Configuration

Updated Tool Roundup!

Over the last couple of days, I’ve updated a few tools that I have published on the gallery.  Here’s the run-down:

AAD Connect Network and Name Resolution Test

I’ve been busy with this tool a lot lately, both adding tests and tweaking the way things are done. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Change from AD FS authentication to Pass-Through Authentication with Seamless SSO

Update: We now have some public documentation available for this as well, so be sure to check there, too! https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-deployment-plans

Imagine this scenario: You’ve been running Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) since before it was cool, and you’re tired of maintaining that highly available infrastructure (at least 4 servers) and the whole federation thing and its myriad of quirks and drawbacks and headaches (such as alt-id (which is still supported in Pass-through authentication with some caveats, listed below), claims rules, certificates, and the fun of trying to change UPN suffixes from one federated UPN to another).… [ Continue reading ]

Client

Clearing Skype Cached data

Last year, I had a project that involved migrating a large customer from Office 365 Dedicated to Office 365 GCC (multi-tenant).  While Exchange hybrid moves were possible for the mailboxes, we were unable to perform the necessary hybrid migration configuration for Lync to migrate users. … [ Continue reading ]

Scripting

Create an array object with columns from text inside a script or Convert a Here-String to an array with column headings

So, I had an interesting need the other day when creating another script–I wanted to create a collection of object that were of the same type, but had different values for the properties.  In this case, the objects happened to be registry keys and values that was going to report on, and (optionally) take a series of actions on. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Implementing Geo-filtering with IIS

This week, I had an interesting issue to resolve–one of my customers previously hosting their architecture on-premises was utilizing geo-filtering services provided by their ISP.  These geofiltering services were provided at the network layer, so filtered requests never reached the environment.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Update to the AAD Connect Advanced Permissions tool

Two updates for the tool in a week?  Yes! It is so!

At the behest of my good friend Darryl and one of his customer’s needs, I have updated the the AAD Connect Advanced Permissions tool with the following:

  • Allow the underscore (“_”) character to be used in an OU name path
  • Allow CN= to be used as part of the OU filter name path, since some organizations may want to try to scope permissions specifically to CN=Users.
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Scripting

Yet Another Write-Log Function

While updating a script earlier this week, I wanted to spruce up my logging.  However, I didn’t have a handy function to incorporate that would allow me to both write to the screen (in various colors for the type of log entry being generated) and to a log file at the same time. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Update to the Office 365 Proxy PAC Tool

I have updated the Office 365 Proxy PAC tool to allow selection of the US Department of Defense XML feed for proxy bypass configurations.

You can see previous updates for the tool:

Update to the Office 365 Proxy PAC tool

Updates to Office 365 Proxy PAC Generator

And of course, the updated tool is available on the TechNet Gallery, with a couple of other bugfixes that some people reported (invalid characters/smart quotes appeared in some versions of the file, which have been corrected): https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Office-365-Proxy-Pac-60fb28f7 [ Continue reading ]