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?...More
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....More
The release of the new sync tool creates the conduit between local Active Directory objects and those contained in Windows Azure Active Directory, effectively replicating Enterprise-stored digital identities to the Cloud....More
Many enterprises are migrating to Identity management as a service (IDaaS) to take advantage of single sign-on (SSO) and the seamless management of user identities in software as a service (SaaS) applications. As enterprises leverage IDaaS across the hybrid cloud, they will likely require an identity bridge to overcome the “impedance mismatch” between on-premises, SaaS and partner topographies....More
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?...More
Administrative identities are growing by orders of magnitude as server environments become increasingly heterogeneous and complex. As a result, unanticipated risks originating from more insiders with privileged access to Windows Servers raises threat exposure and the likelihood of failed regulatory audits.
Register for this free recording to learn how to simplify the management of identity-related risks – anticipated and unanticipated – across not only Windows but Linux, and UNIX servers too, whether deployed on-premise or in the cloud....More
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....More
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....More
John Savill's master-level Microsoft stack training class covers Windows Server, virtualization, compliance, Bring Your Own Device, security, identity, automation, self-service, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure and more....More
Whether you’re on Windows Server 2003 and eyeing the impending end of support, or your Active Directory is running a newer version of Windows Server, there is a ton of new functionality available as you migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2. Join Brian Desmond for 3 technical sessions that will walk you through all the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.