Alex Simons AZURE

Introducing Windows Local Administrator Password Solution with Microsoft Entra (Azure AD)

Howdy folks,    Today we have some news I know many of you will be excited about! As part of our vision to give you comprehensive security solutions, we’ve joined forces with the Windows and Microsoft Intune teams to release a public preview of Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) for Azure AD (which is […]

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Customize your authentication flows with custom claims providers!

Howdy folks, I’m super excited to announce the public preview of custom claims providers for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), now part of Microsoft Entra. A custom claims provider lets you call an API and map custom claims into the token during the authentication flow. The API call is made after the user has completed

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Secure authentication method provisioning with Temporary Access Pass

Howdy folks,   I’m happy to announce the general availability of Temporary Access Pass (TAP). We’ve made a lot of progress since we announced the public preview of TAP.   “…We use the MS Authenticator for passwordless sign in. That is the only way employees can access resources. Enrollment is based on TAP, and we do not hand over

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Migrate your apps to access the license managements APIs from Microsoft Graph

Howdy folks! In June, I reminded you to update your apps to use Microsoft Graph due to the end of support for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Graph on June 30, 2022. Apps using Azure AD Graph after this time will no longer receive responses from the Azure AD Graph endpoint.   Retiring license assignment

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New Azure AD Capabilities for Conditional Access and Azure VMs at RSA 2021

Howdy folks! We’re excited to be joining you virtually at RSA Conference 2021 next week. Security has become top-of-mind for everyone, and Identity has become central to organizations’ Zero Trust approach. Customers increasingly rely on Azure Active Directory (AD) Conditional Access to protect their users and applications from threats. Today, we’re announcing a powerful bundle

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Accelerate your move to the cloud with new capabilities in Azure AD Domain Services

Howdy folks!  New capabilities in Azure Active Directory Domain Services will make it easier for you to move your legacy, on-premises apps to the cloud. The additional capabilities in our managed domain services solution include geo redundancy, faster sync, and resource forests. Geo-redundancy enhances performance and disaster recovery Geo-redundancy is a must for large, geographically dispersed organizations with mission critical applications. With the general availability of

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Strengthen your hybrid identity with these new Azure AD Connect releases

Howdy folks, We continue to hear from you that hybrid identity is as important as ever, even as more apps move to the cloud. In Azure AD, our key hybrid identity tool is Azure AD Connect. This comes in two flavors based on your use case needs: Azure AD Connect sync which lives on-premises, and

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Upcoming changes to managing MFA methods for hybrid customers

Howdy folks! In November, I shared that we’re simplifying the MFA management experience to manage all authentication methods directly in Azure AD. This change has been successfully rolled out to cloud-only customers. To make this transition smooth for hybrid customers, starting February 1, 2021, we will be updating the authentication numbers of synced users to

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Securely manage and autofill passwords across all your mobile devices with Microsoft Authenticator

Howdy folks, Today we are announcing the public preview of password management and autofill capability in the Microsoft Authenticator app. For any sites or apps you visit on your mobile device, Authenticator will help you autofill strong passwords without having to remember them. These passwords can be synced across mobile and desktop, so you can

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Azure AD Application Proxy now natively supports apps that use header-based authentication

Howdy folks,  It’s awesome to hear from many of you that Azure AD Application Proxy helps you in providing secure remote access to critical on-premises applications and reducing load from existing VPN solutions. We’ve also heard about the need for Application Proxy to support more of your applications, including those that use headers for authentication,

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