Identity Masterclass with John Craddock

Identity Masterclass with John Craddock

The course was exactly what I needed and exceeded my expectations. A five star course!

Jaakko L, Systems Specialist, Finland. 2019

Live Instructor-Led Course

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£3295 / $4350 / €3625

Course code: A639

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Learn everything you need to know to integrate applications into Microsoft cloud and on-premises environments using modern and legacy authentication methods.

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Who is John Craddock’s Microsoft Identity Masterclass for?

The 5-day Microsoft Identity Masterclass is for those who wish to learn how identity solutions offered by Azure Active Directory, on-premises AD FS and AD can help you build identity systems for the future.

What will I learn?

The Microsoft Identity Masterclass with John Craddock dives deep into:

  • Authentication protocols and associated trouble-shooting
  • Managing Azure AD using the portals, PowerShell and graph APIs
  • Hybrid considerations including web app proxy, pass-through authentication and AD FS
  • Working with SaaS, WS-federation, OAuth2.0 apps, and supporting WIA apps in a claims environment
  • Enabling B2B and B2C

Application developers who are tasked with integrating authentication and authorization with Microsoft Azure and/or on-premises AD FS will greatly benefit from the detailed coverage. Code development is not included in the class, but you will learn about all of the configuration requirements.

About John Craddock’s Identity Masterclass

The Identity Masterclass is a high-energy, action-packed deep dive into Microsoft Azure AD, crammed with solid information and tips. John will help build your knowledge and consolidate your new skills with more than 37 hands-on labs. See the course outline for what you’ll learn.

Hands-on labs

Through the extensive use of hands-on labs, attendees will learn fundamentals and principles, and how to deploy and troubleshoot solutions. In-depth knowledge will be gained through the use of tools such as Fiddler, to analyze and understand the protocol flows.

The hands-on labs are all run in a cloud-based virtual environment that will be available to you for 60 days after the course is completed. This will allow you to do the labs again and test out other ideas.


To gain the maximum from this class and the hands-on labs, you will need hands-on system administrator’s skills. For example, you will need to know how to:

  • Create and manage groups, OUs and group policies in on-premises AD
  • Perform basic server/DC troubleshooting (for example check if a service is running, and restart it)
  • Add a DNS record
  • Add an URL to a browser’s Intranet zone

PLEASE NOTE: The Identity Masterclass can only be attended in person in the classroomWe find that attendees prefer to work with their own laptop (this is partly so that any necessary configuration changes are available after the course), but we can provide a PC if you would rather not.

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Training outcomes

At the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how the identity solutions offered by Azure Active Directory, on-premises AD FS and AD can help you build identity systems for the future using protocols that include OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0
  • Know how to authenticate and provide authorization factors to applications that can be located on-premises or in the cloud. The source of identity of the users could be from your own corporate network, your Azure AD domain, a partner organization and/or a social identity provider such as Facebook or Google.

Post-course, you’ll have:

  • A pdf of the hands-on manual and slides used during the Masterclass
  • 60 days’ access (from the first day of the Masterclass) to 37+ hands-on labs in a cloud-based virtual environment

About John Craddock

John Craddock is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and has been involved in Microsoft solutions since the early days of Windows and Windows NT. John spoke on Active Directory at the Windows 2000 launch events and has focused on identity solutions since the first release of AD FS for Windows Server 2003.

He is an identity and security architect and has been involved in many IT projects for industry leaders including Microsoft, the UK Government and multi-nationals. He is a well-known international speaker, and has delivered this Masterclass to professionals throughout the world.

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This course is available as live instructor-led training in the classroom.

Day 1

After a comprehensive introduction to today’s identity challenges and solutions you will learn the details of the authentication protocols. This in-depth coverage of the protocols will allow you troubleshoot any problems you may encounter when deploying solutions. As we go through the hands-on labs you will be expected to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter.

