Note-to-self: You lost access to your initial Office 365 admin?

Although Microsoft has built in quite some methods to regain access to your 0365 tenant/account, you might have some bad luck one day… (experience talking here)

First of all you should try the default options, meaning : the password reset options.

The direct way to get there is the first link to bookmark: https://passwordreset.microsoftonline.com/

Another way to get there is in the 0365 logon page (also for Azure),

o365_1

If you forgot your password or can’t access the account, hit the link at the bottom.
You get directed to :

o365_2

If you know the logon, you can proceed to

o365_3

You notice that the verification is pointing to your alternative mail address or your mobile number…

But what if you forgot your original logon ID (mail address), eg in case you have setup a test tenant in 0365 with an mail address you don’t use frequently? (yes, that happens)

If that is not working or you need more help, check these options:

And if you really ran out of luck: you might raise a ticket and ask for help. https://portal.office.com/support/newsignupservicerequest.aspx

Anyway, as shown there are some options when configuring 0365 that should keep you out of trouble in the first place

  • make sure to add a mobile number to your user account
  • make sure to add a secondary email address to your account (not belonging to your O365 domain)
  • Configure and test MFA (multifactor Authentication), eg with the Authenticator app
  • add a secondary admin account with sufficient rights (with the same security measures!)

Note-to-self: #FIM2010/#MIM2016 Generic SQL Connector technical reference

Please note that Andreas Kjellman published/updated the information on the Generic SQL connector for FIM/MIM

Source:

As described on the tech page:

This article describes the Generic SQL Connector. The article applies to the following products:

  • Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 (MIM2016)
  • Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM2010R2)
    • Must use hotfix 4.1.3461.0 or later KB2870703.

For MIM2016 and FIM2010R2 the Connector is available as a download from the Microsoft Download Center.

/../

The Connector is supported with all 64-bit ODBC drivers. It has been tested with the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server & SQL Azure
  • IBM DB2 10.x
  • IBM DB2 9.x
  • Oracle 10 & 11g
  • MySQL 5.x

 

You might have some trouble to get to the download link, if so : keep an eye on it and retry later. The download will be activated any time soon…

FIM/MIM Licensing: clarification on the requirement to use CALs

Since the addition of the FIM Service and Portal in FIM 2010, the licensing model changed from a “server only” licensing to “server + CAL” licensing. (NOTE: CAL = Client Access License).

In April 2015 licensing update of FIM/MIM, the server license became virtually free.

The authoritative document that provides you with the full details is the PUR (Products Use Rights) document published by Microsoft.

See my post on the licensing change for all required info: http://aka.ms/LicenseToCAL. It does contain the links to the PUR (in various languages).

You can also check the TechNet Wiki page for the FIM/MIM licensing: http://aka.ms/LicenseToFIM)

 

In short: in general, you do NOT need to buy a FIM/MIM server license anymore, it’s included in the Windows Server license.

Still, keep in mind, some specific situations do require special/additional licenses: check the PUR.

You DO require CALs, which is mentioned by the PUR as:

“A CAL is also required for any person for whom the software issues or manages identity information.”

 

You can acquire FIM CALs via :

  • Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 User CAL (device CALs are not available), or
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite User SL, or
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium

The april 2015 licensing change caused quite some confusion on the CAL requirements (as the FIM/MIM server license became ‘free’…)
One of the important reasons was the following paragraph in the PUR (quote):

“/../

Synchronization Service

A CAL is not required for users only using the Forefront Identity Manager synchronization service. /../”

To rephrase this statement: if you ONLY use the FIM Sync engine, you DO NOT need to buy/acquire any license (you got server license free and CAL not required).

This essentially means that IF you do install the FIM Service (and probably the FIM portal to manage it) and you DO connect the FIM Sync engine to the FIM service via the FIM MA, you DO NEED CALs.

This also applies to BHOLD and FIMCM.

This is how it was phrased by one of the FIM/MIM/AADConnect program managers: “As soon as you have installed the FIM Service MA (or BHOLD or CM) then you have triggered a CAL for everyone in the MV. ” It’s not relevant if the users are in FIM Service or not.

This is also the reason for built-in declarative provisioning (without a need for the FIM Service MA) in Azure AD Connect sync… this puts the FIM/MIM licensing model on the same frequency as the Azure AD connect licensing.

Now, this perfectly answers the question of Henrik on my post on the licensing update.

His question was: “What if you install FIM/MIM Sync and Service, both included in Windows Server licensing but you choose not to add object mappings in FIM/MIM MA for users and groups… This will allow you to import filter based sync rules from FIM/MIM Service.”

The short answer is: you still need to acquire the CAL.

Summary

  • FIM/MIM server license is included in the Windows Server License
  • you DO NEED CALs for FIM/MIM
    • you can purchase CALS or acquire them via EMS/AAD premium/ECS
    • for EVERY person managed
  • 1 EXCEPTION:
    • if you ONLY use the FIM/MIM Sync Engine, you do not need CALs

I hope that this explanation helps you to better understand the FIM/MIM licensing.

Feel free to contact me via any channel if you have any feedback or questions.
Happy licensing!

