Configuration

AAD Connect, a dedicated resource forest, a custom connector, and a bunch of transform rules: a GalSync story (Part 2)

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:

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Configuration

Update: AAD Connect Network Test Tool

Update (7/24): I updated this since the last revision, so if you downloaded it prior to 7/24/2018, get the newest version.

I began working with the product group on rolling in some of the network connectivity and testing checks available in the AAD Connect Network Test tool into the actual AAD Connect product. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Update: AAD Connect Network Test Tool

I trotted out the trusty WireShark and Fiddler tools today and ran through the latest iteration of AAD Connect setup.  In so doing, I’ve added a few endpoints to the test:

$CRL
http://ocsp.msocsp.com

$RequiredResources
adminwebservice-s1-co2.microsoftonline.com

$RequiredResourcesEndpoints
https://adminwebservice-s1-co2.microsoftonline.com/provisioningwebservice.svc

As always, the newest version is available at http://aka.ms/aadnetwork.… [ Continue reading ]

Client

Dynamics 365 Network Test Tool

Yesterday, I was asked if I had developed any testing tools for the Dynamics CRM suite availability—but, never having had to do much with them, I didn’t have anything available.  I just built a quick tool today, and it covers all of the endpoints listed at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2655102/internet-accessible-urls-required-for-connectivity-to-microsoft-dynami and https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg328127.aspx, broken apart by region, with the exception of the following URLs that we have listed:

  • https://cloudredirectorsam.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectorsamsec.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://www.crmdyntint.com – unregistered domain
  • http://*.passport.net – no valid URLs to test
  • https://sc.imp.live.com – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectornam.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectornamsec.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectoreur.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectoreursec.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectorapj.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectorapjsec.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectorjpn.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectorjpnsec.cloudapp.net – no valid DNS
  • https://dynamicscrmgcc.accesscontrol.usgovcloudapi.net – No valid DNS
  • https://cloudredirectoroce.cloudapp.net – No valid DNS

As a note, I haven’t added any of the Azure datacenter IPs in there (since we don’t have any endpoints or ability to stand up generic services in those).… [ Continue reading ]

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 ]

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 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 ]

Configuration

Update to the Office 365 Proxy PAC tool

The people have spoken.

I’ve updated the tool with a couple of features:

  • Include the Skype for Business IP ranges in the proxy bypass list, since there are occasions that it is necessary.
  • Added an option for *all* IP ranges in the XML feed for selected products to be added to the proxy bypass list
  • Added an option for *only* IP ranges in the XML feed for selected products to be added to the proxy bypass list
  • Added an option to export the IP ranges for selected products to a separate text file.
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Configuration

Updates to Office 365 Proxy PAC Generator

I wrote the original Proxy PAC tool for a customer almost a year ago, and since have added a lot of new functionality.  Rather than updating my previous blog posts about it, I thought I would start a fresh thread.  If you want some background on how Proxy PAC files work and how to distribute them to your users via GPO or WPAD, I would suggest taking a look at my posts dealing with those topics:

Now, on to the new stuff.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Office 365 PAC File

When we talk about Office 365 services with our customers, a lot of the discussion revolves around the networking components.  While we generally have a “good idea” of networking, we’re not experts in your technology and will frequently tell you to go talk to your vendors. … [ Continue reading ]