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  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Opening Day (Issue #10)

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom here. Bet you thought we’d miss this week too. We’ve been a bit busy over here so that would mostly explain it. That and I’m in two fantasy baseball leagues this year. My nerdiness extends into sports as well thank you very much. Tom was doing something...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Starting To Get The Hang Of This (Issue #9)

    Hey y’all Mark, Tom and Hilde back for another mailbag Friday. Keep the questions coming and we’ll keep answering them. This week we are getting back into the Hyper-V pool and always some ADFS goodness. Let’s get into it. FREE Security & The Cloud Virtual Even t Domain Admin...
  • Blog Post: ADFS Deep-Dive: Onboarding Applications

    I’m back with the onboarding of applications post I promised. Of all my ADFS work I’m performed over the last several years, the one reoccurring pain point that customers have is onboarding applications to ADFS. The reason this typically happens to because the ADFS admins don’t usually know what the...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Hildebrand from Azure Land (Issue #8)

    Hey y'all, Mark, Tom and Hilde back for another mailbag. Astute readers and or those that have access to a calendar will notice we may have missed a week in our regular posting schedule. I'm not one to point fingers but I will say that Tom was supposed to send over his questions before he left...
  • Blog Post: ADFS Deep Dive: Certificate Planning

    The last blog was about planning for ADFS and what questions you should be asking when deploying it. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/11/24/adfs-deep-dive-planning-and-design-considerations.aspx I said that the next blog would be about what conversations and questions you should...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Superbowl Superbag (Issue #6)

    Hey y'all, Mark, Tom and Lakshman are back for another mailbag. All of our NFL teams are out of the playoffs but I promise you this mailbag meets the proper inflation requirements for a blog post. Sorry Boston I had to. Ok let’s jump into it. Web Application Proxy Cert Renewal Static...
  • Blog Post: Azure Active Directory for the Old-School AD Admin

    Greetings! Hilde here to wish you a Happy New Year and to welcome you to the first Monday of 2015 and the first post of 2015 for AskPFEPlat! As you may know from reading my posts here, I tend to reminisce. Well it's the New Year, so here I go again … Anyone out there remember the "Distributed...
  • Blog Post: The Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Hey y’all, Mark back again to help close out another successful year of blogging. We’ve been at this for three years, which feels insanely long as well as feeling like this just started up a few weeks ago, which is weird. Trust me. We want to thank you the reader again for sticking with us...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Tech the Halls (Issue #4)

    Hey y’all, Mark, Tom and the AskPFEPlat crew back for our last mailbag of 2014. It’s getting around the holidays, lots of people start to take vacation including myself. But don’t worry we’re really starting to get into a good rhythm with these posts and it’s looking like...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: Black Friday (Issue #3)

    Mark and Tom here again with Mailbag Issue #3. Keep a copy of these first issues in the walls somewhere , they’ll be worth a fortune one day. We hope all of our friends in the US had a great Thanksgiving and that all of our friends around the rest of the world had a great last Thursday in November...
  • Blog Post: ADFS Deep Dive: Planning and Design Considerations

    In the previous blog post on comparing sign-in protocols, the goal was to give you a primer on the terminology so when we start talking about WS-FED or SAML, you have an idea of what we’re talking about. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014...
  • Blog Post: Mailbag: So Far Off To a Good Start (Issue #2)

    Hey y’all, Mark and Tom back with our second Friday mailbag. So far so good on trying to keep our regularly scheduled mailbags. We even got a few other PFEs to join in for this one so let’s get right to it. This post will cover the following. Hosting DNS in something other than Active...
  • Blog Post: ADFS Deep-Dive: Comparing WS-Fed, SAML, and OAuth

    David Gregory back again for another blog on federation and sign-in protocols. Explaining federation so that people can truly understand it isn’t easy. There are a lot of moving parts, various technologies, and sea of acronyms that many times don’t make sense. When I first started learning...
  • Blog Post: ADFS Deep-Dive: Primer

    Disclaimer: Some concepts have been simplified until I’m ready to cover them in more detail. This is Dave Gregory, back from a blogging hiatus. :) This blog series will be an on-going work in progress as I will be adding new sections over the coming weeks and months. This first blog won’t...
  • Blog Post: Secure Extranet Publication of Exchange 2010 OWA via Server 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy

    Hello all, Jesse Esquivel here again with a post about publishing Exchange 2010 via Server 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy (WAP). Before we get started on this post I wanted to take a minute to talk about reverse proxy functionality and where Microsoft is headed with this technology. As you know, Threat...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012, Part2: Web SSO

    Mark and Tom here again, continuing our series on ADFS. In this post, we'll show you how to use some sample-code to configure a web application for Web Single Sign-On (Web SSO) with ADFS. What's Web SSO? While Federated Web Single Sign-on (henceforth, SSO) is when two organizations create a federation...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) AlternateLoginID Feature

    With all of this great talk on the Windows 8.1 Client Update we here at ASKPFEPLAT didn’t want to leave out one important Active Directory Federation Server (AD FS) feature released with the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update. My Name is Keith Brewer and I am here to introduce this AD FS login enhancement...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab Part4: Upgrading to Server 2012 R2

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom back again with part 4 in our most likely never ending ADFS series. It’s going to end up being as long as Game of Thrones when it’s all said and done, I can feel it. At this point you should have an ADFS server , an ADFS Proxy and a Web App all in your test environment. Now, you...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012 Part 3: ADFS Proxy

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom back after a small hiatus. We (well mostly Mark because this was his responsibility) got distracted by other things like “helping customers”, “the Olympics” and “I’m tired I’ll do it tomorrow, what’s on Netflix streaming?”...
  • Blog Post: How to Build Your ADFS Lab on Server 2012 Part 1

    Hey y’all Mark and Tom here with a series we think you guys will dig. I feel like half of our blog posts are building a lab of some kind. We love our labs in PFE. That’s how most of us learn. Set up a lab, play around with the technology, and get it configured. It’s fun for everyone! Right?! We are starting...
  • Blog Post: FAQ on ADFS - Part 1

    Hello everyone, Jasmin here again and this time I am writing about Active Directory Federation Server (ADFS). Lately, I have been getting several questions from most of my customers and some of my peers around ADFS deployment, planning, setup, implementation etc. While addressing these questions, I realized...