AADConnect, AADSync, and DirSync. Oh, my.

Note: The information in this post is relative to the time that I am writing it. As products evolve, I will try to update this post so that the information here stays as correct as possible. This year we are in a transition from an older sync tool (DirSync) to a new set of sync…

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AAD Connect: Identity sync for the layperson

It used to be the case that a business owned its “identity story” end-to-end. Employees get hired, their account gets created, and the IT folks manage everything. Access to file shares, password policies, and everything else related to the user account was owned and managed by the company. External access (if allowed) was done only through a VPN or…

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Understanding the ADMP Part 3: Installing the Active Directory Management Pack

In the previous post, we tackled installing Operations Manager on a machine in the forest and deploying the agent to a pair of Active Directory Domain Controllers in the root domain. We are now ready to bring in the Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) and start the actual monitoring that we want to do.  …

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Understanding the ADMP Part 2: Installing Operations Manager

The Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP) along with all other management packs requires System Center Operations Manager, which itself has a lengthy set of requirements for installation. For my setup, I will be using Operations Manager 2007 R2 and SQL Server 2008 SP1 for the database. At this point, I have a dedicated machine with…

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Understanding the ADMP Part 1: Welcome to Contoso

Over the next few months, I will be focusing on how to setup the Active Directory Management Pack (ADMP), how it works, and how to use it to monitor your environment. In order to facilitate that discussion, I will be setting up my own private domain. Enter everyone favorite non-existent company: Contoso. Contoso has an…

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Introductions are in order

My name is Ryan Sizemore, and I am a Software Engineer on the Active Directory team. Some of you may recognize me as the owner of the Windows Time Service blog. In that blog, I tried to shed light on the mysterious "Windows Time Service" regarding how it works, how to configure it, and how…

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