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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Powershell -DomainMode and -ForestMode

When you use PowerShell to install a new forest. The values for -DomainMode and -ForestMode are the following:

     -- Windows Server 2003: 2 or Win2003
     -- Windows Server 2008: 3 or Win2008
     -- Windows Server 2008 R2: 4 or Win2008R2
     -- Windows Server 2012: 5 or Win2012
     -- Windows Server 2012 R2: 6 or Win2012R2

You can use the numeric value or you can write it in text as shown above.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool

Until now, when evaluating datacenter compute resources and estimating costs in the cloud has been a challenge. Typically we’re looking at a physical or virtual machine configuration such as CPU size, memory, disk space and so on. However, there are other resources that are more difficult to estimate such as bandwidth usage, storage transactions, and estimated future capacity.

Imagine having 50, 100, or more servers. Performing estimates for 100’s of servers would not only be time consuming, it would be difficult because we’re only looking at a snapshot in time. We know over the course of a day or week a server’s consumption model of resources will change. We may end up missing critical information that could end up in underestimating the cost of a VM or service in the cloud. Underestimating resources could lead to unexpected charges. Not an ideal situation when we’re looking to either reduce costs or migrate resources to the cloud.

You will find the tool and more information here:

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Azure AD Connect

Microsoft created the Azure AD Connect to help you easily connect your on-premises Windows Server Active Directory to your tenant in Azure Active Directory with only 4 clicks!

To learn more visit our documentation at and the Active Directory Team Blog at

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Difference between changing a password and reset a password

In all my years working with security there is a common misunderstanding about change a password and reset a password. The latter is also one of the big security issues in most companies - but they don't realize it...

Sanjay Tandon (Founder and CEO of Paramount Defenses Inc. And former MS blue badge) has written a great article about it. If you are working with AD and security, you should read this article, and the other ones he has published as well...

You find it here:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Azure AD Premium - 90 day trial!!

From the above site:

Just a quick note today.  I'm happy to let you know that we've just turned on free trials of Azure Active Directory Premium. Now you can get a free 90 day trial of Azure AD Premium for up to 100 users.
And I've got one other bit of cool news to share.  As of last weekend, Azure AD is now pre-integrated with 2035 SAAS Applications.  The team has been kicking it over the past several month, adding on average 120 new apps a week!

Start to learn!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New ADMT version

The Directory Service Team has released the newest version of ADMT that now support Server 2012/2012 R2.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

If you use Visio and PowerPoint and need Azure Symbols/Icon Set


I use Visio and PowerPoint on a regular basis, there is a package with icons and symbols available on the MS Download site that contains Azure related Technologies that you can use.

You'll find it here: