Easy Parsing of ADFS Security Audit Events

I recently saw an internet meme going around that showed a sticker shaped like a cloud and in the cloud were the words “The Cloud is just someone else’s computer.”.  This is accurate on so many levels. Any company’s cloud solution is simply a series of data centers, geographically managed on the internet so that…

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Microsoft Online UserCheck Tool: Getting a Cloud User Data Snapshot

About a year and a half ago I published a script on the TechNet script gallery which uses the Microsoft Online PowerShell cmdlets to present information about the user and the online tenant. The script is MSOLTenantDetails.ps1 and was primarily intended for Microsoft Cloud global administrators to get a solid idea about the configuration of…

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Getting A Handle on Server Network Logon Statistics

Windows servers can run into situations where it may be mighty handy to get a better understanding of what computers are connecting to a server for services.  What does “connecting to a server for services” mean? Consider the Exchange server scenario. For this scenario let’s postulate that the client is a Windows Outlook client connecting…

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Now Available On the Web: CSS Directory Services Diagnostics

One of the most valuable things a support person can do is to create automation which can replicate the troubleshooting for known problems. Over the past few years we have been investing in that automation using Windows Troubleshooting Platform SDK to create collections of PowerShell scripts which do data collection and problem detections (which we…

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Token Bloat Apparently Not Caused By Spicy Food

Who knew, right? Token bloat, also known as the MaxTokenSize problem, is a Windows security condition which happens when domain administrators put too many security groups or SIDHistory items into a users token. The problem happens when the token needs to be sent across the network. There’s only so much practical room in the token…

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