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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Windows Azure Active Directory Updates in 2013
The Azure Active Directory product group was on a tear in 2013. This service grew in lockstep with the popularity of Microsoft’s online services until this growth made Azure AD the world’s largest multi-tenant directory. Since then, the team has added a substantial list of enhancements to Azure AD in order to support Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision, and to bring it into contention with other IDaaS (identity as a service) offerings in the market. What was added to Azure AD in 2013, and what might be coming this year?
How Windows Phone Camera Roll and SkyDrive Work Together 1
If you have a Windows Phone, the capability of having your new photos immediately replicate to the Skydrive Camera Roll and then to all your SkyDrive devices is a super-useful feature. However, I was often unclear exactly what the replication rules are between the phone and SkyDrive because deletions didn't always work the way I thought they might. So, I ran some tests this afternoon.
The Year In Identity, 2013 Edition
It's December, and that makes it a good time to look back on 2013 to summarize some of the year's high and low points in the identity field. I've also included some remarks from an interview with Ping Identity's CEO Andre Durant on the state of identity today, and where it's going.
Kerberos Might Not Be Dead, but It's Not Feeling Well 2
At the 2012 Cloud Identity Summit, Kuppinger Cole analyst Craig Burton declared that SAML is dead. With apologies for jumping on Burton's very long coat tails, the Kerberos security protocol faces this same situation.
What's New In Active Directory and Identity Management in Windows Server 2012 R2, Part 2
All components of the Active Directory family have had major or minor updates, and a service that AD has depended on since its very beginning has been moved to the deprecated (no further enhancements) column.
What's New In Active Directory and Identity Management for Windows Server 2012 R2, Part 1: BYOD Support
In this first of two articles detailing the identity and access management-related changes to Windows Server 2012 R2, I'm going to focus on R2's BYOD scenario, Workplace Join, and the roles AD DS, AD FS, and a brand new identity component play in making it happen.
The New Microsoft and the Future of the Identity Professional 2
In the past few months, Microsoft has made a number of sweeping changes that will have long-term consequences for the company, the businesses that depend on Microsoft, and the IT professionals that support Microsoft's products. How will these changes affect identity professionals in the Windows world?
How to Shut Down Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 through Remote Desktop
If you've spent any time at all working with Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8, it's easy to find yourself stumped trying to accomplish a simple task that, in previous OS versions, was second nature. I thought I had all of the magic sequences figured out – until I attempted to shut down a system remotely through Remote Desktop.
Bridging the Gap Between Active Directory and Office 365 2
How do you integrate Office 365 into your environment while preventing users from encountering credentials prompts? Also, learn how third-party identity management providers can make that connection easier.
Does Federated Logon Pass Consumer Testing? 2
I obviously spend a lot of time reading, writing, and listening to bright people talk about the complicated problem of Internet identity. The other day I unexpectedly had a pop quiz on my ability to explain what the Internet identity community is trying to accomplish. And I had a tough audience: my wife.
Deciphering Microsoft's Hybrid IT Identity Strategy
I recently had the chance to talk with Brad Anderson, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows Server & System Center, in advance of his post last Friday about the role identity plays in the company’s Cloud OS architecture and its identity strategy in general. Identity Management for Hybrid IT is the first blog post that has focused solely on this critical component.
Gunnar Peterson (@oneraindrop) keynoting at the Cloud Identity Summit
Cloud Identity Summit 2013: Standards Making Progress

I've recently returned from this year's Cloud Identity Summit, the annual confirmation of how much I still have to learn about this topic. The brainchild (and some would say the third child) of Ping Identity's CEO Andre Durand, the growing popularity of CIS reflects the increased popularity of identity topics in our increasingly cloud-focused world. The conference has experienced double digit growth each year since its inception in 2010.

Windows Azure Active Directory Strengthens Its IDaaS Appeal with Access Panel
It isn't easy being a software vendor in the Microsoft ecosystem. You build a really nice solution that extends basic Windows Server capabilities, and the product is successful. But you're always looking over your shoulder to see if Microsoft has decided to enhance their capabilities in your area. And if they have, and if there's significant overlap between their product and yours, you'd better start looking at other areas to diversify into - fast. This is exactly what Microsoft is doing with Windows Azure Active Directory in the identity management as a service (IDaaS) market.
Microsoft moves on: Features removed or deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
Microsoft can't carry everything forward from release to release. Either from lack of use, replacement by newer technologies, or decisions to simply cease support, some features fall by the wayside of every release. In Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, 64 features have either been deprecated or removed outright.
What Are OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect?
A couple of important identity frameworks are essential to cloud security. To support your users, you must know how they work.
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