part of the AD FS solution in Azure.  This is very valuable if there is insufficient capacity on-premises or if you only have a single datacentre and wish to increase resiliency. Deploying the AD FS solution or…

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Change AD FS 2012 R2 Service Account Password

One of the added features in AD FS 2012 R2 was the ability to leverage group managed service accounts (gMSA) which obviated the requirement to manually change the password associated with the service account.  See Getting Started with Group Managed Service Accounts for some background on gMSA.  You may also see the term sMSA which…

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Quick Tip: Is There A Shortcut URL To Download Online Sign In Assistant

For those wondering what the download page is for the Microsoft Online Services Sign In Assistant, using your favourite search engine in your favourite browser is one choice. Alternatively you can use the handy dandy shortcut URL: https://aka.ms/SIA   This will take you to the latest version of the Sign In Assistant download page.  …

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Web Application Proxy Service Not Starting Due to Malformed Configuration File

The below Web Application Proxy (WAP) server had an unexpected issue.  When the machine came back up, it had lost the configuration to allow it to communicate to the AD FS farm.  This is not specifically an VM/Hyper-V/Azure issue, it is more of a WAP issue. Fixing the issue is straight forward, though let’s take…

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Reminder – Signup For Moving Tenant To Canadian Datacenter Region

The below is a quick note for Canadian customers.  We are now almost at the end of the window to signup for the GoLocal move where Microsoft will move your North American tenant to the Canadian datacenter region.  Note that the message states core customer data is what will be moved.  The below message should be…

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Remote PowerShell – PSSession WhoAmI

For those who worked with NT and Novell Netware many, many moons ago they became familiar with a handy function– who am I.  Windows folks may also recall it when working with the Client and Gateway Services for Netware, and whoami.exe was also added to the NT Resource Kit.  Remember the days of all the…

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Unable Connect Exchange Remote PowerShell Using Windows 10 Anniversary Update

After updating Windows 10 you may be unable to connect to a remote PowerShell session.  This is an issue for versions of Exchange 2010 onwards as we use remote PowerShell for administration.  The same applies for Exchange Online in Office 365.  Note that directly loading the Exchange PSSnapin is not supported apart from a limited…

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Office 365 Workshop Links–August 2016

This is a link throw-down for the items discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop that I delivered to customers in a rather tropical Winnipeg last week.  It has to be said that the +30 Winnipeg is much better than the –30 Winnipeg! I’m posting the links here since they will be available to all of…

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Office 365 Exchange Hybrid Deployments Busting The Autodiscover Myth

When configuring an Exchange Online hybrid deployment, there are many things to consider.  Asides from the various networking, certificate and client discussions there is also a requirement to ensure that Autodiscover is functioning correctly.  In addition to having Autodiscover correctly published to the Internet an additional wrinkle commonly pops up, which takes people down the…

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