Azure AD Synchronized Users with Password Sync are unable to change password

If you have recently started to here reports of users not being able to change there Azure AD / Office 365 Passwords then you may want to continue reading; Previously, If an administrator set a user to Force change password at next logon i.e. when they reset a user passwords it allowed password synchornized users to change…


Microsoft Azure B2B – Visual Studio Online

I am sure that you have heard that the Azure Active Directory Team have been hard at work and recently placed Azure AD Business to Business (B2B) in to public preview, which enables organizations to share applications & services that they currently use with external business guest / partners etc. and obtain your feedback prior to…


Changes to Azure AD Authentication Flows – Simplicity & Consistency

I thought I would post this up here for the regular readers, a colleague of mine whom is a Program Manager over in the Cloud Authentication Services Team recently wrote an article, rather than duplicating effort! have a read below this is especially important to you developers out there whom maybe wondering about some of…


Sign-Up for Microsoft Azure without Using a Credit Card ($0 Subscription)

*note* We recently made a change to the logic behind obtaining a $0 subscription so that even if you have a Trial 1st Party Service you can now obtain a $0 Subscription. I have been posting quite a lot recently around the benefits of Windows Azure Active Directory outside of the features you see if…


Alternate Login IDs with Azure Active Directory

Microsoft recently announced support for alternative Login IDs with Azure Active Directory, those of you who have found this to be a restriction when adopting cloud services will be pleased to hear. it’s fair to say that some customers cannot use their on-premises UserPrincipalNames to authenticate their users with Windows Azure Active Directory, or one…


Windows Azure Active Directory & Application Integration Single Sign-On

Windows Azure is growing rapidly on a daily basis, and as more organizations look into reducing business running costs, expanding IT infrastructure and looking at new ways to enhance the IT experience for there users it is important that you keep up to date with the ever changing world. Cloud Application Integration with Windows Azure…


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…


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….