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  • Blog Post: Part 5b: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 5b of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy FABRIKAM's highly available Federation Service. This part is a continuation of part 5a where...
  • Blog Post: Part 5a: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 5a of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy CONTOSO's highly available Federation Service. Most organizations and lab environments will...
  • Blog Post: Part 4b: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 4b of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy FABRIKAM's SharePoint Foundation 2013 SP1 web server. I broke this part into 4a and 4b because...
  • Blog Post: Part 4a: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 4a of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy CONTOSO's SharePoint Foundation 2013 SP1 web server. I broke this part into 4a and 4b because...
  • Blog Post: Part 3: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 3 of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy CONTOSO's and FABRIKAM's SQL 2014 Standard servers. In case you missed it: Here is...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on how to deploy a complete end-to-end Federated Web SSO solution using Windows Server 2012's R2 AD FS role and the Web Application Proxy. In this part I will deploy CONTOSO's and FABRIKAM's domain controllers (AD DS), certificate services (AD CS), and...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO

    Overview The purpose of this series is to walk you through step-by-step from start to finish setting up Federated Web Single Sign On (SSO) between two organizations using Windows Server 2012 R2's AD FS role, Windows Server 2012 R2's Web Application Proxy role, and SharePoint 2013. Additionally...
  • Blog Post: Part 8 (Final): Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    This is Part 8 and the final part of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will provide PWDViewer which is a XAML secure password viewer that will allow authorized users to securely retrieve the username and password stored in the password confidential attribute. In case...
  • Blog Post: Part 6: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 6 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to extend the Active Directory schema to create a new confidential attribute which is where the workstation's local administrator password will be stored. In case you missed it: ...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Exchange 2013 SP1 to Accept AD FS Claims

    Overview In this post I am going to show you how to configure Exchange 2013 SP1 to accept AD FS claims. Not only that, I am going to provide a PowerShell Script that I wrote to make lab testing this functionality much easier. In case you missed it, Exchange 2013 SP1 fully supports AD FS claims-based...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Logon Script Delay Group Policy Setting

    If you are evaluating Windows 8.1 in an enterprise environment that also contains logon scripts there is a new Group Policy setting you should be aware of. Windows 8.1 by default delays logon scripts for 5 minutes. There are many poorly written or misbehaving logon scripts out there, the 5 minute delay...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 5 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to log the results of each function within the solution to a log file for troubleshooting purposes. In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 - Overview Here is Part 2 - Random Password...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 4 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to update the password of a local user account using PowerShell. In case you missed it: Here is Part 1 - Overview Here is Part 2 - Random Password Generation Here is Part 3 -...
  • Blog Post: Part 3: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 3 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In this part I will discuss how to securely connect to Active Directory and update an Active Directory attribute using PowerShell. In case you missed it; Here is Part 1 - Overview Here is Part 2 - Random Password...
  • Blog Post: Integrating XAML into PowerShell

    Overview In laymen's terms, XAML provides a way to write a GUI for PowerShell. If you ever wrote HTA's for VBScript, the concept of how XAML works is much easier to understand. See here for a more detailed explanation of XAML: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752059(v=vs.110).aspx...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on managing local admin passwords. In case you missed it, you can view Part 1 here The Problem One of the challenges associated with generating a random local admin password is how to make the generated password as random as possible. In many of...
  • Blog Post: Managing Local Administrator Passwords

    Overview In this multi part series I will walk you through how to manage the local admin password on workstations and servers in an Active Directory enterprise environment using PowerShell. This is a problem frequently faced by IT admins and when I was asked to solve it, a little research quickly...