Getting Ready for Microsoft Cloud Identity – AAD Connect

Hi, The process to deploy AADConnect is a well-trodden path and there is lots of installation guidance out there.  This post is going to go into to a little more detail on deployment considerations and the options you are presented with during the installation. Build Number – AADConnect is regularly updated with new features. At…


Azure Site Recovery Overview (Azure to Azure)

Hi, I’m temporarily deviating from Cloud Identity topics to show you a new Azure feature (that is in preview at the time of writing this post). Azure to Azure Site Recovery allows you to replicate\failover virtual machines from one Azure region to another. Azure Site Recovery has been around for a while and until recently…


Getting Ready for Microsoft Cloud Identity – Directory Preparation

Hi, A critical factor in the successful deployment of Microsoft Cloud Identity components is getting your on-premises Active Directory in order. Customers I work with generally have little problems getting AADConnect and\or AD FS deployed, but sometimes do miss some of the required directory remediation to ensure the deployment goes smoothly. For this reason I…


Cloud Identity Overview – Part 3 (Synchronisation)

Part 3 – Synchronisation As you will have read I have mentioned the reliance on an appliance named “AADConnect” for synchronisation of users, groups and contacts to Azure AD. So what is this synchronisation and why do we need it?. In a nutshell synchronisation is required for the following reasons. Provide on-premises integration – enables…


Cloud Identity Overview – Part 2 (Authorisation)

Part 2 – Authorisation Authentication is the process to validate that an individual is who they say they are. Authorisation extends this to determine what are they allowed to access given what we know about the user at that point. As we move into an era of working anywhere, on any device at any time,…


Using Azure AD B2B collaboration support for Google IDs and Conditional Access

Hi, Alex Simons announced the public preview of Azure AD B2B Collaboration support for Google IDs, so i thought I’d share my findings on configuration, user experience and bring Azure AD Conditional Access into the mix. The first step to setting this up is to add Google as an identity provider in your Azure AD tenant….