Author: nrogoff

How to connect to an AD Domain Secured SQL Server from a non-domain PC

The following are instructions for setting up a connection to an Active Directory (AD) Domain secured SQL Server using either SQL Server Management Studio or Visual Studio. This is especially applicable when not using a domain attached PC.

Step-by-step guide

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Location of your SQL Templates and how to take them with you

If you have started to create a good collection of you own SQL Templates and snippets, then you may want to copy or share them from PC to PC or from user account to user account.

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Creating developer certificates and starting Angular 4 for SSL on Windows

If you’re a developer on Windows or a.Net developer getting to grips with Angular the steps outlined will create the various certificates and get local Angular 4 running under SSL.

The main steps are as follows and you will need to have installed makecert.exe and openSSL. For us Windows users the easiest way to get OpenSSL is to use one of the binaries installer listed here https://wiki.openssl.org/index.php/Binaries Continue reading “Creating developer certificates and starting Angular 4 for SSL on Windows”

Azure Active Directory – How to give a Registered Application an AD Directory Administrative Role

By default a ‘Registered Application’ account is not a member of any Directory Roles and/or group memberships and there is no easy way to make these changes using the portal. You may have an API or back-end application that will be required to perform actions on your AD that requires elevated permissions (e.g. Reset passwords or delete accounts etc..)

Normally for advanced configuration, you will need to start editing the manifest file. Luckily this has been made easy using the Portal. You can now edit the file directly, or download, make changes and then upload.

However, to make a ‘Registered Application’ a member of a ‘Directory Administrative Role’ you need to use PowerShell to add the role member to the ‘Service Principal’ (as I couldn’t find a way to do this in the manifest!).

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Azure Active Directory Graph API Wrapper to help make it a bit easier!

I have recently been trying to program against the Azure Active Directory (AAD) using the Microsoft.Azure.ActiveDirectory.GraphClient library. Unfortunately this library literally has no useful comments to assist understanding  or clarify parameters etc.. Let alone how best to use or implement objects and methods or what and why exception may occur.

Equally the MSDN documentation seems to be lacking in any examples and really has minimal comments (although I see it’s getting a bit better…I think).

To this end I have created a ‘wrapper / handler’ to simplify all sorts of AAD interactions called AADGraphHandler. It effectively will help manage the creation of the ActiveDirectoryClient and a bunch of it’s operations. You can find this on GitHub at https://github.com/nrogoff/AADGraphHandler

You can get access to the ActiveDirectoryClient directly, and so any methods not covered yet. (e.g. Adding and removing roles to a user. Just not needed it yet!)

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