Single Sign On to your Cloud Applications using Azure AD

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Since a few years a lot of applications are being offered as a service in the cloud. This Software as a Service model has become very popular because it provides more flexibility without worrying about configuring and maintaining the infrastructure and platform where the application runs. More and more companies are starting to make use of this type of services. Sometimes the employees are already using it and the IT organisation is not even aware of it. Some good examples in this case are Dropbox or OneDrive which are frequently used by employees at home. On the other hand, even when the IT organisation is aware of the usage of cloud applications or maybe they even introduced them; How can you be in control of for example access and how can you provide a Single Sign On experience for your employees as they have with their on-premises applications? … Read more…

A quick intro to Azure AD Application Proxy


One of the features in the premium license of Azure AD is the Application Proxy (AAD AP). This feature can be compared with the Web Application Proxy (WAP) role which you can install on top of Windows Server 2012 R2. In this post we will go over most of its features which are now available in the preview release.
AAD AP can be used to publish applications inside your private on premise or cloud network. The AAD AP can be configured as an out of the box service within Azure AD which, at this point, is the main difference and a huge benefit compared to WAP. As the WAP role does require a dedicated server and a trust connection with an ADFS server, the AAD AP now only requires you to install an Application Proxy connector on a server within your environment. There is only … Read more…

Azure Active Directory Sync – Part 1


Azure AD Sync has reached general availability a few months ago. This triggered me to write a post about Microsoft’s new directory synchronisation tool which will replace Dirsync in time.

Azure AD Sync and Azure AD Connect

When you are looking in to the ability to extend your on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, you will find out there are several tools available with its own functionalities. As we will do a deep dive into Azure AD Sync, I will … Read more…

Azure Loadbalancer: IP Source Affinity

Microsoft released some new network functionalities on the Azure Platform. One of this new functionalities is: IP Source Affinity for Azure Loadbalancer which can be used to maintain affinity between the user’s IP address and the server. This comes in handy when an application, for example, makes use of web forms and you do not want to lose any data after a refresh. This post will go in to some more details about this functionality.

In general there … Read more…

Working with Azure Backup services

When you are looking for some decent and reliable backup SaaS software for your (cloud) environment you end up with services offered by for example Acronis, Symantec or Barracuda. Microsoft jumped in on this and recently introduced: Azure Backup. This post will go in to more details about what the Azure Backup service has to offer and how you are able to configure it.

Azure Backup is available as a service within the Microsoft Azure Management portal and … Read more…