One of the issues that some of my larger customers have been dealing with is the lack of tooling and planning around moving legacy Exchange Online In-Place eDiscovery & Holds to the new(ish) Security & Compliance Center. Our direction has been to either let them age out or manually recreate them the Security & Compliance Center.… [ Continue reading ]
The other day, on one of the forums, I came across an issue that I also had with one of my customers a few years ago. In my customer’s instance, they had imported thousands of contacts into an externally trusted forest and deleted them in their primary forest (which then removed the objects from Office 365). … [ Continue reading ]
In part 1 of our adventure, we built an Azure AD lab to support configuring AAD Connect to work as a GalSync engine. In this post, we’ll finish up the configuration. As a reminder, this is the what the overall solution will look like:
And, as I mentioned in part 1:
Please don’t call Premier asking for support on this.… [ Continue reading ]
A few years ago, I worked with one of my close consultant peers to build a GALSync-style solution for a big state government that was going through a divestiture from a single BPOS-D (yes, I am old) and a single managed hosted Exchange environment to multiple O365 multi-tenant instances. … [ Continue reading ]
It’s that time of the year again! I’ve expanded upon an existing feature in the AAD Network Test Tool.
One of the prerequisites listed on the AAD Connect support page is to ensure the Turn on PowerShell Transcription GPO is set to Not Configured. … [ Continue reading ]
This feature is an “oldie but goodie” that my customers are starting to ask questions about as they start looking into ways to automate their Office 365 deployments.
Can I sync additional attributes to Office 365, and can I use them for Group-Based Licensing?… [ Continue reading ]
It’s Two-fer Friday. I don’t know if it was a thing, but it is now.
Based on received feedback, I have updated the AAD Connect Advanced Permissions tool to check for the Active Directory schema version in addition to the Exchange schema. … [ Continue reading ]
Four score and many moons ago, I was working on one of my first projects in Microsoft Consulting Services. This particular customer (a university) shared their Active Directory infrastructure with a hospital. During the course of their business, employees would frequently move between organizations. … [ Continue reading ]
Today, I received an email from a customer that one of the scripts I had in the gallery wasn’t working correctly. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but I made an update and didn’t regression test completely, and then something stopped working.… [ Continue reading ]
This week, while working with one of my customers in a custom Office 365 deployment, I had the opportunity to revisit and update one of my scripts (Remove Proxy Addresses via AAD Connect). I had originally built that script for a large state government Office 365 migration from BPOS-D. … [ Continue reading ]
Woo! A day of updates! I’ve made a few updates to this tool, so hopefully you’ll find them useful:
2018-08-12: A reader noticed that the UpdateAdminSDHolder switch didn’t work ask expected when specifying the ExchangeHybridWriteBack OU without the ExchangeHybridWriteBackOUs parameter. I have found and updated that! … [ Continue reading ]
If you are utilizing external, guest, or B2B users in your Office 365 or Azure environments, you may need a way to determine which objects haven’t been logged in or used in a while. Azure AD doesn’t provide an easy way to view this information (really only having the refresh token time available). … [ Continue reading ]
So, today, I received an email from one of my esteemed colleagues asking how we could get B2B Azure AD tenant guests to show up in the Office 365 GAL. I thought, “Yeah, that should be something that’s possible. I mean, they have email addresses.”
In a rare turn of events, it actually is as easy as un-hiding them from the GAL.… [ Continue reading ]
Update: This tool has a new shortlink: http://aka.ms/aadnetwork
Since the tool passed the 500 download mark a few weeks ago, I’ve started getting more questions (internal and external) about a few of the tests and checks. So, I decided to update/refine them to hopefully provide better guidance.… [ Continue reading ]
Last week, I saw some internal discussion about trying to locate the source of a duplicate object error on-premises. While an advanced administrator will be able to figure it out by looking at the Connector Spaces for connected directories, it’s not necessarily obvious to a lot of people (especially if you’re not experienced with our identity management products).… [ Continue reading ]
In my previous post, I discussed using the new Attack Simulator for crafting phishing campaigns against your users. If you haven’t tried it out yet, I’d heartily recommend it. It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
For this post, we’re going to shift into slightly more traditional attack strategies. … [ Continue reading ]
Over the last few weeks, we’ve released some great new features for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection users. The Attack Simulator has three core components, each of which I’ll cover in a series:
- Spear Phishing (Credential Harvest)
- Brute Force Password (Dictionary Attack)
- Password Spray Attack
For this post, I want to focus on the Spear Phishing campaign.… [ Continue reading ]
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 ]
A few months ago, I debuted a new tool for AAD Connect deployment (read about it here: AAD Connect Network and Name Resolution Test or download it here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Azure-AD-Connect-Network-150c20a3) which allows you to test a number of conditions to make sure your server and environment are suitable for deploying AAD Connect.… [ Continue reading ]