Shahid Roofi Khan

Microsoft Technologies Blog

Power of Two Factor Authentication using Microsoft Identity Manager 2016

Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 can increase the security and reduce help desk calls for password management substantially. It allows integration of authentication infrastructure with SMS gateway so that users mobile device can be used as OTP device for the password reset, unlock requirements. 

The windows environment, becomes latest with the industry trend of using One Time Password that is sent using SMS Messages.

The last organization where we implemented this technology became a great value to the infrastructure.

Never Install SQL Ent or Standard edition. Always use developer edition. Here's why

SQL editions can give you tough times, especially when you have used enterprise edition and later you find you cannot downgrade it to standard edition. Often times this is core requirement from the customer once they renew their Microsoft licenses.

Only edition flexible enough to be downgraded as well as upgraded is the developer edition which works for six months without any issues.

Once this period elapses you have chance to either upgrade to enterprise edition or downgrade the solution.

It will save you lot of wasted deployment hours.

SQL Editions

 source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/install-windows/supported-version-and-edition-upgrades-2017?view=sql-server-2017#-edition-upgrade