Category Archives: Active Directory

Adding a domain in Azure Active Directory

Adding and validating a domain in Microsoft Azure using the new portal based on Azure Resource Manager (ARM). The new portal has been out there for a while, but since…

Using DNS Console cache to troubleshoot a geo-location block issue

How to use DNS Manager to troubleshoot a geo-location restriction in the firewall. Solution I had this interesting situation in one of my customers, where he wasn’t able to resolve…

How to list all static hosts in DNS

In this Tutorial we are going over the process to list all static entries in any given DNZ zone. Solution If you are responsible to manage the Active Directory DNS…

How to renew the ADFS certificate

Replacing a certificate that is about to expire on the Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) server. The process is simple and we will show all the steps in this Tutorial….

Auditing logon events with FortiGate

How to enable Auditing on Active Directory. One of my customers was implementing web filtering using Active Directory with Fortigate firewall appliances. The solution requires a couple of Event IDs…

Azure AD Connect– In-place Upgrade

How to perform a in-place upgrade to AAD Connect (Azure Active Directory Connect).  When using DirSync tool there are two ways to upgrade to the AAD Connect: in-place upgrade method…

How to update the DNS root hints

Updating the root servers on the DNS servers, by default when DNS server is installed a list of root servers comes with the server. In this Tutorial we are going…

Managing Google Chrome using Group Policies

How to manage Google Chrome from a central location using Group Policies. Solution The first step is to download the admx files to be added to the Group Policy Templates….

Managing Synchronization with AAD Connect

Using AAD Connect synchronization settings to validate, trigger synchronization and check the status. Solution For those administrators that are coming from previous versions the synchronization process was changed on this…

How to install Azure Active Directory Connect

Synchronization is evolving in a fast pace to keep it up with Microsoft Azure/Office 365 products. In the past we had/still have FIM, DirSync, AAD Sync, and nowadays AAD Connect…