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Unifying the logon experience with ADFS

Unifying the logon experience with ADFS

After rolling out ADFS, you may have noticed that the login experience with IE is different than in Chrome while on your internal network. This is due to two things, Windows Integrated Authentication and the user agent strings. In IE, the default behavior is to log you in automatically with the current users credentials. This is why when you connect to an intranet SharePoint site you are logged in without being prompted for your username or password. This feature is…

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Server 2003 to 2016 PKI & CSP to KSP Migration

Server 2003 to 2016 PKI & CSP to KSP Migration

The organization that I work for was running on an old single Server 2003 CA. This was sufficient at the beginning due to only needing it for an enterprise wireless system that was slowly being deprecated and usage was down to only a handful of people.   Recently we started implementing a VPN solution called NetMotion for all of our remote workers on tablets and notebooks. This caused us to begin relying on our aging 2003 box more and more…

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Case of the missing virtual server

Case of the missing virtual server

During a normal server maintenance period I had an unfortunate incident where one of the virtual machines I was patching simply disappeared.   Needless to say I started to panic! I didn’t quite understand how a virtual machine could simply go missing. I checked and verified that the VHD and config file were still there and in the appropriate places.   I did some digging around until I came upon an elusive blog where the guy had mentioned fixing an…

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Securing OWA with Web Application Proxy

Securing OWA with Web Application Proxy

  One of the first big projects that I had the opportunity to manage was our migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013.   This project came with a few challenges we needed to solve in order to fully migrate from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013. One of the biggest concerns was how we were going to secure OWA access. Our current solution was ISA Server which was outdated and not compatible with Exchange 2013. Naturally I looked into Forefront…

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