Day 1 hands-on labs include:

  • Creating an Azure Active Directory
  • Capturing and analysing HTTP/HTTPS sessions using Fiddler
  • Enabling Kerberos on a website
  • Troubleshooting Kerberos network traffic using Wireshark
  • Tracing the WS-federation protocol

Day 2

After completing our investigation of the protocols, you will learn how to configure the Azure Active Directory to meet your requirements. You’ll discover how to manage the Azure AD through the Azure Portal, using PowerShell and the GraphAPIs. After adding custom domains and branding to your Azure AD, you will see how to enhance security and the user experience using role based access control, self-service password resets, MFA and Azure AD Identity Protection.

Day 2 hands-on labs include:

  • Investigating OpenID Connect
  • Adding custom domains to Azure AD
  • Branding your portal
  • Managing Azure AD with PowerShell
  • Using Graph Explorer
  • Scoped role based access control
  • Self-service password resets
  • Enabling Multi-Factor Authentication

Day 3

You will start the day by deploying Azure AD Connect to synchronize on-premises AD users to Azure AD. We will then investigate pass-through authentication and the new SSO capabilities provided by Azure AD Connect. You will learn about the SSO capabilities of Windows 10 when it is joined to Azure AD and how Windows Hello can eliminate the need for passwords.

At this stage, we have a solid identity infrastructure and now it’s time to make applications available to our users.

You will start by deploying a SaaS app to your users; configuring groups, assignments and self-service application management. You will then deploy your own applications into Azure AD using both WS-Federation and OpenID Connect / Oauth2.0.

Day 3 hands-on labs include:

  • Installing and configuring synchronization with Azure AD Connect
  • Investigating pass-through authentication
  • Working with SaaS applications
  • Self-service application management
  • Configuring a WS-Federation App with Azure AD
  • Configuring an Open ID Connect / OAuth 2.0 app with Azure AD

Day 4

The day start by diving deeper into the application model and learning about managing permissions, roles, groups, delegation and consent. You will discover how to turn your application into a multi-tenant app and make it available to all users from all Azure AD tenants. You will the go on to work with the Azure AD Application Proxy to publish applications to the Internet. We will end the day by configuring AD FS and the Web Application Proxy on Server 2016.

Day 4 hands-on labs include:

  • Managing permission roles and groups
  • Defining WebAPI permissions
  • Investigating consent
  • Multi-tenant applications
  • Publishing a claims-aware application with the Azure AD application proxy
  • Publishing an application using Windows Authentication via Kerberos Constrained Delegation
  • Configuring AD FS and the WAP

Day 5

As we now have AD FS operational, the day starts by using Azure AD Connect to establish federated SSO for our on-premises AD users. You will then learn about managing AD FS claims and how to configure an OpenID Connect /OAuth 2.0 application to work with Azure AD. We will then stretch our boundaries and see how Azure AD can open access to consumers (B2C) and businesses (B2B).

Day 5 hands-on labs include:

  • Enabling Federated SSO
  • Installing and configuring an OpenID Connect app on AD FS
  • Managing claims AD FS claims rules
  • Creating a B2C directory
  • Multi-tenant versus federated applications
  • Managing B2B invitations and guest users
  • Taking over an unmanaged tenant

Discover why John Craddock’s Microsoft Identity Masterclass is so highly recommended by students:

Excellent! Had a great time learning all this. Thank you for the extra session on Distributed Identity!

Maarten K, Azure Consultant, Netherlands
John Craddock's Identity Masterclass - live in the classroom, 2019

John is one of the best instructors I have ever known. The content of the course and presentation was spot on!

Spyros R, Cyber Security Manager, UK
John Craddock's Identity Masterclass - live in the classroom, 2019

The course was very well structured. I liked the way that John refreshed concepts that would be used in later modules. Hands on labs were relevant and the pace was good.

Lauren T, Operations Delivery Team Lead, South Africa
John Craddock's Identity Masterclass - live in the classroom, 2019

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