Active Directory

Microsoft Warning: FoggyWeb Malware Targets Active Directory FS Servers

Arraya Insights| November 16, 2021

Cyber-crime has dangerously increased in recent years. Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the average ransomware demand increased from $5,000 in 2018 to $200,000 in 2020. This year, we saw the largest ever ransomware payout by an insurance company at $40 million. The onslaught of cyber-attacks continues to evolve with recent strikes on global IT chains […]

Digital Transformation in 2017

Arraya Insights| December 28, 2016

I started at Arraya in 2015, finding myself becoming a consultant and leaving IT for the first time in 16 years. In the interview, I asked what the next thing beyond Office 365 was. The context was that, eventually, companies will be moved to Office 365 and that work will dry up. The answer I […]

Don’t Bother Managing Passwords in Azure AD

Arraya Insights| December 22, 2016

It’s a simple concept, right? You want people to be able to work from anywhere, while securely authenticating them to resources both internal and in the cloud and not storing passwords in a cloud service. You want to do all of that without creating new headaches for IT. It’s a common goal for many organizations, […]

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Overcoming an All-Too Common M&A AD Integration Hiccup

Arraya Insights| September 29, 2016

Mergers and acquisitions can be tough for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is all of the moving pieces on the IT side. At Arraya, we’ve steered many companies and IT teams through these engagements. Over the years, we’ve learned plenty about making the process run more smoothly – including the […]

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Azure AD Connect Update Saves Time, Errors During Account Maintenance

Arraya Insights| August 18, 2016

A move to Microsoft’s Office 365 is supposed to make IT’s workload easier to manage – and that’s usually exactly what it does. However, there was one inefficiency the cloud solution was previously unable to correct. As soon as Microsoft released a pair of new features in Azure AD Connect that seemed to address this, […]

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Fallout from New Microsoft Security Patch - and How to Fix it

Arraya Insights| July 6, 2016

A new security patch from Microsoft could carry frustrating side effects for IT teams who apply it. The patch, identified as MS16-072, secures machines against “man-in-the-middle” attacks. In the process of doing that, however, it may cause issues with an organization’s Group Policy settings and how they’re applied. With the MS16-072 update, Microsoft purposefully changed […]

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What Okta’s Insight Into the Cloud Tells Us About Microsoft

Arraya Insights| April 4, 2016

In case you aren’t familiar with Okta, it front ends SaaS based applications with a single point of login. This is very similar to a Microsoft product called Azure Active Directory Premium, which has an App Panel for the same functionality. The one advantage that Okta has is that it likely has a more robust […]

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Unescorted Cloud Migration – The First Azure Workload

Arraya Insights| March 18, 2016

I first heard the term “Unescorted Cloud Migration” from our VP of Enterprise Infrastructure, Ryan Benner. It instantly sparked a number of ideas and clicked several things in my mind around challenges I see customers having in adopting cloud solutions. This article is the first part of an ongoing series around different scenarios where Arraya […]

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Achieving Full Value from the Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft OMS

Arraya Insights| December 1, 2015

Moving to a hybrid cloud model is becoming an increasingly popular point of discussion for organizations across all industries. Once that model is up and running, it isn’t always clear what needs to be done to fully optimize it. This leaves organizations at risk of shortchanging themselves in terms of the benefits they should be […]

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M&A Made Easier: Uniting Your Core Microsoft Technologies

Arraya Insights| November 24, 2015

There are few things which can test the mettle of an IT leader quite like a merger or acquisition. Uniting two, usually radically different, IT environments under the same corporate banner requires a tremendous commitment of time and resources to complete. That’s not even taking into consideration the fact that stiff government and industry regulations […]

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