Where's the source!

SauceIn this post I will talk about data (aka the source)! In IAM there’s really one simple concept that is often misunderstood or ignored. The data going out of any IAM solution is only as good as the data going in. This may seem simple enough but if not enough attention is paid to the data source and data quality then the results are going to be unfavourable at best and catastrophic at worst.
With most IAM solutions data is going to come from multiple sources.… [Keep reading] “Where's the source!”

Decommissioning Exchange 2016 Server

I have created many labs over the years and never really spent the time to decommission my environment, I usually just blow it away and start again.
So I finally decided to go through the process and decommission my Exchange 2016 server in my lab environment.
My lab consisted of the following:

  • Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 R2)
  • AAD Connect Server
  • Exchange 2016 Server/ Office 365 Hybrid
  • Office 365 tenant

Being a lab I only had one Exchange server which had the mailbox role configured and was also my hybrid server.… [Keep reading] “Decommissioning Exchange 2016 Server”

Implementing Application with Office 365 Graph API in App-only Mode

Microsoft has recently release Microsoft Graph to easily integrate Office 365 resources with applications. Graph API basically provides one single endpoint to call bunch of Web APIs to get access Office 365 resources.

In order to use Graph API from another application, the application must be registered in Azure Active Directory (AAD) first. When the application is registered, we can choose how the application is permitted to use resources – application permissions or delegate permissions. The latter one typically requires users to provide user credentials like username and password to get a proper access token.… [Keep reading] “Implementing Application with Office 365 Graph API in App-only Mode”

Azure Active Directory Connect high-availability using ‘Staging Mode’

With the Azure Active Directory Connect product (AAD Connect) being announced as generally available to the market (more here, download here), there is a new feature available that will provide a greater speed of recovery of the AAD Sync component. This feature was not available with the previous AAD Sync or DirSync tools and there is little information about it available in the community, so hopefully this model can be considered for your synchronisation design.… [Keep reading] “Azure Active Directory Connect high-availability using ‘Staging Mode’”

Microsoft Office 365 readiness assessment

Originally posted at Lucian.Blog.

Okay, you have the green light and it’s time to get cracking deploying Office 365. Before a mailbox can be migrated, before even an account can be AADSync’ed, before you even provision the O365 tenant, there is the matter of checking if the existing infrastructure is ready to handle the great features of Office 365.

What is always recommended before the design phase of a project even starts is to conduct an Office 365 readiness assessment. Working on a project recently and having it fresh in my mind, I thought I’d put finger to keyboard (pen to paper) and jot down the key items to check.

There’s allot of IT companies out there who offer this discovery and assessment process which is great. As a handy reference point, here’s the approach I take, with the a focus on Exchange Online messaging as that’s what I’m pretty good at…

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Connecting Salesforce and SharePoint Online with MuleSoft – Nothing but NET

Often enterprises will choose their integration platform based on the development platform required to build integration solutions. That is, java shops typically choose Oracle ESB, JBoss, IBM WebSphere or MuleSoft to name but a few. Microsoft shops have less choice and typically choose to build custom .NET solutions or use Microsoft BizTalk Server. Choosing an integration platform based on the development platform should not be a driving factor and may limit your options.

Your integration platform should be focused on interoperability.… [Keep reading] “Connecting Salesforce and SharePoint Online with MuleSoft – Nothing but NET”