As of April 21st, 2023, Windows LAPS for Azure Active Directory is now also accessible in a public preview. This presents an opportunity to test it in a cloud-only environment, and in this blog post, I will be sharing my initial testing impressions of Windows LAPS with Azure Active Directory in this scenario.
In October 2022, I published a blog post titled The 10 most important details about the upcoming Windows LAPS solution, which revealed that Microsoft was developing a new LAPS solution called Windows LAPS. This solution would address the long-awaited support for cloud-only devices. As of April 11, 2023, Windows LAPS for Windows Server Active Directory is now publicly available. Previously, Windows LAPS was only accessible through private preview. Unfortunately, Windows LAPS for Azure Active Directory remains in private preview and is not open to new customers. However, the Azure Active Directory LAPS scenario is anticipated to enter public preview in Q2 2023. In this blog post, I will be sharing my initial testing impressions of Windows LAPS with the Windows Server Active Directory (on-premises) scenario.
While AppLocker has been around since Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, I have rarely found the solution in enterprises. The main reason was always that the implementation is very time and resource consuming and that you must constantly maintain a whitelist. This is a bummer, because the security gain is enormous when a solution like AppLocker is used. If you deal with the AppLocker rules intensively and have developed a good concept at the beginning, you will realize that you do not have to adjust the rule regularly and that the operation is not as complex as you thought.
This blog article shows the important things to consider when implementing AppLocker, how to create a usable basic ruleset that requires minimal maintenance, and how to manage with Microsoft Intune.
The Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) from Microsoft has been around since 2015 and I have always liked using it because it was quite easy to implement and manage. Unfortunately, Azure AD (Cloud Only) support was missing and LAPS could only be used with an on-premises Active Directory. Therefore, in a cloud only environment, you had to use alternatives such as the community solution CloudLAPS. Fortunately, Microsoft is working on a new LAPS solution with the name Windows LAPS that finally offers the long-awaited support for cloud-only devices.
This blog article presents the 10 most essential details about the new Windows LAPS solution.
It’s time to make Microsoft Authenticator more secure for your users. Since October 25, 2022, new Advanced Microsoft Authenticator security features are Generally Available. This blog article shows how to enable the new Advanced Microsoft Authenticator security features in Microsoft Entra admin center.
Microsoft Ignite 2022 took place from October 12-14, happily as a hybrid event, online and onsite in Seattle. Under the headline “Do more with less with the Microsoft Cloud“, Microsoft presented over 100 new solutions or updates to existing products. This blog article presents my top 10 takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2022 with a focus on Modern Workplace, Microsoft 365 and Security. In conclusion, I will honor my favorite session and give my overall impression of Microsoft Ignite 2022.