Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) Rises Again

Back in 2012, I wrote about a nifty tool known as the Active Directory Replication Status Monitor (inevitably shortened to ADREPLSTATUS for efficiency’s sake) and how it was the first Microsoft tool produced in years to make monitoring Active Directory easier. Then recently Microsoft sort of took it away. Then, more recently, they gave it …

When you should use Azure MFA and when you should use MFA Server

One of the most common security-related trends I’m seeing with customers is an interest in adding multifactor authentication (MFA) to both their new and existing solutions. This trend is usually driven by a need to increase overall security, or to satisfy regulatory requirements. As a hybrid service, Microsoft’s Azure Multifactor Authentication (MFA) service has both …

Microsoft upends traditional password recommendations with significant new guidance

Based on research gleaned from literally billions of login attempts to its Azure cloud service, Microsoft updates its password recommendations – and throws out several long-held industry best practices. Microsoft has recently published a white paper, “Microsoft Password Guidance” that explains their new password guidance, based on the massive amount of data they’re collecting at …