Top 6 Considerations for Choosing an Active Directory Disaster Recovery Solution

Most IT departments have no issue admitting the high importance of a highly available Active Directory. It’s become clear that while Active Directory downtime is rare, when it does happen, it’s devastatingly costly. Most modern enterprises live and die by their identity infrastructure, and Active Directory is primarily at the core of that infrastructure. And […]

The Top 5 Things to Know About the Latest Cyber Attacks

The latest rash of cyber attacks has both IT experts and C-level executives wanting to, well, cry. Malware, such as WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya, has been taking enterprises hostage across the globe, encrypting files and holding them ransom in exchange for money. The result? Network outages, debilitated health care institutions, delayed invoicing and shipments, and millions […]

Active Directory as A Target: Why AD Defense Is More Critical Than Ever

We can start with the obvious. Active Directory is the cornerstone of an increasing number of business functionalities, and every year more work hinges on stable AD operability. AD access is also a gateway to a lot of your organization’s information. It’s known that there is no such thing as an attack-proof organization, and according […]

Active Directory Corruption Comes In Two Flavors

Active Directory is a very robust application, as it should be for such a fundamental building block of a company’s IT infrastructure. But the architecture that makes it robust also makes it hard to understand.  This lack of understanding often leads to assumptions in your recovery strategy that can leave your AD broken without a […]

8 Situations That Put Your Active Directory At Risk

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) has grown to be a marvelously reliable, highly scalable, and fault tolerant core component of your company’s IT infrastructure. It generally works quite well without requiring a lot of attention. But the AD DS admin must put in extra work to take the service from a “working well on […]

Why On-Premises Active Directory Still Matters in a Cloud-Connected World

With all the talk about stampeding to the cloud, I get asked fairly regularly if I think Active Directory will be going away. No, AD isn’t becoming obsolete; it’s evolving. And as it evolves, I’d argue that it matters more than ever. Within Microsoft ISSD (Identity and Security Services Division), the folks that bring you […]

Thinking The Unthinkable: Do You Have An Active Directory Forest Recovery Plan?

If you want to make an Active Directory administrator uncomfortable, ask them about their recovery plan. When you ask this question, many AD admins will instead tell you about their object recovery plan. Some will describe their domain controller recovery procedures. But if you press further to ask if they’ve built a plan to deal […]