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How China is changing our internet

Yesterday I visited the world press photo award exhibition in Zürich. The exhibition displays the best press photos of recent years. It’s mostly about conflicts and rights activism happening all over the world. This time not only pictures where shown, but also videos. One of those videos gave me a lot of thought. It was about how China is changing the internet or already has changed it for its people. A short and concise reportage tells how the internet has developed behind the great firewall. You should definitely watch it, it’s impressive and frightening:
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Adobe Lightroom switch from jpeg raw workflow to single raw

I don’t know since when I started to make photos in jpeg and raw. Also don’t know the reasons for doing that any more.

I’ve made the decision to change my photography workflow from whatever to: take a photo in raw > import it to Adobe Lightroom > processing in Lr > export to specified format > publish for a project.

Last week I decided to drop all jpegs when there’s also a raw file in Adobe Lightroom.
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Change Active Directory User Password Expiration Mode

To change an Active Directory users password expiration mode you can use this PowerShell snippet:

Import-Module ActiveDirectory

Get-ADGroupMember "Group1" -Recursive |
Get-ADUser -Properties PasswordNeverExpires |
where {$_.enabled -eq $true -and $_.PasswordNeverExpires -eq $false} |
select -First 50 | %{

    Write-Host $_.UserPrincipalName
    Set-ADUser $_ -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Latest version of this snippet:

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Handling user password change and expiration issues with Office365 and ADFS – Part 2

This is part two of my experience in handling the password change office365 architecture issue.

Last time I’ve built a simple script  to notificate the users about the status of their passwords. In the mean time we (me and another employ of the “vbl Informatik”) built a simple website for the office365 users to change their password.

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Handling user password change and expiration issues with Office365 and ADFS – Part 1

Recently I’ve setup a Office365 Service with ADFS (Active Directory Federation Service) and a DirSync Server.

Sadly I forgot about a huge disadvantage in this architecture, due to using ADFS as an authentication provider, it’s not possible to change a users password. The communication form the local ActiveDirectory environment to the cloud based Office365 services is only one directional.

That’s why there are only 2 options yet to handle the user password change and expiration:

  1. Disable the users password expiration or
  2. Set up a enterprise connected platform to deal with the password change and expiration.

At this time option 1 is active in my environment and option 2 is my goal.

In this post series want to show you the solution I’ve developed.

Let’s start with password expiration. Because Office365 doesn’t handle password expiration, that’s why I have to use another channel to show the users on which date their passwords expire:  Let’s do it with an bulk e-mail job.

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