Azure Active Directory ( From Microsoft Docs)

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service. Azure AD helps your employees sign in and access resources in:

  • External resources, such as Microsoft Office 365, the Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications.
  • Internal resources, such as apps on your corporate network and intranet, along with any cloud apps developed by your own organization.

You can use the various Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise Architects Series posters to better understand the core identity services in Azure, Azure AD, and Office 365.

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System requirements for System Center Operations Manager ( SCOM ) From Microsoft

The topic describes general performance and scalability guidance for System Center 2016 – Operations Manager and higher. It recommends hardware configurations for a variety of workloads. Because System Center Operations Manager is built to be flexible and scalable, the hardware requirements for specific scenarios may differ from the guidelines that are presented here. A discussion of the factors that affect the performance of each Operations Manager component is detailed in other sections of the planning guide so that they can be adapted to specific requirements.

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Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services [AD CS] Installation

Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services [AD CS] provides a platform for issuing and managing public key infrastructure [PKI] certificates. On top of securing application and HTTP traffic the certificates that AD CS provides can be used for authentication of computer, user, or device accounts on a network.

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Active Directory Ports

In the series of posts this month we’ve been looking at network ports relevant to security administrators. This note explores the ports used for Active Directory (AD) communications, which is a topic particularly relevant for allowing AD traffic across a firewall. For instance, you may be wondering which ports to open to allow AD replication across internal subnets, or to allow an AD member server on a screened subnet to authenticate to a domain controller on another subnet.

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SCCM: Step by Step Walk-through Setup


The environment used for setting up System Center Configuration Manager is a two server farm with one server acting as the Domain Controller and the second one will act as the SCCM Server with SQL Server 2016 installation. We will install SCCM on the same server as SQL Server for the time being. We can also extend the set up to a stand-alone SCCM server and SQL Server. The installation of SCCM is primarily divided into two sections:

  • Prerequisite installation
  • System Center Configuration Manager Installation
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Step by Step How to Installing and Configuring AD RMS in Windows Server 2016


Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) Data leakage is the unauthorized transmission of information – either to people within the organization or people outside the organization – who should not be able to access that information. One of the major advantages of using AD RMS over other security features such as NTFS permission is that AD RMS permission travels along with the documents.

AD RMS integrates with existing Microsoft products and OS including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Azure.

AD RMS can protect data in transit and at rest. For example, AD RMS can protect documents that are sent as email messages by ensuring that a message cannot be opened even if it is accidentally addressed to the wrong recipient.

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