I’m excited to announce that we’re kicking off another Azure AMA on Azure Virtual Desktop Best Practices session – English Edition. The last session was delivered in German and we get a lots of Feedback to repat this in English. I’m really happy to announce that your wish comes true and Marcel and Patrick was also available for a 2nd session 🙂
Marcel and Patrick are two Azure MVPs and do a lot of work in the AVD community. Marcel is known as the brains behind the WVDAdmin and Project Hydra products, which are services to automate all things Azure Virtual Desktop. Patrick has also been active in the AVD community for many years with great sessions and insights about AVD and is the organizer of AVD TechFest together with Simon Binder.
Added some details about v. 126.96.36.199 which fixes a security issue.
Microsoft released a major update of Azure AD Connect. This major release brings a lots of new features and requirements for the local infrastructure. In this article I will cover the latest information and how you can upgrade to the new release.
The new version 2 of Azure AD Connect was released on 20/07/2021 and bring the product to the version 188.8.131.52 the lastet release of version 1 was 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11. Microsoft found a security issue in 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 and updated the Azure AD Connect v2 to 126.96.36.199.
Microsoft released also an update for AAD Connect v1 and brings it to 188.8.131.52. This is for customers who running an older version of Windows Server who can not upgrade to WS 2016 and fixes an security issue in 184.108.40.206.
Microsoft released the new v. 220.127.116.11 this fixed a bug in the previous release 18.104.22.168, because after upgrade to that release, the Azure AD Connect Health feature was not registered correctly and did not work. When you installed 22.214.171.124 please do a upgrade to the new 126.96.36.199 release.
Microsoft has released a new Version of Azure AD Connect. The new release going a big step forward from 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206 and brings a lots of improvements and changes.
This release changes the sync process to the new Azure AD V2 endpoint and is not supported for the German national cloud, the Chinese national cloud and the US government cloud. Please be aware of this notes and only use this version in Global Cloud Tenants or switch back to V1 endpoint, when you install this version in National Cloud environments.
I install the new relase on the weekend for a customer, because of changing the Azure AD Connect server. The new relase allows to import settings from a previous version. The new relase brings a lot of new features:
This release defaults the AADConnect server to the new V2 end point
This release require a full sync after installation
This version changes the synchronization to the new Azure AD V2 endpoint
Due do the covid pandamy, many organizations in Germany are in a challenging phase as many employees need to be given the opportunity to work from home. Many companies have not yet made this option available to their employees, or only to a few. Microsoft has created a new option with Windows Virtual Desktop to give employees the ability to work from anywhere and the clients are always hosted in Azure and accessible via an app or browser.
I am very happy to have received an invitation to the WVD Tech Fest. The first conference only focusing on WVD with three parallel tracks around everything you need to know about Windows Virtual Desktop. The agenda is pretty complete and the organizers Simon Binder and Patrick Köhler are doing a great job. The conference will take place on 25/02/21 and is free. So take a look at the Website, plan your Agenda and grab your Ticket.
Azure Files is one of my favorite topics and due to many WVD projects in the past, I will address the question is Azure Files the optimal WVD profile store solution. And I can say: it depends – but you will learn more in my session on Thursday between 10:50 – 11:20 AM 🙂
Take this oppurtunity to learn more about Windows Virtual Desktop and hopefully this can be a solution for your organization to enable more people to work from anywhere and get everyone safely through these challenging time. I hope to see many of you there 🙂
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
Insights about Azure Policies and Azure Security Center
Azure Enterprise Scale architecture
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.
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 backforwardslash /
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 🙂
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.
I´ve updated the article because the actual sign-in query only logs all login attempts of the break glass account (successfully, unsuccessfully, etc.) . I added the different IDs so that you can setup the alert mail based on a indivudal filter. Thank you goes out to Eric Soldierer for this note. I also updated some changed services that had left their preview status.
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
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.
In the past I had a lot of talks about Azure File Sync, a lightwight solutions to sync servers from different locations and branches via Azure Files. One often questions was, it is possible to use Azure Files directly with integrated on-premises Active Directory (AD DS) authentication – the great answer since a few days is Yes, this is possible.
Now you can use Azure Files with on-premises Active Directory authentication as a fully replacement for Fileservers. No need for Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) or different settings on Azure Files. This gives great new ways to use Azure Files as an replacement for Windows based fileservers or for using as an profile store for Windows Virtual Desktop and come closer to a cloud native solution.
In this article I will explain how Azure files AD DS authentication works, how to configure it, some basic steps and more. Please feel free to use the comment section or Twitter to get in touch with me and give me feedback or ask questions.
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.