Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Custom Installation with Pass-Through Authentication & a remote SQL Server

Integrating your on-premises directories with Azure Active Directory makes your users more productive by providing a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources.  Azure Active Directory Connect is the Microsoft tool designed to meet and accomplish your hybrid identity goals.  It provides features such as password hash synchronization, pass-through authentication, federation integration, and … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Custom Installation with Pass-Through Authentication & a remote SQL Server

Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Express Installation

Integrating your on-premises directories with Azure Active Directory makes your users more productive by providing a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources.  Azure AD Connect is the Microsoft tool designed to meet and accomplish your hybrid identity goals.  It provides features such as password hash synchronization, pass-through authentication, federation integration, and health … Continue reading Field Notes: Azure Active Directory Connect – Express Installation

Field Notes: Access denied when removing Active Directory integrated DNS Zones

With Windows Server 2008 R2 reaching end of life in January 2020, many organizations have been migrating their workloads to Windows Server 2016 or newer.  This period is also an opportunity for some to decommission and consolidate domains to reduce complexities where possible.  I posted about an upgrade blocker when the File Replication Service is … Continue reading Field Notes: Access denied when removing Active Directory integrated DNS Zones

Field Notes: A quick tip on DFSR Automatic Recovery while you prepare for an AD domain upgrade

With Windows Server 2008 R2 reaching end of life in January 2020, many organizations have been migrating their workloads to Windows Server 2016 or newer.  Unfortunately with Active Directory (AD), an attempt to introduce a first Windows Server 2019 or version 1709 domain controller (DC) in a domain that still uses the File Replication Service … Continue reading Field Notes: A quick tip on DFSR Automatic Recovery while you prepare for an AD domain upgrade

Field Notes: The case of Active Directory Diagnostics – Data Collector Set Fails to Start

Performance Monitor is a great tool for collecting and analyzing performance data in Windows and Windows Server.  There are many counters available that one can look at to help understand how the system is performing.  Unfortunately analysis of performance data may not always be straightforward for some system administrators.  Luckily, there is the built-in Data … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of Active Directory Diagnostics – Data Collector Set Fails to Start

Field Notes: The case of buried Active Directory Account Management Security Audit Policy events

Security auditing is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to maintain the integrity of your system.  As part of your overall security strategy, you should determine the level of auditing that is appropriate for your environment.  Auditing should identify attacks (successful or not) that pose a threat to your network, and … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of buried Active Directory Account Management Security Audit Policy events

Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial … Continue reading Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster