Comparing Single Sign-On Options with Azure AD Connect

12. October 2017 Technical 1
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 ...

Soft (SMTP) vs. Hard (immutableID) matching with Azure AD Connect

08. June 2017 Technical 0
If you are setting up Directory Synchronization from scratch (there are no users in the cloud yet), then Azure AD Connect will be pretty straightforward–the on-premises objects (and passwords if you choose that option) will be synchronized to the cloud, and you can assign services to the user accounts from there. But what if you ...

Multifactor Authentication Server is not compatible with password sync?

11. August 2016 Technical 2
I was recently asked for help implementing Microsoft’s Multifactor Authentication Server for an on-premises Remote Desktop farm.  There is a great resource on the web at RDS Gurus that steps you through this process.  Just for the sake of doing my homework, I decided to read up on more detail on Azure’s documentation library.* And wouldn’t you ...

How-to Upgrade DirSync to Azure AD Connect (and move to a new server at the same time)

16. May 2016 Technical 22
Many a small business using Exchange Online, Office 365 or other Microsoft cloud services has opted to enable Directory Synchronization–this means you can have the same credentials on-premises and in the cloud. Most commonly, this synchronization was achieved with a tool called DirSync. And wouldn’t you know it, that tool is now being deprecated, and will be retired a ...

Key Differences between Essentials Dashboard Azure AD Integration and Azure AD Connect

15. February 2016 Technical 28
Windows Server Essentials Dashboard allows you to connect your on-premises domain to Azure Active Directory and Office 365.  Arguably the best feature of this mechanism is similar to the primary benefit provided by Azure AD Connect or DirSync–the ability to sync local passwords into the Microsoft Cloud.* But we need to understand something–the Essentials Dashboard ...