All posts by markparris

Microsoft MVP - Enterprise mobility.

Recover a domain name from an expired trial Office 365/Azure Active Directory tenant.

I regularly work with multiple Azure Active Directory and Office 365 tenants, recently I wanted to utilise a domain that was attached to a tenant that had expired in December 2015, but did not know […]

Azure AD Connect: User Realm Discovery Failed.

Recently I faced an issue with Azure AD Connect. The scenario: A Windows Server 2012 R2 box with direct access to the internet with Azure AD Connect installed and running under the context of a […]

Azure AD Connect: Initialize-ADSyncDomainJoinedComputerSync

Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect) is the tool that connects your on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory. At the end of the setup there is a rather unhelpful message asking you to run “AdSyncPrep:Initialize-ADSyncDomainJoinedComputerSync” […]

RIP – MVP: Directory Services

In an on-premises world the de facto enterprise identity solution is Active Directory (Directory Services) and in the Microsoft cloud it is Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

Directory Services: MVP Renewed.

I am once again honoured to be a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Directory Services. Since first becoming an MVP in 2009, the Directory Services designation has evolved to cover many complimentary technologies and […]

Thought Leadership.

It never fails to amaze me how ones words and actions can directly and indirectly influence another person’s actions or even alter their career path.  Over the years I have always tried to share my […]

The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

This summary stems from a brief conversation within a peer circle. A parallax perspective on the issue of passwords.  Most IT organisations have an IT Security policy, which defines the required password parameters for an organisation.  […]