Sean Deuby


Sean Deuby, technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, has over 25 years' experience in enterprise IT. He began his IT career running Texas Instruments' IBM VM systems, then helped design, deploy, and support TI's first Windows NT 3.5 worldwide infrastructure. He spent 10 years with Intel Corporation, where he was one of the architects of Intel's corporate Active Directory forest and the design engineer of the Directory Services team.

A longtime contributing editor before joining the magazine, Sean has written many articles and a book on Windows Server and Active Directory, and speaks on these topics at conferences around the world. Microsoft has awarded Sean the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) distinction for Directory Services every year since 2004.

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Azure Active Directory Basic Released to General Availability
Yesterday, Microsoft released a new Azure Active Directory subscription - Basic - to general availability.
Hate Passwords? It’s Up To You To Fix Them. 5
A couple of days ago the New York Times broke a story describing how Russian hackers amassed more than billion internet passwords, along with 500 million email address, from over 420,000 large and small websites. This is a stark example of the failure of passwords as a scalable security solution.
Azure Active Directory Connect Tool Enters Beta
Microsoft’s new identity bridge configuration wizard will ease AD FS/DirSync pain, but will increase password proliferation
IDaaS Vendor Symplified Acquired by RSA / EMC 1
On Thursday, identity management as a service (IDaaS) vendor Symplified was acquired by RSA/EMC for an undisclosed sum.
Upgrading AD to Windows Server 2012 R2: Step-by-step Screenshots
In the article Upgrading Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 R2, I review the process of adding a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller to an existing Windows Server 2008 R2 domain. In this gallery, you will learn how to execute this task by clicking through these easy-to-follow steps and screenshots.
Free 90-day trial available for Azure AD Premium 2
Since Microsoft Azure Active Directory announced its full IDaaS offering – Azure AD Premium – it’s been difficult to try it out. Today Microsoft made kicking the tires of Azure AD Premium a little easier.
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Microsoft Strengthens Azure Active Directory Integration with Azure AD Sync and Password Reset
Microsoft has taken their next steps bridging Windows Server Active Directory and Azure Active Directory more tightly together. And they're big steps: a new directory synchronization tool and the ability to reset Windows Server AD user passwords from a web portal. One is even bigger than it may seem.
Deploying Active Directory in an IaaS Cloud
Today I’m going to focus on the scenario where a Windows Server Active Directory forest is both on premises and extended into a public IaaS cloud.
Having Problems Activating Office for iPad? Here’s a Simple Solution
Like approximately half the planet, I’ve downloaded the new Office for iPad suite from Microsoft. Already a subscriber to Office 365 Home Premium, I thought activating the suite would be a snap, but working through the Apple ID / Microsoft ID wizard was confusing, time consuming, and ultimately unsuccessful. Then I discovered a simple workaround.
General Manager, Office Division Julia White demoing Azure AD Premium
An Overview of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium
Today, Microsoft announced general availability on April 2nd of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, a collection of features for Microsoft's identity management as a service (IDaaS) platform that takes a large step towards making it a viable cloud partner to Windows Server Active Directory.
Active Directory: Windows Server or Windows Azure
Still figuring out your cloud computing future? You can use Windows Server and Windows Azure Active Directory together in many configurations. Find out which one is best for you.
Office Lens for OneNote
Office Lens is a new add-in that takes advantage of the now-free OneNote and its Service API to integrate photos you take of documents and whiteboards directly into OneNote.
Windows Azure Active Directory vs. Windows Server Active Directory 2
There’s been a lot of confusion about Windows Azure Active Directory since it was unveiled to the public last year. Since Windows Azure Active Directory is a building block that's key to Microsoft’s Cloud OS future, it’s important to give you a sense of what Azure AD is – and what it isn’t. How is Azure AD like Windows Server AD, and where is it different?
Richard Clarke at RSA Conference: 10 Observations on US Intelligence Gathering
Richard Clarke’s short but very interesting keynote focused on his takeaways from Snowdon and the NSA spying and his top 10 observations in the forty-six recommendations he and his team made about US intelligence gathering.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Keyboard Shortcuts for the Server Administrator
Windows Server 2012, and now Windows Server 2012 R2, have added a huge variety of capabilities to the Windows Server operating system. But the new UI can be pretty disorienting. Where did everything go? Here’s a comprehensive list of how to run administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012 and R2, based on where they were in Windows Server 2008 and earlier.
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