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 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.

 

AADConnect 1.1 SyncScheduler Issue: DateTime Error and Scheduler not working

I recently installed Azure AD Connect 1.1 (Build 1.1.105.0) in my demolab.
I installed on a fresh Windows Server 2012 R2 with latest hotfixes and done the following:

  • Install AADC in Custom Setting Mode
  • Done all settings (which are not relevant to that issue)
  • Disabled direct start of Scheduler to modify sync rules
  • Re-Run AADC Wizard and activated the now internal Scheduler

But when checking SyncCycle within the Sync Service Manager I cloud not see any syncs.

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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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Assign Azure/O365 licenses based on AD group membership

Hello,

just a short post today.

I thgought it might be a good idea to share more scripts in future, so here is the first one to assign Azure/O365 licenses based on AD group membership.
EMS/AADP and RMS licenses can also be assigned directly in Azure using group memberships but you still have to handle O365 licenses by your own with scripts.

So at some customers I have the reqirement to also manage O365 licenses after synchronizing objects with AADConnect, so I decided to manage all licenses with script.

This script still need some improvement in security (PW stored in file) but you can modify that like you want.
Also I do not cover License Option of O365 Licenses, instead the complete O365 features will be assigned.

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AADConnect: Updated build (1.0.8667) available

If you look at the current download page of Azure AD Connect (AADC) you will see there is a new build (Version 1.0.8667) available since 8/20/2015.

Azure AD Connect Download Page

You can get a list of improvements and fixes here:

Azure AD Connect: Version Release History

 

Using AADConnect to merge users originating in AzureAD

I shortly came into a situation with a customer who’s got to have OnPremise IT infrastructure for the first time. As a start-up they began with BYOD and some SaaS applications incl. a Hosted Exchange.

Since they are and will be heavily growing over the next few years they decided to plan and implement an IT infrastructure OnPremise with only a few components for security and client deployment including an Active Directory and combine that with Office365 and AzureAD for Mail and SaaS Application Management.

The migration from Hosted Exchange to O365 is already done, which leads into user account in Azure AD for all 250 users. I’ve implemented the Active Directory for them and now want to synchronize OnPrem AD Users with AzureAD.

But since all account are in Azure AD, I have to do an initial import of those accounts from Azure AD to OnPrem. And that’s where the issues began.

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