Global Azure Bootcamp: Speaking at Let’s talk Azure in Saarbruecken

On Saturday, 22.04.2017 there will be the next Global Azure Bootcamp.

I will speak at the meetup “Let’s talk Azure” in Germany, Saarbruecken. There are still some seats free, so come an join us.

My topic will be Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 (MIM) as an extented tool for Hybrid Identity.
The following points will be covered by my presentation and demos:

  • Manage Azure AD and PIM Role with on-Premises groups
  • Customized group write-back for static and dynamic security groups
  • Manage licenses and group membership of cloud-only and B2B users
  • B2B user write-back to on-Premises Active Directory

 

 

New versions of additonal FIM/MIM connectors released

New version of the additional FIM/MIM connectors are relased some days ago.

This connector package contains the following connectors:

There are a couple of fixes and enhancements on those connectors, you can get the complete list from the version release history:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnectsync-connector-version-history

(And yes, the placement of the documentation also makes no sense to me since these are FIM/MIM only connectors)

Connectors can be downloaded from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51495

 

New Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) available as public preview

Just saw it in my demo tenant today that the new Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) is now available within the new Azure portal http://portal.azure.com under the Active Directory Node.

Until today, since all of you know, you could only assign EMS licenses by groups created in Azure or synchronized from an On-Premises directory. In addition, you could only assign the whole license/suite in one piece without the ability to disable sub plans, like RMS for example.

With the new group based licensing, you now can also assign other services license like Office 365 for example and are also be able to disable specific sub plans.

Here is how it looks like:

Navigate to the new portal (the artist formerly known as “the island”): http://portal.azure.com

Go to the Azure Active Directory Management (Preview):

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You will see an overview of all your licenses and current assigned users and groups via the “All products” option:

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Let us assign the Office 365 license by a group and disable some of the features:

Click “Licensed Group” and then “+ Assign”

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Select a group created in Azure or synchronized from your On-Premises directory.

Click “assignment option (optional)”

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Done, license assignment changes will now be scheduled and you can check the state of pending or active (should be active within one minute.)

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You can have multiple groups with different sub plans disabled to reflect the licenses needed for different user type (Power Users, Limited Users or Guests)

There is also an audit log for all license assignment but with by early tests there is nothing logged, I assume because the necessary categories are missing until rollout of preview is complete.

 

Re-Awarded a 3rd time as an MVP

Just recieved my mail that I got the MVP award a 3rd time.

Still honored and proud to be part of the great community.

Lithnet FIM/MIM Synchronization Service PowerShell Module released

Ryan Newington (Developer of FIM/MIM Lithnet PS Module, new FIM/MIM Service Client and RestAPI) already anounced new PowerShell Cmdlets for the FIM/MIM Synchronization Service on the last MIM Team User Group Meeting.

You can now download that module on github.

See documentation on the modules and also the disclaimer.

Download the FIM/MIM Sync PowerShell Module.

Great job again Ryan.

Here is a list of modules included:

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MIMTeam User Group: MIM Handbook and upcomming MIM features

At the last MIM Team Usergroup meeting last week, David Steadman and Jeff Ingalls talked about their journey of writing the upcomming new MIM 2016 Handbook which is expected to be released in July.

Beside some very interesting facts on their experience and some funny things, there where one slide from David talking abount upcomming MIM 2016 CTP (preview) feature which fill then be comming to MIM GA some time in future.

Here is a screenshot of that slide:

MIMUpcommingCTPs

One of the most interesting facts I think is the support of Exchange Online for approvals, so you do not need to have your FIMService mailbox be onPremises, while you are maybe having already all other mailboxes migrated to O365.

Also all the feedback seems to be recognized by Microsoft so we can see their will be a PAM Single forest deployment scenario.

A lot of you I guess will also like the Cross Browser Support for MIM components lile SSPR and Portal.

So stay tuned for that and have a look to Microsoft Connect (Identity and AccessManagement Site) where those new CTPs will arrive.

 

New Release: Azure AD Connect 1.1 is GA

A new release of Azure AD Connect is now GA, its version number is 1.1 or build 1.1.105.0.

Check the download page here and also the release version history here.
There is also a post on Alex Directoy Blog with some more details on the new features.

This are the new features and fixed issues in that release, as you can see it brings some new main features:

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