Category: Azure

Azure 3rd party firewalls and VPN

A lot of customers on Azure want to use the 3rd party firewalls that are available in the Azure Marketplace. But when it comes to Site2Site VPN connections, sometimes it doesn’t work as expected. Especially when using different vendors on-premises.. Why? let’s find out…

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Azure for the Enterprise

Congratulations!, you got your Enterprise Agreement enhanced with Azure!, now what’s next, you got activation emails and you want subscriptions, but who manages subscriptions? what if the company is rather complex and you don’t want the IT admin in charge of all subscriptions let alone view the company global spending on Azure services? In short, what about the Enterprise Governance on Azure in an EA enrollment?

Apart from each service on the cloud to follow a governance and security model, it is vital that the “cloud” entry points also follow a governance model as determined by the company. After all, while cloud can encompass many services, itself is a service too that generates invoices which need to be controlled to avoid abuse and to ensure oversight is added. In this chapter, we describe the Azure model with regards to governance..

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ImmutableID – mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid – ADConnect

The good thing about new software is that bugs and ‘features’ are removed.. the bad is that sometimes what ever you have blogged about makes either no sense, or even worse it only applies half to it from that point on.

So as AADSync was replaced by AD Connect, I got emails about the configuration of the mD-DS-ConsistencyGuid configuration in AD Connect not correctly working anymore. So, in order to relieve me from those email (you can still send them no worries) but more to make everyone aware of how this works in AD Connect (tested version 1.1.189.0); part two of the mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid as the immutable ID.

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ADFS on Azure

Azure Active Directory and thus any relying party on that service (such as Office 365) has two different modes for (your) custom domains that are added to it. Managed and Federated. Managed means that the authentication happens against the Azure Active Directory. The password (-hashes) of the user accounts are in Azure AD and no connection to any (on-premises) Active Directory Domain is made.

Managed domains have the advantage that you don’t require any additional infrastructure, and setting up the identities for logging on to Office 365 for example, is fairly easy. However, it does not support any Single-Sign-On which most companies do want. That is why AAD also supports Federated domains, in this case the authentication for a user happens against the corporate (on-premises) Active Directory through a service called ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services). More information on federated versus managed can be found on the Kloud blog (https://blog.kloud.com.au/2013/06/05/office-365-to-federate-or-not-to-federate-that-is-the-question/)

In this article we are going to take a look at how the federation service can be hosted in Azure (and possibly also on-premises) and what the architectures might look like.

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ImmutableID – mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid – AADSync

Paul Williams talked in his blog about using another attribute from on-premises Ad’s to act as the ImmutableID for Azure Active Directory (http://blog.msresource.net/2014/03/10/windows-azure-active-directory-connector-part-3-immutable-id/)

While making a very detailed blog entry on why and which attribute to choose, there wasn’t a guide on how to make this work in AADSync.

So a recent project got me thinking about this. In this particular scenario there is already a forest (1 domain) using DirSync to replicate their users to AAD, and the requirement is to prepare for an AD migration, while also adding other users to the same AAD tenant. As usual, user objects might be duplicate between the two forests and we want to use the mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid attribute to be the immutableID.

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Azure Networking S2S + P2S

In a previous post we looked at the ability of creating a Site-2-Site connection from Checkpoint to Azure using a Dynamic Gateway. In this post, we look at client-dialup (VPN) into the Azure network and establish routing between all the sites involved.

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Web Application Proxy – on Azure

The Azure AD Application Proxy is a new feature available in Azure WAAD Premium. It allows administrators to securely publish internal websites using Azure’s technology. By using this, it will allow customers to make use of enterprise class hardware in their reverse proxy solutions protecting against DDOS attacks and many more other things. In this post we will look at a simple setup on how this would work.

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Azure VPN with Checkpoint FW

In this post, how to configure a Site2Site VPN connecting using a Checkpoint firewall.

While http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133795.aspx tells you how to create the Site2Site VPN, the firewall part only covers Juniper or Cisco appliances. As I do not own such a device, I got to work on the Checkpoint together with Syed Pasha.

Below the network overview…

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