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Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track guides

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide

“The scope of this document is to provide customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. This document provides specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization layers) of an overall private cloud solution.”

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide

“The scope of this document is to provide customers with the necessary guidance to develop solutions for a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the IaaS PLA patterns that are identified for use with the Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This document provides specific guidance for developing a management architecture for an overall private cloud solution.”

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Windows Server 2012: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery

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This guide has now been updated to include using virtualized domain controller cloning in Windows Server 2012 to expedite forest recovery.

Written by adamsync

May 2, 2013 at 22:30

Best Practices for Securing Active Directory

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Written by adamsync

May 2, 2013 at 22:24

General Availability release of Windows Azure AD

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General Availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

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Read this post.

Watch this video at:

General Availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

and the follow links on that page.

Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team blog

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The Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team has a blog:

“Windows Azure Active Directory( AAD ) provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. The AAD graph API will let you access the information in the directory through a very simple RESTful service.”

This post has an overview and context for AAD and you can try out the Graph API here (and click Use Demo Company).

IGNITE events for Office 365 and Exchange

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Regional Office and Exchange teams run “Ignite” training events for new waves of their products. I have attended online versions from both the US and UK in the past. The events are often over two days and are very useful for getting up to speed. The teams also have related webcasts and a selection covering topics such as: Hybrid deployment, Cutover and Staged migrations, Click-to-run deployment amongst others are available to replay (with presentation downloads) here.

The webcast on Identities and Single Sign on is interesting as it covers Windows Azure Active Directory tenancy and the Graph API that I have mentioned before.

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On multi-forest AD the presentation indicates:

Multi-forest AD support is available through Microsoft-led deployments
Multi-forest DirSync appliance supports multiple dis-joint account forests
FIM 2010 Office 365 connector supports complex multi-forest topologies

If you find that presentation relevant then you might also want to check out the session from TechEd 2012 on Office 365 Identity Federation Technology Deep-Dive.

If you are responsible for the on-premise Active Directory that synchronizes to Office 365 using DirSync then you might want to look at the IdFix DirSync Error Remediation tool for object and attribute  sanitization.