A new year, a new test!
While troubleshooting a few installation and update issues, I noticed that the endpoints list was a smidgen out of date, so I’ve updated that. For this update, I attached Fiddler (http://www.telerik.com/Fiddler) to my system and performed the install, checking for new endpoints, and then merged it with updates from the public IP/URL list.… [ Continue reading ]
One of my peers this week was looking for a script to help check global DNS resolution for particular records for both replication and geo-loadbalancing testing.
The record types and data he was looking for:
- TXT (for SPF)
- TXT (for DMARC)
This is what I came up with, so maybe it can help someone else.… [ Continue reading ]
Hey, all! One AAD tool update deserves another!
Every so often, I check in to make sure I’m keeping the AAD Connect Network Test Tool as fresh as I can. I’ve made a few changes to the way it works (hopefully which you all think is for the better). … [ 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 ]
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 ]
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:
As always, the newest version is available at http://aka.ms/aadnetwork… [ Continue reading ]
This week, while troubleshooting a networking problem for a customer, I wanted to limit or block network connectivity to some remote endpoints from a test workstation. To accomplish this, I created a quick PowerShell function to null route the traffic (send it to an invalid/null next hop).… [ Continue reading ]
Earlier today, I was notified that the Dynamics 365 network URLs page was updated, so I updated my Dynamics test tool.
But then, I thought, what else could I put in it?
Never one to leave well enough alone, I started tinkering. … [ 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 ]
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… [ Continue reading ]
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 ]
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 ]