Azure MFA 503 Error When Authenticating

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If you have installed version 7 of Azure MFA Server on-premises ( or at the time of writing) and have enabled IIS authentication with Forms Based authentication and the Native App, but when you need to authenticate you are presented with a 503 DLL error. The reason for this is that version 7 removed support for 32 bit Windows, but if the application pool in IIS for the website you are running is a […]

OU Filtering in AADConnect–What They Grey Boxes Mean

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So I had the chance to check this today. If you do OU filtering in the DirSync tools you will get an OU structure with various grey boxes in it. Here is an example: It appears that both and are options in the sync tool. You get the first (grey with a tick ) if you select that box and untick some child objects. You get the second (grey box, no tick) if you unselect […]

Skype for Business Meetings Don’t Come With a Telephone Number

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Yes, that is correct if you are using Skype for Business Online. When you create a meeting request in Outlook you just get the “Join Skype Meeting” message. This is because dial-in meetings are an add on to Skype for Business Online and the PSTN Conferencing feature is needed. As long as you are an Office 365 global admin (or billing admin) and have users with the Skype for Business Plan 2 licence you can […]

Creating a Phone System In Office 365 in Ten Minutes

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Cloud PBX, off, Office 365, PSTN, Skype For Business Online, unif, unified messaging, Voicemai, voicemail

I have been invited into the Skype for Business Cloud PSTN preview in the UK and so I though I would jot down a few comments on how easy it was to configure and get a working telephone line and full PBX without doing more than a few clicks of the mouse in Office 365 Admin Center! Step 1: Purchase Licences To have a telephone number in Office 365 you need to purchase at either […]

Remote Desktop And Login With AzureAD Account

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If you join a Windows 10 PC to Azure AD and then try and login to that PC over remote desktop you are in for a barrel of laughs! Or not! The way to get it to work is as follows: Ensure that Windows 10 PC is running Version 1511 or later (type WinVer from the Run dialog) Ensure the target PC is enabled for Remote Desktop Ensure the Network Level Authentication is disabled Run […]

Get-SpoofMailReport in EOP

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Using Office 365 or EOP to protect your email and worried about spoofed emails? Then try this cmdlet in Remote PowerShell for EOP: PS C:\Users\brian.reid> Get-SpoofMailReport Date                Event Type Direction Domain Action       Spoofed Sender              True Sender     Sender IP—-                ———- ——— —— ——       ————–              ———–     ———14/04/2016 00:00:00 SpoofMail  Inbound          GoodMail 00:00:00 SpoofMail  Inbound          GoodMail    1.130.217…07/04/2016 00:00:00 SpoofMail  Inbound          GoodMail                          1.130.217…14/04/2016 00:00:00 SpoofMail  Inbound          GoodMail 00:00:00 SpoofMail  Inbound          […]

Renewing Apple APN for Office 365 Mobile Device Management

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in exchange online, iOS, iPad, iPhone, MDM, Mobile Device Management, mobile phones, Office 365

Office 365 MDM (Mobile Device Management) allows you to manage iOS based Apple devices. Once you have had Office 365 Mobile Device Management is use for a year, the Apple APN certificate that you would have created a year ago for this purpose will expire. If you did not add this renewal date to your calendar when you set up Office 365 MDM, or if you have taken over as administrator from someone else since […]

Upgrading Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server

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A new version of Azure MFA Server was released at the end of March 2016, version This provides an in place upgrade to the previous version This version is based on .NET 4.5 and not .NET 2.0, which is the big change in the product, along with new end user functionality in the ADFS Adapter. Note the upgrading the ADFS Adapter piece is prone to issues, which I have documented here. This blog […]

Installing Azure Multi-Factor Authentication and ADFS

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I have a requirement to ensure that Office 365 users external to the network of one of my clients need a second factor of authentication when accessing Office 365 resources from outside the corporate network. The free Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) feature of Office 365 will not distinguish between network location so we need to enable MFA on ADFS (or Federated) authentication for external connections. External connections are those that come through a WAP server to […]

ADFS Adapter Issues With Upgrading MFA 6.3.1 to Version 7

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Upgrading the ADFS Adapter is not straight forward, though the readme notes for the upgrade make no mention of issues! To upgrade MFA Server 6.3.1 to 7 (so you can remove .NET 2 as a requirement, as that goes out of support soon) then you need to download the MFA installer to each MFA server and run the installation. Once the installation is complete and you restart the MFA admin application you are prompted about […]