Microsoft Azure Back after Yesterdays Outage

Microsoft Azure Outage Shows the Good & Bad of Cloud Services Microsoft Azure Services were restored after an outage Tuesday that affected a wide variety of customers. After what Microsoft described as a “Cooling Issue” in their South Central US Data Center, customers began experiencing a loss of services such as Azure AD and Visual [...]

Play Well with Others with Azure AD B2B Collaboration

Play Well with Others with Azure AD B2B Collaboration

The Sign Reads “No Jerks (or Competitors) Allowed” – Over at Petri, Tony Redmond has been keeping an eye on Azure Active Directory’s business-to-business (B2B) collaboration feature. If you haven’t run across it before, Azure AD B2B collaboration allows guests from other (potentially not-running-Azure) organizations to work safely with your users and their files. Think of [...]

Legitimate Office 365 Emails in Junk Folders

Legitimate Office 365 Emails in Junk Folders: Tech Tales from the Tiki Bar

Straight to Trash –  If you’ve seen a rise in legitimate emails in junk folders recently, you’re not the only one.   The culprit? A new anti-spoofing update for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). I’ve found a great post from Paul Cunningham at Practical365 discussing this change and its implications, so check it out for the details. Basically, the new intelligence in the program adds more [...]

How to Copy the Office 365 Signature to Outlook Client

Last month I blogged about how our Admin Assistant product automatically creates Office 365 Signature blocks using company information stored in either Active Directory or in Office 365. This post shows how end-users can get the same signature from Office 365 into their Outlook 2013 in two steps. There are several ways to copy an [...]

Office 365 Identity in hybrid Office 365 deployments

Paul Andrew, author for one of the new Office 365 blogs, describeds how customers can use 3rd party vendors for user federation in hybrid Office 365 deployments. A big focus here is how Microsoft is streamlining certification of vendors who wish to deliver 3rd party federated identity providers. Current providers are Ping Identity, Centrify and [...]

Active Directory Best Practice Avoid Reversible Encryption

Just say no to Storing Passwords with Reversible Encryption There are several dozen settings settings within Active Directory that if used can weaken security and open your environment to the threat of compromise. The Store password using reversible encryption option is one of those settings. Normally when a password is set on a user account [...]

Disable Active Directory Group

How to disable Active Directory Groups The ability to an Disable Active Directory Group is completely missing from Active Directory. Cayosoft’s Free Suspend Tool will allow effectively disable AD groups. “Disabling” groups is preferable to deleting the group because the group SID (Security ID) is retained for auditing and management purposes, but it must be done [...]

Cayosoft Suspend Product Review on

Cayosoft Suspend Product Review See the new product review of Cayo | Suspend for Active Directory on the web site. The review clearly and concisely covers many of the use cases that make Cayo Suspend a stellar product! Thanks 4Sysops!!! Read the review here  

Cayo Suspend Review on ITAdminTools

Cayosoft Suspend Product Review See what Brian Seltzer says about Cayo Software in his product review of Cayosoft Suspend for Active Directory on his web site. In this review Brian correctly points out that Cayosoft Suspend can be used both to Provision and Deprovision Active Directory Users and Groups. Read the review here.