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February 2021 update of the Azure AD Conditional Access demystified whitepaper and workflow cheat sheet.

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Kenneth van Surksumhttps://www.vansurksum.com/
I started my career in 1995 as a System Engineer in the broadcast industry, building and maintaining video editing suites and television studio's and later specializing in Telecine equipment. In 1998 I switched to a first line support function within the Information Technlogy on the dealing room of a large bank, working my way up to a 3rd line support engineer. From this position i started to work on projects, which eventually resulted in projects where I worked across the border. In this period I implemented and designed several deployment solutions for mass rollout of workstations, laptops and servers. Since 2009 I switched to a consultancy function mainly focusing on but not limited to System Center design and implementation projects, besides that I became a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and currently teach System Center Related Classes (SCCM, SCOM and SCSM). In Januari 2010 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise Setup & Deployment which was extended in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 and 2014 I was awarded the VMware vExpert award. In october 2014 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (SCCDM).

I’m proud to announce the February 2021 update of my Conditional Access demystified whitepaper. With this release, we have reached the third iteration of the whitepaper starting with the first one released in August 2019 after writing several blogposts on the subject. In May last year I released the second version containing a lot of updates.

The paper has had a major update, including all information from the blogposts I’ve written about the subject since then. The paper therefore has grown to 77 pages at this point in time, for reference the May 2020 version contained 30 pages.

You can download the paper from my GitHub page here: Conditional Access demystified-v1.2 – February 2021.pdf

In this version I added the following updates:

The workflow cheat sheet has been updated to reflect the current status of the Conditional Access policies. With the workflow I want to provide IT pro’s with a handy cheat sheet which they can use while building or troubleshooting conditional access policies. If you print the cheat sheet or display it on a secondary monitor it can be quite handy and I use it all the time. 

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The workflow cheat sheet is available seperately for download from my GitHub page here: Conditional Access Workflow – v1.2.pdf

I’ve included my recommended set of conditional access policies. The reasoning behind the policies is described, and I will detail each policy which needs to be created. Also a reference to a spreadsheet is included, containing all the necessary settings in the Conditional Access policy: Conditional Access Policy Description-v1.2.xlsx

See: Conditional Access demystified: My recommended default set of policies for my blogpost on this subject.

I also added lots of other information like:

  • Functional design of Conditional Access
  • Browser restrictions and configuration when using Conditional Access
  • Understanding and governing reauthentication settings in Azure Active Directory
  • And much more..

I hope you enjoy reading the paper and that it helps you to setup Conditional Access for the tenant(s) you are administering. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or remarks.

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