In this months newletter you’ll find guidance on:
Windows Phone 8.1 Security Overview
Windows Phone Security Forum for IT Pros
Create Stronger Passwords and Protect Them
Inlcuding free online tool offered by Microsoft Research, called
Telepathwords, for those that would rather have a randomly generated strong password created for them.
Two-Factor Authentication for Office 365
Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365
Configuring Two-Factor Authentication in Lync Server 2013
Adding Multi-Factor Authentication to Azure Active Directory
Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication for On-Premises Applications and Windows Server
Building Multi-Factor Authentication into Custom Apps
Get Started with Virtual Smart Cards
Plus much more… check it out at
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Fri 26 Sep 2014
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New Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) has reached general availability.
are more details about this – and Here is the related documentation. here
If you just want to get started, just click here to
. download AAD Sync
As discussed on the release blog post:
“AAD Sync capabilities in this release include the following;
Active Directory and Exchange multi-forest environments can be extended now to the cloud.
Control over which attributes are synchronized based on desired cloud services.
Selection of accounts to be synchronized through domains, OUs, etc.
Ability to set up the connection to AD with minimal Windows Server AD privileges.
Setup synchronization rules by mapping attributes and controlling how the values flow to the cloud.
Preview AAD Premium password change and reset to AD on-premises.”
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Tue 16 Sep 2014 1 Comment
Today the SCM team has finally released the SCM baselines for Windows 8.1, IE 11 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
To get the updates you can open the SCM tool and select the “Download Microsoft baselines automatically” in the tool:
Please carefully read the Release Notes for these baselines in the Attachments/Guides section as there are a
couple of known issues that may affect capabilities that worked in the past, but are no longer working with SCM and other related tools.
Alternatively, you can download all the CAB files directly from the following links:
8.1 Baseline and 8.1 Attachments –
IE 11 Baseline and IE 11 Attachments
Windows Server 2012 Baseline and Windows Server 2012 Attachments
Lastly, a HUGE thank you goes to the SCM team,
Aaron Margosis and Rick Munck who have put huge efforts to release these baselines.
They have also produced the SCM materials, along with a more extensive set of GPO’s and security guide here for customers to use:
SCM Baselines for Windows 8.1, IE 11 and Server 2012 R2 are now live!
What’s New in Recommended Security Baseline Settings for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Internet Explorer 11
Changes in the Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and IE11 since the beta
Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 – FINAL
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Thu 4 Sep 2014
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A hotfix rollup package (build 4.1.3599.0) is available for Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This hotfix rollup resolves some issues and adds some features that are described in the “More Information” section.
For a complete list of the hotfixes for FIM 2010 (incl. R2…), go to