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Speaking with Thomas Naunheim at GermanyClouds Meetup about Azure Governance Best Practices

In the past Thomas Naunheim and I do a lot of architecture and designing prinicple for integrating Azure in company environments. We have the idea to create a Azure Governance Best Practices session in the last couple of months to give the community our insights and best practices for Starting/Integrating Azure environments. The goal is to give you insights, where you can find the best documentations to start with a Cloud journey and which technical Azure features help to bring and hold your environment in an compliant and secure state.

The session contains the following topics:

  • Cloud Adoption Framework
  • Well-architecture Framework
  • Insights about Azure Policies and Azure Security Center
  • Azure Enterprise Scale architecture
  • Azure Ops
  • Identity and Access Management

We are exited to hold the session at the GermanyClouds Meetup on november 26. Did you interested in this topics or you are in the beginning or implementig phase, join us. We will happy to see you there and get your questions.

The session will not been recorded.

Azure VPN AAD P2S Error Server did not respond properly to vpn control packets resolved

In the last few days I have created some Azure Landingzones. To secure access to Azure resources within the landing zone with different users, customers use a P2S connection through the Azure VPN Gateway using Azure AD for authentication.

Sometimes I see some mistakes in the Azure VPN Point-to-site configuration blade that results in the Error: “Server did not respond properly to vpn control packets” when trying to connect to the VPN Gateway over the Azure VPN Client.

These error messages are often due to incorrect settings in the basic settings. To resolve this issue it is really important to configure the three points: Tenant & Audience & Issuer correctly.

Please pay close attention to the following settings:

  • The Tenant field must be specified in the following notation “https://login.microsoftonline.com/your-Azuread-Tenant-ID-here/” at the end do not miss the backslash /
  • Audience field must be only contains the Enterprise Application ID of the Azure VPN client (this is the same for all Tenants) “41b23e61-6c1e-4545-b367-cd054e0ed4b4” without any other characters or spaces
  • The Issuer field must be specified in the following notation “https://sts.windows.net/your-Azuread-Tenant-ID-here/” at the end do not miss the backslash /

Please be aware of the difference between the Tenant- (begins with https://login….) and Issuer field (begins with https://sts.win…).

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you find further errors and solutions 🙂

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IdentitySummit 2020 is over – Thank you

Our 1st IdentitySummit is over and we had a amazing Summit with our powerfull Speakers and our attendees.

We (Azure Bonn Orga Team) started planning the Summit in March 2020. The Orga Team from the AzureBonn Meetup consists of Melanie Eibl, Thomas Naunheim and René de la Motte. The idea came from Thomas (our Identity Expert) and we can say that was a wonderful idea.

We meet together at the Debeka Innovation Center (DICE) in Koblenz to organize and streaming all the sessions from one central place. The current Corona situation has unfortunately not made a complete live event possible, so we have met under the rules in force to ensure a smooth process and bring a little live feeling.

Now after 6 session in 2 parallel Tracks we can say it was worth every minute of planning – Why?

The answer is simple: First of all because of our great speakers. Each session was planned with a minimum of 300, and each session went deep into the relevant topics, showing what needs to be considered, the pitfalls and best practices available.

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Howto Setup and Monitor the Break Glass Account in your Tenant

In the past I do a lot of Azure Governance workshop and one interesting topic is how to handle the Break Glass Account. Before we going deeper, first we take a look was is the Break Glass Account. For each Administrator role in Azure or Office365 is it best practice to use MFA to secure the account and get a better security for the Tenant. To realize this, normally we use Conditional Access and create a rule, that every Admin require MFA for login. But what can we do, when:

  • the MFA service is down
  • we create a Conditinal Access that with a wrong rule set and lost sign-in access
  • we do not regulary update our control list and the admin account goes lost

For this cases we need a Break glass account, an additional account with a high security password, to enter the Tenant in an emergeny case. For this account, there are some recommendations:

  • only use a generic account
  • create a complex password with more than 16 characters
  • up to 256 characters possible – the limit of 16 character is removed
  • for compliance reason divide the password into two parts
  • save each part in a different location
  • create a security group that contains the break glass accounts
  • create two break glass accounts with no standard username like breakglass@ or emergency
  • use the Tenant name for the account
  • do not use a custom domain name
  • in futher it will be possible to use FIDO2 security key for break glass (right now is in preview and not recommended for such critical scenario)

Now we can discuss in some ways a security gap – a service account with Global admin rights that do not require MFA for login. Now you see, why it is so important to monitor this accounts and get notified when they will be used for login.

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How I pass the Azure Security Exam Az-500

In the past I have taken several Azure exams, and yesterday I took the Azure Security exam Az-500. I am really glad that I passed the exam. In this article I will give you a brief overview of the topics I saw in the exam and what materials I used to prepare for the exam. I can say directly that the best way to succeed in the exam is practice.

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Setup Passwordless login Für Azure & Microsoft365 mit yubico 5 und FIDO2

Vor einigen Wochen hat Yubico zahlreiche Passwordless-Kits kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt. Um weitere Menschen von den zahlreichen Vorteilen des Passwordless Logins mit dem integrierten FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Standard, in Yubico Devices, zu überzeugen. Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich mein Starterpaket erhalten – an dieser Stelle vielen Dank für die Zusendung. Das Starterpaket enthielt direkt 2 Keys den YubiKey 5 NFC (USB + NFC) und den YubiKey 5C (USB Type-C). Direkt nach dem Erhalt habe ich mit der Einrichtung begonnen – die sich sehr einfach gestaltet.

Dieser Artikel stellt die Voraussetzungen und die Konfiguration des Azure Active Directorys vor, um die Kennwortlose (Passwordless) Funktion zu nutzen.

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AzureAD Connect mit AD Service Account konfigurieren

Eines der ersten Aufgaben bei Hybrid Szenarien ist die Einrichtung von AzureAD Connect, um die Domänenidentitäten für Cloud Produkte bereitzustellen und Single-Sign-On zu ermöglichen.

In diesem kleinen HowTo möchte ich die Einrichtung anhand eines Gatewayservers erläutern, der zwischen dem eigentlichem DC und AzureAD die Identitäten synchronisiert.

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