Password best practices controversy

07. December 2017 Technical 1
Last year, Microsoft published this guidance on passwords, which contains some advice that departs from traditional best practices. For example: Eliminate character composition requirements (e.g. multiple character types @, 2, A, b) Eliminate mandatory periodic resets (do not enforce expiry) The reasoning is based on Microsoft’s research, and the fact that they see billions of ...

PSA RE: Hotfixes: A friendly reminder to keep up with the latest bits

30. November 2017 Technical 0
Hey IT Pros. I know many of you are still maintaining (and even still deploying) older versions of Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services and other Windows Server roles. These in particular, Hyper-V (and failover clustering) as well as Remote Desktop, are notorious for buggyness and issues that can easily be resolved with recommended hotfixes. Did you ...

Is Azure Backup as good as offline backup?

02. November 2017 Opinion, Technical 0
I am posing this question, not just for Azure Backup, but any cloud-based backup. Here’s the question: Is Azure Backup (or any cloud-based backup for that matter) as good as having an offline backup? The Benefits of Azure / Cloud Backup Certainly one of the biggest benefits of a cloud-based backup is that it is ...

Comparing Single Sign-On Options with Azure AD Connect

12. October 2017 Technical 3
Azure AD Connect offers customers a number of ways to enable a “Single Sign-On” (or SSO) experience for users. I think it is important to understand the differences in these options, so that when you deploy Azure AD Connect into customer environments, you can pick the right solution to suit the business needs. But before ...