Azure AD Device Registration – Part 1 – How to Fix the Pending Registration State Issue?

Firstly I must say, during your cloud journey you may have seen this error many times and fixed this many times. Also there can be engineers who are yet to see this error (among other errors) and want to fix this. In a Hybrid AAD Joined (HAADJ) environment, ideally what you want the device registration … Continue reading Azure AD Device Registration – Part 1 – How to Fix the Pending Registration State Issue?

Passwordless Authentication With FEITIAN BioPass FIDO2 Security Key K49

FEITIAN Technologies recently reached me out via LinkedIn to request if I can review one of their latest Passwordless key products - K49. This is not a paid review and only contains my independent opinion as a technologist as well as an avid Identity and Access Management enthusiast. I'm always a big fan of going … Continue reading Passwordless Authentication With FEITIAN BioPass FIDO2 Security Key K49

A Closer Look At The Azure AD Joined Device Local Administrator Role And Endpoint Manager Account Protection Policy

Local Admin is a must needed account/ access that requires in a domain setup for so many reasons. Over the years Microsoft brought many options to manage these accounts in a secure manner. Restricted groups/ LAPS etc. With Azure AD and Endpoint Manager in the scene, many devices are moved to cloud managed rather than … Continue reading A Closer Look At The Azure AD Joined Device Local Administrator Role And Endpoint Manager Account Protection Policy

Windows Autopatch – General Availability With Improvements

This is an update post on the much awaited Windows Autopatch service. This went from Public Preview to General Availability today (12/06/2022) and number of good improvements have been introduced and I would like to go through them. If you haven't read my previous posts on Windows Autopatch, please check them from below. Features EnrollmentDevice … Continue reading Windows Autopatch – General Availability With Improvements

Microsoft Entra – An Overview

Woke up to a nice little surprise from Microsoft this morning. Microsoft Entra. At first glance It looked like they have bundled the Identity and Access related products in to one portal and provides access via https://entra.microsoft.com According to Microsoft, this is a single pane of view for all Identity and Access related solutions, which … Continue reading Microsoft Entra – An Overview

Use Conditional Access Policies to Securely Register Security Information for MFA and SSPR

Hello there! This week I thought I will write one more article on Conditional Access Policies. As you know setting up an access policy is easy and it is basically mandatory to have one or more polices now, but you may have internal polices where anyone who is registering for MFA must do that in … Continue reading Use Conditional Access Policies to Securely Register Security Information for MFA and SSPR

How to Use KQL and Azure Log Analytics to Inspect Azure AD Sign-in Logs?

As you may already know KQL has become the standard for querying large data sets in Azure Log Analytics space. When you have thousands of users who are in Azure AD and when you have MFA and other Conditional Access Policies setup, next thing you will see is tons of sign in logs, activity logs, … Continue reading How to Use KQL and Azure Log Analytics to Inspect Azure AD Sign-in Logs?

Azure AD Break Glass Account: What to consider when creating one and how to monitor sign ins

With the growing threats around the world everyday, bad actors are targeting Microsoft 365 ecosystem like never before. Attacks are taking place everyday and if and when they have breached in, their end goal is to go for the "keys to the kingdom". Usually its just the end of the story when they get them. … Continue reading Azure AD Break Glass Account: What to consider when creating one and how to monitor sign ins

How to Assign Admin Roles to Azure AD Groups with Access Reviews and Just in Time Access?

As of July 31 2021, this feature in Generally Available and was notified in the M365 Admin Center with the message MC274516 This approach is how you assign roles to Azure AD Groups along with the Privileged Identity Management features Just in Time access and Access Reviews options. Previous setup If you need to assign … Continue reading How to Assign Admin Roles to Azure AD Groups with Access Reviews and Just in Time Access?

Azure AD Passwordless Authentication with Yubico FIDO2 key

Lately I got the opportunity to test the latest Identity Authentication method with Azure AD. None other than the Passwordless Authentication. I will post few related articles on FIDO2 and what it does rather than re-explaining what has already well explained by the FIDO Alliance and Microsoft. The good thing is passwordless methods can be … Continue reading Azure AD Passwordless Authentication with Yubico FIDO2 key

Azure AD Connect Cloud Provisioning. The new feature that may come in handy!

Microsoft have finally answered the prayers of the IT admins! Long story short, gone of the days where the IT admins had to make sure 2 AD forests can see each other and the ports are opened, before it adds to the Azure AD Sync tool as another directory, so the users from that directory … Continue reading Azure AD Connect Cloud Provisioning. The new feature that may come in handy!

Microsoft is retiring Basic Authentication, because Modern Authentication is here to stay!

Microsoft have announced that they will retire the Basic Authentication method from Office 365 Exchange Online and make Modern Authentication method the standard way of authenticating going forward.There are continues updates in the M365 Admin Center messages and what admins need to do to prepare for the change. Companies now have to prepare for the … Continue reading Microsoft is retiring Basic Authentication, because Modern Authentication is here to stay!