“Get” is Optional

There are many different shortcuts out there in PowerShell and I get exposed to new ones all of the time.  What I saw this past week at Microsoft Ignite was interesting to me because I am sure it has existed for a while.  It is the kind of shortcut that I normally wouldn’t use because … Continue reading “Get” is Optional

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What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

On first day of Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft announced the broad release of Exchange 2019 in H2 of 2018. The TAP program is open for application. This definitely answers some questions for us, like "Will Exchange Server 2016 be the last on-premises version?" Microsoft has little interest in ending Exchange on-premises for the foreseeable future; … Continue reading What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication is GA!

The identity model for Azure Active Directory and all of the connected services has been adapting to customer needs for years. The first approach for most organizations was to use federated identities and it has required a significant investment for availability requirements; if the federation infrastructure is unavailable, nobody signs in. However, this capability offered all of the valuable options like multi-factor authentication, conditional access, and single sign on.

Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

UPDATE: I have created a module to make the process more streamlined.  The post has a link. Office 365 (O365) Groups have existed for a while now and have began to reach a level of maturity that supports broader usage. In addition, many newer features in O365 depend on O365 Groups. What are Office 365 … Continue reading Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

Ending Community College Real Estate

Community colleges serve a great purpose in our country by offering affordable options for students to being their higher education and equip them for jobs that don't necessarily require a four-year degree. Many community colleges have taken great strides to get closer to students by offering evening courses at local schools and have online course … Continue reading Ending Community College Real Estate

Active Directory Sizing for Exchange

It is easy to dismiss the sizing of your Active Directory infrastructure simply based on CPU and RAM resource consumption; the resources generally appear to have minimal usage. However, Active Directory [Domain Services] is a little more complicated than that and Exchange Server is the canary in the coal mine, so to speak. There are … Continue reading Active Directory Sizing for Exchange

An Overly Aggressive Security Posture?

It is quite easy for security professionals to get aggressive with introducing controls into systems. I should know, I have worked with so many and I hold a CISSP, myself. But the overall intent of security is to make sure that systems are available for legitimate purposes. The old notion that the only secure system … Continue reading An Overly Aggressive Security Posture?