Azure B2B vs. B2C

In this video, I go over the difference between Azure Business to Business, or B2B and Azure Business to Customer, or B2C.  This is a high-level comparison between the two services for those getting ready for an Azure Certification or designing Azure solutions.

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Use Splunk to Collect Logs from Office 365 and Azure AD

Microsoft has a lot of options to view Azure log data in one form or another. There is the Security Center, Azure Sentinel, Log Analytics, and Insights.  This is fine for an Azure centric organization, but many organizations already have log collection systems in place such as Splunk, and using multiple logging platforms is not efficient.  This article walks through sending Azure AD and Office 365 logs to Splunk.

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Deploy Azure AD Domain Service and Join a Server to the Domain

In this video, I go over deploying Azure AD and configuring replication with an on-premises Windows Active Directory domain and Azure Active Directory.  I review deployment options and how to synchronize passwords from Windows and Azure directory services.  A server is deployed and joined to the Azure AD Domain Services domain and users source from Azure AD and Windows AD log in using same sign-on credentials.

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Windows Virtual Server and Active Directory Requirements (and Azure Files While I’m At It)

EDIT 11/16/2016 – This information is outdated. WVD now supports Azure AD Domain Services with users sourced from Windows Server AD.

I spent hours this week trying to design a Windows Virtual Desktop solution that stores FXLogix profiles in Azure Files.  This should be a simple task, but once I got into the details it proved anything but simple.  The first consideration was a note on the overview page of the WVD documentation “What is Windows Virtual Desktop” :

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Active Directory Domain Service, Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Service Explained

Active Directory Domain Service, Azure Active Directory and Azure Active Directory Domain Service

Microsoft has a couple of options available for identity and authentication services including Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory, and Azure Active Directory Domain Services.  This can lead to confusion, especially considering three of the options have “Active Directory” in the name.  It also leads to the question “do we still need domain controllers?”  This post reviews these three different options, outlining the functionality and comparing how they work together in Microsoft and Azure.

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