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 ...

2016 Essentials Integration: Azure AD & Office 365

18. August 2016 Technical 13
This post is part of a series on the Microsoft Cloud Services integrations that are included with Windows Server 2016 Essentials Experience. To begin we will connect our local on-premises Windows Essentials Experience Server to the Microsoft cloud by enabling the Azure Active Directory and Office 365 integrations. Please note that this is very different from using Azure AD Connect or “full” ...

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 ...

Azure AD Premium vs. Azure AD with Office 365

10. March 2016 Opinion, Technical 0
If you have an Office 365 subscription, then you already rely on Azure Active Directory. If you have DirSync or Azure AD Connect enabled, then that means your on-premises user identities and passwords are being synchronized to your Azure Active Directory tenancy in the cloud. I recommend this configuration, especially if you are considering an Azure Active Directory ...

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 ...

Azure Multi-factor Authentication vs. MFA included with Office 365

08. February 2016 Technical 5
I have previously described MFA for Office 365. It’s a great way to add an extra layer of security to your cloud-based applications. Here are the features included with MFA for Office 365: Administrators can protect accounts with MFA Mobile app as a second factor Phone call as a second factor SMS as a second factor ...