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…

Azure AD Application Proxy: Kerberos Constrained Delegation

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At the end of 2014, Microsoft released some new Azure AD features. One of these features is the added support for Kerberos Constrained Delegation within the Azure AD Application Proxy. This introduces the capability to publish on premises Windows Integrated Applications for external access. This is extremely useful to publish applications like Outlook Web Access or any other application using Kerberos as the default (internal) authentication method. … Read more…

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

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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

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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.

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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…