Note-to-self: MVA course – Getting Started with Azure Security for the IT Professional

Source: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/en-US/training-courses/getting-started-with-azure-security-for-the-it-professional-11165

From the course description:

“Course information

Earning Trust in the Microsoft Cloud

Join Scott Edwards and Rick Claus for a look at the Microsoft commitment to earn customer and partner trust in its Cloud Services, with a focus on privacy controls, compliance, and certification.
 

Inside a Microsoft Datacenter

Have you ever wondered what “cloud scale” looks like? Take a virtual tour of a datacenter (designed, built, and operated by Microsoft), and learn about defense in depth, access, and cloud security.
 

Architecting Secure Compute Solutions on Azure

Explore ways to design solutions that will be secure and well architected for availability within your Azure subscription. Learn about security boundary implementation and ways to minimize downtime.
 

Virtual Appliances and Security

​ ​This session covers various elements of the network virtualization stack with emphasis on virtual networks, network security, and user defined routing.
 

Understanding Virtual Appliances

You will learn how to deploy virtual appliances in Azure Virtual Network. The key focus is on security appliances (firewall, gateway), ADC (application delivery controller), and WAN optimization.​ ​
 

Extend Your Network to the Microsoft Cloud

Learn about how Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute enables you to extend your network to Microsoft and enable Hybrid Scenarios for your Enterprise.
 

How to Manage Encryption Keys for Your Cloud Apps with Azure Key Vault

With the new Azure Key Vault service, customers of cloud applications can manage their keys and secrets consistently across their cloud applications. This is part 1 covering background and theory.
 

Demos: How to Manage Encryption Keys for Your Cloud Apps with Azure Key Vault

Managing cryptographic keys and secrets is an essential part of safeguarding data in the cloud. This is part TWO covering all the demos of the Azure Key Vault service​.
 

Disk Encryption with Key Vault

​Disk Encryption has been something that our customers have been asking about since Azure IaaS has been available. Learn what options are available to your Azure IaaS VMs now with Azure KeyVault.
 

Antivirus Options in Azure

AntiVirus extensions are available in Azure and can be included in your Virtual Machine images. Learn what options are available and how to leverage them in your solutions.
 

Encryption for SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

This talk will cover how customers can use the SQL Server Connector to use Azure Key Vault as an Extensible Key Manager in implementing SQL Server encryption on Azure Virtual Machines.
 

Azure SQL Database Security

This talk will cover 2 new security features for Azure SQL DB, Transparent Data Encryption and Azure Active Directory integrated authentication.”

Note-to-self: A quick tip to convert Hyper-V .vhdx to .vhd file formats (prep for Windows Azure)

A very useful, quick hint to convert your Hyper-V disk to Azure ready disks…

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbernier/archive/2013/08/29/converting-hyper-v-vhdx-to-vhd-file-formats-for-use-in-windows-azure.aspx

See also:

Troubleshooting #FIM2010: The Office 365 MA Connector export cycle has stopped. Object with DN CN={1234567890AABBCCDDEEFFGGHGGFFEEDDCCBBAA987654321} failed validation for the following attributes: member.

 

Event Viewer

Log Name: Application
Source: Directory Synchronization
Date:
32/13/2015 4:48:55 AM
Event ID: 107
Task Category: None
Level:
Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: <servername
/>.<domain />.<root />
Description:
The Office 365 MA Connector
export cycle has stopped. Object with DN
CN={1234567890AABBCCDDEEFFGGHGGFFEEDDCCBBAA987654321} failed validation
for the following attributes: member. Please refer to documentation for
information on object attribute validation.
Event Xml:
<Event
xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event”&gt;

<System>
<Provider Name=”Directory Synchronization” />
<EventID
Qualifiers=”0″>107</EventID>
<Level>2</Level>
<Task>0</Task>

<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated
SystemTime=”2015-13-32T03:48:55.000000000Z” />

<EventRecordID>994163</EventRecordID>
<Channel>Application</Channel>

<Computer><servername />.<domain />.<root /></Computer>
<Security />

</System>
<EventData>
<Data>The Office 365 MA Connector export
cycle has stopped. Object with DN
CN={1234567890AABBCCDDEEFFGGHGGFFEEDDCCBBAA987654321} failed validation
for the following attributes: member. Please refer to documentation for
information on object attribute validation.</Data>
</EventData>

</Event>

Root Cause

There is a technical limit of 15000 members, that the Office 365 management
agent can support.

Solutions

1. Keeping member numbers under 15000

  • Eg. splitting groups

2. Migrating your O365 connector to AADSync

 

Additional info

Prepare for directory synchronization:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj151831.aspx

#AADSync v1.0.0470.1023 released, with new features

Few days ago Microsoft launched a new release of the Azure AD Sync tool.

As mentioned in the AAD Sync Version Release History, this build adds the following features:

  • Password synchronization from multiple on-premise AD to AAD
  • Localized installation UI to all Windows Server languages

Get an overview and comparison for Directory Integration with Azure AD here .

  1. Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync)
  2. Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync)
  3. Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2

The download location for AADSync (http://aka.ms/AADSyncDownload) has not changed, but has been updated with the new version.

Overview: