Field Notes: Azure Active Directory – Group Filtering Gotchas

This is a continuation of a series on Azure AD Connect. In the previous blog post, we looked at filtering options that can be used to control which objects are synchronized from on-premises directories to Azure AD - domain, OU and group filtering. I would like take a closer look at group filtering here, and … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory – Group Filtering Gotchas

Downgrading Active Directory Domain and Forest Functional Levels (Part 3)

Introduction In part 2 of the series we've successfully lowered the Forest Functional Level (FFL) and Domain Functional Level (DFL) to Windows Server 2008. The demonstration was completed in a forest where the Active Directory Recycle Bin was not enabled. In this final part of the series, I will first raise the functional levels back … Continue reading Downgrading Active Directory Domain and Forest Functional Levels (Part 3)

Field Notes: The case of the disappearing Name Server (NS) records

Introduction I recently assisted a customer with Name Server (NS) records in DNS, disappearing from their DNS zones. All of the Domain Controllers are configured as DNS servers, yet when viewing the NS records for the Active Directory-integrated DNS zones, only a few of these servers had NS records. The administrators manually re-added the NS … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of the disappearing Name Server (NS) records

Convert all targeted devices to Autopilot

In this blog I will look at how to convert an existing corporate device to Autopilot. Configuration Ensure you have an AD/AAD group that contains the existing corporate devices that you would like to target for Autopilot conversion. Open the Azure portal and navigate to Microsoft Intune > Device enrollment > Windows enrollment On the … Continue reading Convert all targeted devices to Autopilot

Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”

The Issue Recently I was posed a question where a customer wanted their users to experience a more advanced or informative when software gets installed. They also required that data be saved so that users work are not affected. Requirements: The Mimecast for Outlook add in had to be installed (This requires Outlook to close) … Continue reading Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”