Active Directory

Windows 10 Being Pushed Out To Domain-Joined PCs

January 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

Brad Sams (my boss at published a story last night about how Microsoft has started to push out Windows 10 upgrades to domain-joined PCs. Note that the PC doesn’t upgrade via Windows Update; the user will be prompted if they want to update, and then a deliberately confusing screen [...]

Microsoft News – 19 October 2015

October 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

It turns out that Microsoft has been doing some things that are not Surface-related. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the last while … Hyper-V Microsoft Loves Linux Deep Dive #2 – Linux and FreeBSD Integration Services Core Features: Talking about the services that are [...]

Microsoft News – 28 September 2015

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wow, the year is flying by fast. There’s a bunch of stuff to read here. Microsoft has stepped up the amount of information being released on WS2016 Hyper-V (and related) features. EMS is growing in terms of features and functionality. And Azure IaaS continues to release lots of new features. [...]

Microsoft News – 7 September 2015

September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s the recent news from the last few weeks in the Microsoft IT Pro world: Hyper-V Configuring Default Checkpoint type in Windows 10: How to automatically get the legacy style checkpoint behaviour – might be useful in test/dev/demo labs. Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Versus Virtual NUMA: The [...]

My Early Experiences with Azure AD Connect

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I deployed the generally available release of AADConnect to synchronise our Active Directory with Azure AD (Office 365) 24 hours after it was made available. Here’s my early experience. The download link for Azure AD Connect is quite hard to find! You can download AADConnect from here. The [...]

Creating & Verifying Your DNS Domain in Azure AD

June 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post explains how to configure the DNS requirements to configure single sign-on (ADFS) or shared sign-on (synchronisation) in Azure AD (AAD) – you need to create a domain name in Azure AD and prove ownership of the domain to Microsoft. Why Do You Need Matching Domain Names? Imagine you [...]

Microsoft News – 29 June 2015

June 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

As you might expect, there’s lots of Azure news. Surprisingly, there is still not much substantial content on Windows 10. Hyper-V What is the Windows Server Network Controller? A post I wrote for Virtual Machine Compute Resiliency in Windows Server 2016: Dealing with transient cluster [...]

Azure’s Biggest “Secret” – Azure Active Directory

June 29, 2015 // 7 Comments

Do you know how powerful Azure Active Directory (AAD) is? Do you know it’s not just an Azure or an Office 365 thing? I find that when I talk to people about Azure or when someone else is talking about it, topics like Azure Site Recovery (ASR), VMs in the cloud, or Azure Backup are in the [...]
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