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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 service account. As Azure AD Connect was running in the context of a service account, it wanted to utilise a … Continue reading Azure AD Connect: User Realm Discovery Failed.

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" Translated to English this means. (also see Update 20/07/2016) Open PowerShell and set your execution policy to unrestricted. set-executionpolicy unrestricted … Continue reading Azure AD Connect: Initialize-ADSyncDomainJoinedComputerSync

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 solutions in both on-premises and cloud solutions, such as traditional Active Directory to Azure Active Directory.  Microsoft's rate of innovation … Continue reading Directory Services: MVP Renewed.

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.  Active Directory provides a method to enforce the password parameters, from their complexity and length to the frequency that they must … Continue reading The hidden benefit of hacking your own Active Directory?

Active Directory: What to learn next?

The Microsoft MVP summit was held last week (3rd - 7th November) in Redmond, where I had the good fortune to spend the week with members of various Microsoft product teams that are responsible for what we commonly know as Active Directory.  I can genuinely say that in technology terms I have not been this interested in the … Continue reading Active Directory: What to learn next?