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Office 365 Tenant Migration and Active Directory Considerations

When migrating Office 365 tenancies for acquisitions, mergers, or divestitures; there needs to be a good amount of consideration given to the back-end identity infrastructure supporting each Office 365 tenant. Active Directory Directory Services (AD DS) is generally the identity store that connects Enterprise to Office 365 Azure Active Directory. There can be various ways […]

6 Reasons to Use Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory, commonly known as Azure AD, is “Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service.1” It is a widely used IDaaS (identity and access management-as-a-service) that can integrate with an existing (or new) MVC-style web application, Web API, mobile app, and more to provide quick and easy authentication. I am no salesman (although it […]

Securing Your Web API Using Azure Active Directory

Large or small, all companies need web security. And what better way to secure your ASP.NET Core Web API than using Azure Active Directory? Given MVC-style apps are the dominant force in the market nowadays, the majority of documentation on the matter focuses here. That left me, desiring to create a loosely-coupled Web API instead […]

10 Wishes for Hadoop’s Next 10 Years! #HS16SJ

Day 2 of Hadoop Summit 2016 ended with a big birthday bash for a big yellow elephant named Hadoop.  On account of this milestone, the conference has spent a lot of time discussing what’s next for the platform and the ecosystem, here’s the top ten things on my wishlist for the next 1o years: Assemblies. […]

Using Azure AD Domain Service for SharePoint IaaS Deployments

Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a great option for SharePoint Server deployments for those use cases and/or organizations where SharePoint Online is not appropriate or sufficient.  IaaS can be used for dev/test scenarios or a part of a production, cloud-based infrastructure. With SharePoint Server 2016, deployment without Active Directory is no longer supported;  Active Directory is […]

Azure: Did you know? Application Proxy for Web Applications

Have you ever needed to publish an internal web application for use outside of your corporate firewall?  If you have, you’re probably aware of many of the complications that come up while exploring that option including what ports need to be exposed, to DMZ or not to DMZ, various authentication challenges, etc.  Well, now you can with […]

Azure Active Directory Reporting APIs Now Available

One of the most common things we hear from our clients is their need to automatically access security related reports from Azure AD. With last week’s announcement from Microsoft about AAD Reporting APIs Public Preview, we now have that capability. Azure AD already has a robust set of activity, security and audit reports, with some […]

Office 365 – Why Your UPN Should Match Your Primary SMTP Address

Since the early days of Office 365, the discussion of changing UPNs has been had between consultants and clients. The discussions range from “what is a UPN” to “this line-of-business application uses UPN for login, the application would need to be reinstalled and the vendor is no longer in business”. During Office 365 deployments, I […]

Webinar: O365 Deployment, Security & Management Best Practices

As we get back into the swing of things after heading home from Microsoft Ignite (some of us didn’t have to go very far, lucky Chicagoans), we’re excited to have a bunch of new webinars lined up on various topics. One was today, on Skype for Business – stay tuned for that recap! Next up, […]

New features for Office 365 SSO and RMS – Ignite 2015

Some very exciting new capabilities were announced here (Ignite conference) as part of the Office 365 suite powered by Azure AD and rights management service. I will share two of these here • Cloud App Discovery • Document Tracking Cloud App Discovery With 365 you’re already setup for SSO but if you require some advanced […]

Perficient’s Top 5 Microsoft Azure Blog Posts of 2014

Yesterday, we shared the top five SharePoint related blog posts of 2014. As several of those SharePoint posts alluded to, when it comes to the cloud, 2014 could be called the year Microsoft went “all in” and truly made cloud king. And Azure is a significant piece of that. 80% of Fortune 500 companies are […]

Active Directory Application Mode: directory-enabled applications

It was back in 2011 when the need was great to develop a directory-enabled web application for internal users with a Single Sign On (SSO) facility. With SSO, an end user does not need to enter credentials specific to an application, instead their computer login / Active Directory domain login is the one used for […]

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