AD Connect – password sync notifications

For a customer I setup AD Connect (AD Sync) along with password sync. However the customer needed more visibility and an easy way to be notified when passwords were actually changed in Azure AD (Office 365). Passwords can be changed with on-prem Active Directory (AD), however it’s a slight delay when the password sync actually makes the actual password change in Azure AD – the slight delay being up-to 2 minutes. The scenario being if a user needed their password changed by IT, IT can change the password and simply say to the user “when you get an SMS, you’ll…

AADSync to AD Connect migration

My notes of doing a migration from AADSync to AD Connect (AD Sync). In the process I installed AD Connect onto a new server.  AD Connect uses AD Sync as it’s new sync service (which is the third release of the product). We went from DirSync > AADSync > ADSync. Notable changes, to force a sync of the directory, this is done from scheduled tasks. Password sync runs in real time within under 2 minutes with an option to speed this up. There is the immutableID thing which you don’t really need to worry about either as we are syncing…

Surface Pro waking up from sleep hibernation – Windows 10

I used to have this problem “My Surface Pro wakes up from sleep / hibernation in my bag and gets hot and the battery goes flat.” It seems that this is caused by the keyboard and mouse having a Power Management setting “Allow this device to wake up this computer“. Why would you have this option for these peripherals especially with a Surface Pro for example when the keyboard and mouse is a little flexible and can easily be knocked and activated in a bag. I must say that this has worked for me and solved my issue of the random wake ups…

Windows 10 upgrade issues and problems

People at work had issues with the Windows 10 upgrade after upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update. This guy’s Surface Pro 3 Windows 10 display and keyboard wasn’t working properly especially when plugging in an external monitor, the Display Port didn’t work at all. Also when running Windows Update he was getting error code 0x80248007 when using Windows Updates. Only way to fix this was to re-build from scratch, a nice clean install of Windows 10 and it doesn’t take long. Download a full version of Windows 10 here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 you need at least 3GB on a USB key, this tool…

AzureCon Announcements

There were several announcements from AzureCon last week. Here are some of the highlights. New N family of Azure Virtual Machines. These have the latest flagship NVIDIA Tesla GPU, the K80, superfast RDMA network & high-end remote virtualisation. Azure becomes the first hyperscale cloud provider to bring the capabilities of NVidia’s Quadro High End Graphics Support to the cloud. Azure Compute Pre-Purchase Plan. Pre-purchase compute hours for one year and save up to 63% on compute costs. This plan will be available globally starting December 1. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/building-the-intelligent-cloud-announcing-new-azure-innovations-to-transform-business/ Announcing general availability of ExpressRoute for Office 365. Everyone knows that Office 365 is hosted in Azure….

Use PowerShell to make Rest API calls using JSON & OAuth

If you come from an IT Pro background like me, I have probably scared you off already by mentioning terms like Rest API, RegEx, JSON & OAuth. But don’t worry, I am going to walk you though some examples using PowerShell to automatically capture data from a random websites and then in turn post Google blogger blogs including the captured data and send Twitter tweets of the blogs URL using PowerShell. Why is this important? Think of how large the world wide web is. Imagine a website or group of websites you want to monitor and capture data from. Could…

Fully automate the installation of Office 365

This post continues on from my other blog post Fully automate the removal of any Office version in preparation for Office 365. Once all Office software versions have been removed from the computer, you’ll then need to automate the installation of Office 365 on the back end of the un-installation of all legacy Office versions. This guide will demonstrate how to automatically install Office 365 using Group Policy. First, you’ll need to download and install the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run. Install this on a dedicated (file) server which will host the share and will hold a local copy of…