Entra Connect Sync v2.3.6.0 improves Automatic Upgrade eligibility detection
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by Sander Berkouwer
1w ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Entra Connect Sync v2.1.15.0 was the first v2.x to be announced with Automatic Upgrades functionality, on July 6th 2022. However, Microsoft's support life cycle for Windows Server Operating Systems and .NET Framework versions would sometimes stand in the way of these upgrades. Entra Connect Sync v2.3.6.0 now comes with improvements in this area.   What’s New Entra Connect Sync v2.3.6.0 offers a bug fix. Improved Automatic Upgrade eligibility detection Starting with Entra Connect Sync v2.3.6.0, Entra Connect Sync's Automatic Upgrade functionality will no longer ..read more
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VMware's Enhanced Authentication Plug-in is deprecated and critically vulnerable – Remove it now (VMSA-2024-0003)
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by Sander Berkouwer
1w ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Two critical vulnerabilities in the optional Enhanced Authentication Plug-in require the immediate removal of this software from admin workstations and management servers.   About VMware's Enhanced Authentication Plug-in VMware's Enhanced Authentication Plug-in (EAP) is an optional piece of software that can be downloaded from VMware's download center and can be installed om admin workstations and management servers (client-side). The plug-in allows administrators to seamlessly sign in to vCenter Server using Windows Integrated Authentication and/or Windows-based ..read more
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I'm speaking at Netwrix Connect 2024
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by Sander Berkouwer
1w ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of talking to the people at STEALTHbits. They offered great products that are of great use to Identity admins. Then, they got acquired by Netwrix – another vendor with great solutions, that I've often highlighted during webinars. Now, Netwrix is hosting their first in-person customer and partner event. They've asked me to present.   About Netwrix Netwrix empowers information security and governance professionals to reclaim control over sensitive, regulated and business-critical data, regardless of where it resides. Over 10,00 ..read more
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We're presenting at 2024's first Workplace Ninjas Netherlands meetup
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by Sander Berkouwer
2w ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes As the Dutch IT Bro's, Raymond Comvalius and I are in high demand for many events and communities to come present on identity, security, windows and devices in our typically hilarious way. A couple of weeks ago, Raymond received a message from the Dutch Workplace Ninja's to come present at their first 2024 meetup on February 27th, 2024.   About Workplace Ninjas Netherlands Workplace Ninjas Netherlands (WPNinjasNL) is a user group, that was founded in February 2013 by IT Professionals with a passion for everything that has to do with managing Windows, but not limit ..read more
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Pictures of the Inaugural Dutch Microsoft Entra Community meetup
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by Sander Berkouwer
2w ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes On Thursday February 1st, 2024, I presented at the inaugural Dutch Microsoft Entra Community meetup at the Inspark offices in Amstelveen. Jan, Pim and Stefan invited me to speak at the second speaker slot of the first event they organized together in the context of this new community. I arrived early, chatted with some of the attendees and enjoyed the Italian food that was served. Jan, Pim and Stefan kicked off the sold-out event with an introduction of the Dutch Microsoft Entra Community and an overview of Microsoft Entra. After their talk,  Guus van Berge dove i ..read more
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On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for January 2024
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by Sander Berkouwer
3w ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes Even though Microsoft’s Identity focus moves towards the cloud, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022 still receive updates to improve the experiences and security of Microsoft’s on-premises powerhouses. This is the list of Identity-related updates and fixes we saw for January 2024:   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following update for Windows Server 2016: KB5034119 January 9, 2024 The January 9, 2024, update for Windows Server 2016 (KB5034119), updating the OS build number to 14393.6614 is a monthly cumulative update and includes n ..read more
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Five Truths in Veeam's 2024 Data Protection Trends Report
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by Sander Berkouwer
1M ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Veeam launched its 2024 Data Protection Trends report on January 17th. For this report, Veeam had a third party interview 1200 IT leaders and implementers accross 10 countries throughout EMA, APJ and the Americas in 2024 – each leading the data protection strategies for their enterprise organization. The data was then compared to the data Veeam has collected on the topics in the report since 2020. It contains some hidden gems, that data protection admins can benefit from in their daily practices:   Backups still matter in 2024! Cybersecurity events were the most c ..read more
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I'm speaking at the inaugural Dutch Microsoft Entra Community Meetup
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by Sander Berkouwer
1M ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes It's not often that a new community comes to life. Microsoft's rename of Azure AD to Entra, however, has sparked the birth of the Dutch Microsoft Entra Community, run by fellow MVPs Pim Jacobs and Jan Bakker and Microsoft senior product manager Stefan van der Wiele.   About the Dutch Microsoft Entra Community The Dutch Microsoft Entra Community (DMECnl) focuses on organizing meetups around Microsoft Entra technologies throughout the Netherlands. The purpose of these meetups is to share knowledge and experiences on Microsoft Entra, including Entra ID, Entra ID Gove ..read more
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What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in December 2023
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by Sander Berkouwer
1M ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. It is a cloud-based service, where agents on Domain Controllers provide signals to Microsoft's Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect and report on attacks. Its dashboard allows Active Directory, AD FS, and Certification Authority (CA) admins to investigate and remediate (potential) breaches related to advanced threats, compromised identities and malicious insider actions. Microsoft Defende ..read more
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Backing up and Restoring Entra ID objects and their attributes in 2023
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by Sander Berkouwer
2M ago
Reading Time: 4 minutes In recent years, if you wanted to make backups of objects in Microsoft Entra ID (Azure AD) and be able to restore them reliably, there was only one vendor that met the bill. Now, at the end of 2023, I'm seeing other companies offering help with backing up and restoring objects in Microsoft Entra ID. In this blogpost, I'm sharing my views on the solutions that are now available.   Why Entra ID backup and restore matters Hybrid Identity scenario When organizations operate Hybrid Identity environments, consisting in most cases of Active Directory, Entra ID (Azure AD ..read more
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