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Maybe you should've stuck with NetWare: Hijackers can bypass Active Directory controls

Updated Two infosec bods have demonstrated an attack on Microsoft's Active Directory software that lets them insert their own domain controller into an existing enterprise setup. France-based duo Benjamin Delpy – the Mimikatz creator – and Vincent Le Toux presented their technique, dubbed DCShadow, to the Windows Giant's Blue Hat …
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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Sysadmin blog What works for 100 users frequently doesn't work for 10,000. The same is true in reverse, however, there are far fewer vendors worrying about tailoring software designed for the enterprise to the needs of the SMB. True mass market software needs to walk the tightrope between both worlds, and very little of it succeeds. Let's …
Trevor Pott, 5 Oct 2016

Scality waggles finger, shows off sixth RING

Scality's sixth RING object storage software version adds S3 compliance to Active Directory and AWS identity and access management support. It says it's the object storage supplier with all this so you can have enterprise production deployments of S3-based apps. We're told object storage deployments have been limited to date, …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2016
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There's more to life than Windows

When you run a corporate IT infrastructure, the chances are you run Active Directory underpinning a predominantly Windows-based array of servers, desktops and laptops. And that's fine: it probably serves 90 per cent of the kit you have and is a secure, easy-to-use way of authenticating user logins. But it's very unusual to …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Apr 2016
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Concerning Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Microsoft's Azure has moved forward in recent months with a clutch of upgrades and new feature releases. Microsoft is also expanding Azure's worldwide presence, and with the Australian Azure data centre launched in October most continents have a local presence now. This is great for IT staff who are either already on Azure or …
Adam Fowler, 3 Dec 2014
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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

Active Directory is dead: long live Active Directory. While Microsoft's Windows Server Active Directory (WSAD) is unable to meet the needs of today, its younger sibling Azure Active Directory (AAD) looks set to take the world by storm. I have given it the once over and am impressed with the technology – but also ambivalent …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014

Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

Microsoft has made a confession: “integrating your on premises identities with Azure AD is harder than it should be” and requires “too many pages of documentation to read, too many different tools to download and configure, and far too much on premises hardware required.” It has also done something about it, in the form of a …

Redmond may buy security company it says is wrong about AD flaw

Microsoft is reportedly in talks to buy Israeli security firm Aorato for $200 million after this week pouring cold water on its claim to have discovered a critical flaw in Active Directory. Aorato was founded by former Israeli Defense Force hackers and offers products that detects attacks on against Active Directory. As …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jul 2014

Revealed: How Microsoft DNS went titsup globally on Xbox One launch day

Exclusive Microsoft's major outage last week was caused by a policy rollout that derailed its own DNS servers – a blunder that also downed some of the tech giant's internal services. The outage hit on Thursday, during which key websites such as Xbox.com and Outlook.com were knocked over, connectivity to the Office 365 online software …
Jack Clark, 25 Nov 2013
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Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

A Scottish health board has issued a grovelling apology to the hundreds of patients whose appointments were cancelled due to an embarrassing system error. Although NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) has now fixed the "unprecedented" fault, some 709 appointments bit the dust. The issue started on Tuesday and was only resolved …
Jasper Hamill, 4 Oct 2013
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Second time's a charm! Microsoft tries again with Active Directory patch

Microsoft made a second attempt to cleanly patch an "important" security flaw in its Active Directory Federation Services technology on Monday - days after yanking the original update for causing stability problems. The original MS13-066 upgrade caused the active directory service to stop working entirely in some cases. The …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2013
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Microsoft splurges on single sign ons with Active Directory update

Microsoft has expanded the capabilities of its identity and access management infrastructure to allow for single sign-on of a multitude of corporate apps. The upgrades to Windows Azure Active Directory were announced on Sunday, and bring pre-integrated single sign-on for apps from Office 365 to Box.com, Salesforce.com, and …
Jack Clark, 9 Jul 2013

Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

Microsoft's cloudy identity and access management tool has been given two-factor authentication. This lets admins add another layer of security into applications that integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. Microsoft announced plans in April to bring two-factor authentication (in softy …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013

Storage upstart polishes copied-data slurping tool

Storage startup Actifio has updated its data-copy killing software, which deduplicates data by preventing redundant copies from being made in the first place. The firm's software tech virtualises a data storage system so that copies of data are pointers to master data and changed blocks rather than full files or databases - …
Chris Mellor, 7 Feb 2013

Samba 4 arrives with full Active Directory support

The team behind the Samba Project has released version 4.0 of its open source Windows interoperability software suite, the first version to offer full compatibility with Microsoft's Active Directory protocols. The Samba stack is by far the most popular solution for networking non-Microsoft platforms with Windows machines, but …
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2012
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Microsoft ID guru quietly skips away from Redmond

Updated Microsoft's top identity architect Kim Cameron, who was last seen on these pages bemoaning Apple's "duplicitous" privacy policies, reportedly quit Redmond earlier this week. According to ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley, who cites anonymous sources, Cameron had a leaving do at Microsoft on Wednesday. However, both Cameron and Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 May 2011
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Secure Computing snaps up user control firm Securify

Security appliance firm Secure Computing has bought user access monitoring and control firm Securify, in a deal valued at up to $20m ($15m guaranteed in cash and stock, plus an earn-out of up to $5m). Securify's appliance-based technology allows organisations to control and keep tabs on user access to applications. The …
John Leyden, 4 Sep 2008
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National Grid computers locked-down in outage cock-up

National Grid suffered a major computer system outage last week, leaving many of its staff twiddling their fingers while services supplier Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) scurried to provide a fix. The electricity and gas operator, which supplies energy to homes and businesses throughout England and Wales, confirmed the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2008

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