Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) with Redundant Geographic Connections

Q: (from Armand) We have a client interested in a having a Secondary ADFS DC and Proxy Server in our UK Data Center. They Currently have their First ADFS 3.0 2012 R2 Server in our US Maine Data Center with a DMZ Proxy and that is linked with Office 365 without any issues. They also…


EMS Webinar: Holistic Security Centered on Identity

Todd Sweetser Hi Cloud Partners!  Wanted to make all aware of an upcoming webinar focused on Identity as part of the Enterprise Mobility Suite.  It is being presented by the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility team (Adam Baron, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft) and is not partner specific, but will give you a great overview of…


TechNet on Tour: What’s new with Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and OSS for Modern IT Pros

Todd Sweetser Hi Partners!  Wanted to make you aware of this upcoming in-person training delivered by the TechNet team.  This is open to all so if you have tech’s that could benefit from expanded knowledge on Azure Infrastructure Services be sure and have them attend! What’s new with Microsoft cloud infrastructure and OSS for modern…


Help Lead Your Customers to the Cloud with MPN Advisory Hours: Sample Scenarios

One of the most valuable resources you may have access to as part of your MPN benefits is:  Advisory Hours    This is one of the core benefits of being a MPN partner, and often times a underutilized benefit.   Partner advisory hours are the currency used to access certain key services offered to Microsoft Partner Network…


Office 365 Things You Need to Know: The Opportunity Behind Identity and Azure Active Directory Premium

One of the great technologies you can leverage with your Office 365 customers is the identity.  As you probably know behind every Office 365 tenant is Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD).  Which in itself is a fantastic benefit for your customers.  More importantly AAD provides you some great managed service opportunities to help you keep…


Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell Modules and Starting with Office 365 PowerShell

Recently I published an introductory article about how PowerShell can help transform your business.   The article provided a primer to start learning the PowerShell language.   You can read the article here:  Art of Automation: Leveraging PowerShell to Improve Your Business In this article I am going to talk a little bit about how to find…

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Microsoft a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites

I have some exciting news from Gartner about our EMS suite: “Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. This Magic Quadrant rates vendors on their ability to help organizations integrate mobile devices into their security frameworks…


Azure Cloud App Discovery

Michael KophsPartner Technology Strategist Partners, A few weeks ago, I blogged about the brand new Azure Identity Management Solution Accelerator, which provides detailed guidance on how to integrate your on-premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (AAD).  Why integrate Azure AD with on-premises AD?  In short, this integration allows users to use their on-premises Active…

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Should I use DirSync or AAD Sync?

Tim Tetrick Hi Cloud Partners, I’m sure many of you out there are familiar with DirSync.  DirSync is a tool that has been around for a while that allows customers to keep their on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Azure AD.  It syncs users, groups, and optionally passwords into the cloud for use with Microsoft…

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New and updated Azure Infographics/Posters

Tim Tetrick Wanted to make everyone aware of a valuable resource that has just recently been updated.  They are Inforgraphics/Posters that cover the key messaging concepts for Azure, including Overview, Security, Scalability, Identity and Access, and Infrastructure Services. I would encourage you to utilize these for training yourself and your internal staff, as well as…

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Accessing your Office 365 Admin Console using Azure (WAADM)!

Michael Kophs Partner Technology Strategist This is really cool!  We’ve been waiting for this!  By “we” I mean us cloud geeks that envision a 100% cloud only platform on which we run our business.  First lets discuss some very important acronyms that make this happen: WAAD (Windows Azure Active Directory):  If you or your customers…

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Office 365 Tools Deep Dive Webinar

Michael Kophs Cloud PTS I was browsing the TS2 Blog and found insightful posts on three very important tools that should be part of every Office 365 partner’s tool arsenal: Office Deployment Tool (ODT) Directory Sync w/ Password Sync Admin console Migration Tool (Cutover & Staged) Interested in learning more?  This upcoming Thursday, 9/26 @…


Office 365 Core Identity Scenarios

Tim Tetrick   I often get questions about the identity management options with Office 365.  Identity management is the process of identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to the resources in that system.  With Office 365, there are three main identity options you have available – Cloud Identity, Directory Synchronization (with Password Sync), and…

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Office 365 Password Sync (part of Directory Sync) Now Available!

Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP Great news for Office 365 partners and customers that want a simple way to match their AD passwords with their Office 365 passwords!  The Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool (affectionately known as Dirsync) will now synchronize your user’s AD password with their Office 365 password.  Prior to this exciting release that…

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Office 365 Adapter – Deploying Office 365 Single Sign-On using Windows Azure

B  V  A The following link is for a recently published document detailing How to utilize Azure for Single Sign-On to Office 365.  It is designed for system architects who want to understand the architecture and deployment options for extending your customer’s on-premise Active Directory Infrastructure with Windows Azure Virtual Machines: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38845 In reading through…


Identity management, to cloud or not to cloud

By Ron Grattopp ….last month one of the posts I did was on the “Cloud OS”, so as part of my research for that I ran across information from some time back that I think is still relevant but not well known about our technology, so I wanted to share.  This post centers around info…

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Exchange Server Supportability Matrices–Exchange 2010 and 2013

Josh Condie – One of the most valuable resources on the Microsoft public domain that I consistently have partners thank me for exposing to them is the Exchange Supportability Matrix.  These are condensed, single page charts providing all the details necessary for implementing a “supported” Exchange Server configuration. Inclusive of the following: Lifecycle Dates Release…