Automate Accounts for Azure AD

Azure AD’s B2B capability is a really powerful way to leverage identities from outside of an organization, but is it the right solution for seasonal, temporary, or white listed employees? Maybe, maybe not, and if not then the creation of cloud only accounts may require a time consuming (possibly manual) request > approval > provision process.

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Incorporate Azure AD with your Angular App

I began my career as a software developer and I still love the opportunity to tinker with code from time to time. Since I usually deal with authentication and identity I have a need from time to time to demonstrate how customers can add their own custom applications to Azure AD and how the protections can be applied. So, I spent a few days recently building and testing my own, single page, custom application based on the latest version of Angular (Typescript).

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The Identity stupid!

James Carville’s campaign strategy for Bill Clinton’s ‘92 campaign was “The economy, stupid!” These 3 words left no doubt to what was important, what to focus on, and the fact that getting the Economy right would make everything else possible. Today, as we look at changes to the corporate IT network and infrastructure we should adopt a similar slogan:

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Azure AD MFA managed by User Account Administrator Role

Many organizations want to delegate enabling and disabling MFA for a user to their helpdesk, but the only RBAC role that allows MFA management is the Global Administrator and no one wants to grant helpdesk technicians Global Admin access to their tenant. However, there is a way around this RBAC limitation if your organization has Azure AD Premium.

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O365 MFA vs Azure AD MFA

As a Technical Solutions Professional at Microsoft who covers Identity and Security I get a lot of questions about Office 365 MFA vs. Azure Active Directory MFA around the differences, benefits, and what I suggest. Customers always assume because I concentrate on the EMS stack Microsoft offers (Intune, Azure AD, Azure Information Protection) I recommend Azure AD MFA over Office 365 MFA, but the reality is when customers really compare the experiences they will almost always go with Azure AD MFA.

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SAML Security Vulnerability

Microsoft announces that core products like Azure Active Directory, Azure B2C, and ADFS are not affected by DUO's announced SAML Vulnerability.

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ADFS:Certificate Authentication and A Dirty Certificate Store

I often support ADFS configurations that are used to enable Client Certificate Authentication. Typically, these deployments are straight forward: we have certificates that cover the URLs ([sts url] and certauth.[sts url] see this article for more details), we enable the client certificate authentication and it works.

Then there are the other deployments.

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