Sean Deuby

Enterprise Identity

Sean Deuby 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. From 2010 to 2014 he was technical director for Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, and SharePoint Pro.
Based on his background in enterprise IT and his years of reporting and analysis on identity topics, he writes, consults and speaks on cloud identity and the identity as a service (IDaaS) market in general, and Microsoft's hybrid identity solution in particular. Microsoft has awarded Sean the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) distinction for Directory Services every year since 2004. 
Sean writes about cloud identity, Microsoft hybrid identity and whatever else he finds interesting on his blog at Enterprise Identity and on Twitter at @shorinsean.

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.
Windows Server 2012 Data Deduplication
The explosion of data has resulted in an explosion in storage requirements, but you can get it under control by eliminating duplicate data with Windows Server 2012's data deduplication feature.
Fitting the cloud identity puzzle pieces together
Attention, IT Pros: You Can Help Evolve a Secure Cloud, Too 1
Central to the core of any modern and complex hybrid computing service, is an integrated identity system. But unlike the world of domains and Kerberos, cloud identity protocols and standards are still far from settled.
Catching Up with the Cloud Security Alliance
Sean Deuby interviews John Howie, the CSA's chief operating officer, and get his take on cloud security.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Embraces BYOD
The gap between what AD Domain Services can support and what the cloud computing world needs is where Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) has stepped to the fore. AD FS has become the Swiss Army Knife of Microsoft authentication, growing the range of identity standards the Microsoft world supports while not disturbing the enormous installed base of Active Directory Domain Services.
AD: The Next Generation
Active Directory and Microsoft's Hybrid Identity Vision
A few weeks ago on campus, principal program manager Mark Wahl spent some time outlining Microsoft's identity division strategy for the Active Directory platform. If I have one takeaway of interest to the hundreds of thousands of AD administrators out there, it's this: Your job isn't going away any time soon.
Microsoft Reinforces the Cloud OS Message at MMS 2013
I recently attended the 2013 version of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to check up on the progress Microsoft has made evangelizing System Center 2012, and how the community was reacting to it and the grander Cloud OS vision.
Windows Azure Active Directory: The Giant Slowly Awakens
Windows Azure Active Directory has been released for general availability, but Azure AD has long been in production.
Peeking Into the Future of Identity
At the recent RSA Conference, several themes emerged about the direction and future of cloud identity.
Active Directory Claims Windows Server 2012 File Service Access Control
Use Active Directory Claims for Windows Server 2012 File Service Access Control
You can use new claims and conditional expressions support in Windows Server 2012 file services to simplify your file server access control model.
Active Directory forest
Enable Claims Support in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
A new, lesser-known feature in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is support for claims-based authentication.
7 More Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
Which new Windows Server 2012 features require, or benefit from, an Active Directory upgrade?
Reflections on RSA Conference 2013
RSA Conference 2013 is bigger than ever, as recent news events show that all businesses need to be concerned about their security.

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