Service News Category: Microsoft Infrastructure

  • The UW Microsoft sign in experience is changing

    May 13, 2021

    Over the next month, your Microsoft sign in experience for the UW will change to be simpler while remaining secure. Check out the new experience rolling out next month.  If you encounter an error when you sign in to Microsoft on June 17, check out the troubleshooting guide to learn what to do. General communication about this change is being sent via UW Insider and IT Connect News for Students newsletters, with more technical information planned for Computing Directors, techsupport…

  • 2017 October: Ask the MI team

    October 18, 2017

      Here’s a slide deck for an event hosted by the Microsoft Technology community. askTheMiTeam  

  • SMBv1 disabled on NETID domain controllers

    October 4, 2017

    We disabled SMBv1 on all domain controllers for the NETID Windows domain. Over the past couple months, we reached out to customers with resolvable client hostnames which were using SMBv1 to connect to the NETID domain controllers to let them know about this planned change. For somewhat obvious reasons, we didn’t want to publicize that we were still supporting a vulnerable protocol, which is why this change notification is happening after the fact. What and When The SMBv1 protocol was…

  • NETID domain controller upgrades: 8/2 – 8/28/2017

    July 21, 2017

    Several changes are planned for the NETID domain service. What: All NETID domain controllers (DCs) will be replaced with new servers running Windows Server 2016. An additional design change will happen during this process of relying on InCommon CA issued certificates for LDAPS access, replacing the existing design that leverages UW CA issued certificates. When: 8/2/2017: First new WS2016 DC promoted 8/7 – 8/9/2017: 4 new WS2016 DCs promoted and 4 existing WS2012R2 DCs demoted, handled in a +1 new…

  • 2017 April

    April 21, 2017

    Here’s our semi-annual newsletter update on recent happenings with the Microsoft Infrastructure.   ==== New Capabilities and Improvements ====   * Self-service Entra ID application identities. On 2/15/2017, we enabled UW users to create and integrate Entra ID application identities. This provides an easy way for developers to integrate with UW identities, but also allows a variety of 3rd party applications to easily be integrated. Users are advised to carefully evaluate the risk of application integrations. This new capability also…

  • LAPS – Local Administrator Password Solution

    A new capability is available to delegated OU customers.   What and When: As of yesterday, a new capability is available allowing automated management of a Windows computer local admin password. This includes delegated password escrow.   What you need to do: Use of this capability is optional and requires you to take action if you want to leverage it   Good management of your computer local admin passwords mitigates a key risk in the Microsoft ecosystem. This mitigation reduces…

  • Consistent group naming in Microsoft Infrastructure services

    April 10, 2017

    A change in how group names are populated will occur to ensure a more consistent user experience across service interfaces which leverage Microsoft Infrastructure (MI).   What and When: On April 26th, we’ll be making a couple changes related to group naming in Microsoft Infrastructure (MI). These changes may take as much as a day to propagate to all interfaces.   Some application interfaces that leverage MI for groups use the ‘display name’ value and others use the ‘identifier’ value…

  • Delegated OU role group changes

    March 29, 2017

    The role groups for delegated OUs will be changing. Delegated OU role groups are those groups which Microsoft Infrastructure provides to delegate permissions in your delegated OU.   What and When: Later today March 29th, 2017, there will be two changes to the delegated OU role groups.   First, all delegated OU role groups will be moving to a new stem. They will move from the u_windowsinfrastructure stem to the u_msinf_delou stem. This is being done to reflect the service…

  • Microsoft LAPS schema and permission changes

    March 28, 2017

    The NETID Active Directory will have minor changes to set the stage to add support for LAPS, a Microsoft provided capability, for delegated OU customers.   What and When: On Friday March 31, 2017, the Microsoft Infrastructure (MI) team will be making a change to the NETID domain in preparation to implement Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS).    The first change is a schema updates to allow two additional attributes on computer objects in the domain.   The second…

  • Microsoft Infrastructure to add Preferred Name data: 3/1/2017

    February 17, 2017

    The Microsoft Infrastructure service will add the Preferred Name data source to its existing identity data.   What and When   On Wednesday March 1 2017, Microsoft Infrastructure will replace its existing identity data agent with a new one. The new system will add the Preferred Name data source to the existing name algorithm, giving Preferred Name preference over other data sources. We will also drop our specialized character casing for non-personal UW NetIDs like Shared UW NetIDs. These changes…