Set Multi-factor Authentication for Microsoft Office 365

* I have updated this post to reflect information since MFA went into General Availability * Multi-factor authentication is an additional security measure to validate the identity of End Users. A secondary-authentication process gets initiated typically via an automated phone call to a mobile device or via a text message requiring a password. Microsoft also…


Using Office 365 for File Storage – SkyDrive Pro

Microsoft Launched SkyDrive Pro in Wave 15 of Office 365 which allowed all new adopters of the cloud service to use, Early adopters of Office 365 had to wait for the Wave 14 > Wave 15 scheduled upgrade before they could benefit from this service. Traditionally peoples perception of Office 365 was that it offered…


Office 365 – Identity Scenario Adoption Approach

Microsoft Office 365 is getting better every day, and every day we get even more people sign-up to office 365 in readiness to look at moving their organization over to Microsoft Cloud Services, and on a regular occasion we see the same questions being asked… and many are around the identity approach customers should take…


Configure Server 2012 CA for Smartcard Authentication

In this article I am going to walkthrough how to configure your internal certificate authority (Windows Active Directory Certificate Services) in order to allow you to use smartcard authentication on your windows active directory domain. Introduction The need for security and enhanced privacy is increasing as electronic forms of identification replace face-to-face and paper-based ones….


Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 from Windows 8 and 8.1 in Workgroup

I came across an annoying issue somewhat a few weeks ago when I thought to remotely manager my Server 2012 Hyper-V Server from my Windows 8 Desktop as oppose to using Remote Desktop. I don’t have my Hyper-V Host on a Domain and so it was somewhat troublesome if I am honest with you. I…


Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Installation & Design

Over the past couple of months I had to spend some time learning about Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Infrastructure and components, and I have brought together this article which will hopefully help out other people who are looking at implementing this product from Microsoft within there organization. I am by far not a Microsoft Dynamics…


Microsoft Office 365 – Exchange Online Mailbox Size is now 50GB Per User!

 For those of you who may not already be aware, on the 29th August Microsoft announced the increase to the Primary Mailbox Size for Exchange Online / Office 365 Exchange Online Customers. This comes weeks after the recent increase to SkyDrive Pro Storage allocation. The size of user mailboxes in all Exchange Online and Office…


New enhancements for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and Web Sites, and added new BizTalk Services

This is an update for new and existing customers of Windows Azure, Today Microsoft released new enhancements for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and Web Sites, and added new BizTalk Services. Infrastructure Services: new options and new features True cloud economics with per-minute billing Starting June 3, 2013, Windows Azure Virtual Machines, web roles, and worker roles…


Windows Azure – Setup AD Federation Services & DirSync for Office 365

As per my previous blog post which explained how to setup Windows Azure Networks, Storage and Virtual Machines, This post will now walk you through how to setup Active Directory Federation Services & Directory Sync for Office 365 using Windows Azure. For the purpose of this blog post I am not extending my existing on…