Third Party Proxy for Extranet Access with Active Directory Federation Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

Interesting, and maybe something you are not aware of:

If you want to use a third-party proxy for extranet access, this third-party proxy must support the protocol defined in http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/5/E/95EF66AF-9026-4BB0-A41D-A4F81802D92C/%5bMS-ADFSPIP%5d.pdf.

This support statement can be found here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn554247.aspx.

Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services is GA!

Busy time in the Active Directory team! Released today and therefore now GA, the new Azure Active Directory synchronization tool called AAD Sync!

The download can be found here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=511690 and the documentation can be found here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=393942.

Announcing Azure Active Directory Connect

Yesterday, the Active Directory product group announced the first public available preview release of the new Azure AD Connect. Azure AD Connect is a single wizard that performs all of the steps you would otherwise have to do manually for connecting Active Directory and local directories to Azure Active Directory:

  • Downloads and installs pre-requisites like the .NET Framework, Azure Active Directory Powershell Module and Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant
  • Downloads, installs and configures DirSync (and in the future, AAD Sync), and enables it in your Azure tenant
  • Configures either password sync or AD FS, depending on which sign-on option you prefer, and including any required configuration in Azure
  • Checks to make sure it’s all working!

You can find more information about this first release and the download link on http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2014/08/04/connecting-ad-and-azure-ad-only-4-clicks-with-azure-ad-connect.aspx.

General Availability for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0

And another new download announced yesterday – EMET 5.0!

EMET 5.0 includes two new mitigation technologies: Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) mitigation and Export Address Table Filtering Plus (EAF+) mitigation.

You can read more about EMET 5.0 here on http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/07/30/general-availability-for-enhanced-mitigation-experience-toolkit-emet-5-0.aspx.