Tag - hybrid

Troubleshooting weird Azure AD Join issues

If you are starting to do more Azure AD Join (or disjoin/rejoin) operations, you may run into some issues at times where the computer reports an error. These can take several forms, but generally the message is, "Sorry dude, but you can't join/register this device." Here are a few scenarios that...
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Boost your security with Hybrid Azure AD Join: From Zero to Conditional Access in one afternoon

"Alex, I work at a non-profit and I would love to take advantage of the better security in Microsoft 365 Business (we have Business Premium now), but it sounds like it is for "cloud-only" customers? Is that right?? We are using Office 365 for Exchange, but we can't go cloud-only...
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Windows Hello for Business: Azure AD Join vs. Hybrid Join

Windows Hello for Business replaces a traditional password when signing into your workstation, with a stronger two-factor authentication. One factor being some kind of local gesture such as a PIN, fingerprint or facial recognition, and the other being a key or certificate that is bound to the device itself. When you...
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Updated: How to migrate email to Office 365 Exchange Online with zero downtime (the easy way)

Some people will tell you that Hybrid is not a good idea for small business networks, since it is "too complex" or "too messy." Don't listen to the naysayers. They are just not aware yet of how stupidly simple it has become, with options like minimal hybrid and the brand...
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The evolution of small business networks

I believe there are only three basic types of networks alive in the small and mid-sized business market today.* Legacy, Hybrid and Modern. Now the labeling on these categories is purposeful--the language represents a progression in time, but it is important to remember that there still exist "legacy" environments, just...
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Password write-back is now supported on Microsoft 365 Business Premium! (And how to setup SSPR for hybrid accounts)

Well, well. Isn't this a pleasant surprise? Microsoft recently granted another one of my wishes, which I have previously blogged about, here. (1) Self-service password reset (SSPR) is now supported for hybrid synced accounts on the Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription. The welcome announcement made on Microsoft's tech community blog did...
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Adding Hybrid Exchange in retrospect (post-migration)

Sometimes organizations that have already migrated email to Office 365 using a third party tool or a cutover method would like to "go hybrid" and install Azure AD Connect after the fact. Usually the driving factors here are password sync and Single Sign-On with the local domain. To their disappointment,...
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Enable the Archive Mailbox and modify the default retention policy (for cloud-only and hybrid users)

In any subscription that includes Exchange Online Archiving, such as Office 365 E3 or Microsoft 365 Business (as well as any subscription to which the Archiving add-on is applied), it is possible to enable an unlimited storage container for those hoarders out there, known as an archive mailbox. I'm looking...
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