Access Control using Azure Active Directory

By adopting more and more different cloud applications in your organization the need for management and controls becomes crucial. Azure Active Directory in this case offers a wide set of features to support these scenarios. Some of the primary functionalities like account management, Multi-Factor Authentication and Federation support covers most of the needs on the authentication level and these are common practice nowadays. When it comes to controlling and granting access to applications or managing authorization in a cloud scenario and integrating with your environment, it suddenly starts to be a little bit blurry. This post will give a brief overview of the Azure Active Directory key Access Control features and it will provide a practice to combine these features which will help IT organizations to manage and service their organization in an efficient and compliant way. … Read more…

Intro to Azure AD B2C

A lot of new features came out the last couple of years all focussed on enabling cloud scenarios for enterprises. This is achieved by bringing your corporate identity to the cloud using a hybrid scenario or by creating a whole new identity. These scenarios are all based on the Azure Active Directory type of tenant. Now Microsoft introduced a new type of tenant named Azure Active Directory Business to Consumer.

This brand new service in the Microsoft’s identity flagship is bringing a lot of new “consumer facing” functionalities to the enterprises. Managing your corporate identity using a single IdP is a common scenario and is nothing different like we did back in the days using AD. Managing customer identities on the other end is something, most enterprises, leave up to the different applications in the landscape itself (storing identities in its own databases). But by using Azure AD B2C this is not required anymore. This new Microsoft tenant is capable of establishing trust relationships with multiple applications and providing authentication services. Nothing new so far compared to the existing Azure AD tenant. What makes this B2C tenant so unique? … Read more…

A wrap-up of the new Azure RemoteApp features

Last couple of months Microsoft released some new features for the Azure RemoteApp service. This blog will go over these features and compare it with the “first” version of the RemoteApp service. Of course there is no such thing like version releases in a cloud world but in my opinion Microsoft have now added the functionalities which I would have expected in an earlier stage. A great example is the VNET integration option without the need of a VPN. The last updates in this case will not just bring extra functionalities but will also make your life a lot easier when configuring and maintaining RemoteApp collections.

Now let’s go over the new features which have been added: … Read more…

Monitor your Hybrid Identity scenario’s using Azure AD Connect Health

Microsoft released some new public preview features including Azure AD Connect Health. This preview release is focused on hybrid identity scenarios and mainly on the product Active Directory Federation Services. Azure AD Connect Health enables customers and users to have detailed insights in how their Active Directory Federation Services is performing including the number of authentication attempts, usage et cetera. This blog will go into more detail on what this feature brings and how you can enable it in your environment. … Read more…

A deep dive into Azure RemoteApp

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Azure RemoteApp is a service from Microsoft which brings scale and agility to your business applications. This service provides global access to your corporate applications from anywhere and at any time. On 11th of December RemoteApp became general available so it is time to give an overview and some hands-on experience on this new azure service.

RemoteApp is designed based on the already existing service Remote Desktop Services (RDS) which you can add to a Windows Server 2012 installation. RemoteApp still requires some of the RDS components to actually run and to provide access to Windows applications in the cloud. I will come back on this details later on in this blog.

Scalability and cost-effectiveness are the main advances of RemoteApp as … Read more…