Azure Active Directory (AD) comes up in virtually all cloud conversation that I have with clients these days, which is to be expected given the dependency Microsoft online services have on Azure AD. What I do find though is that I spend more time than I expect explaining Azure AD and what you do/don’t get with it.
Microsoft describes Azure AD as “a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups and help secure access to on-premises and cloud applications including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications.”
If you have invested in, or planning to invest in, Azure or Office 365, then you’ll need to be familiar with Azure AD. Azure AD enables organizations to leverage their on-premises Active Directory to gain identity and access management in the cloud. Effectively, users can use their Active Directory credentials to sign on to applications in the cloud, including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and Azure, as well as over 2,400 pre-integrated SaaS applications. Additionally, Azure AD enables organizations to use the cloud to provide self-service capabilities. For example, you can allow users to reset their password through the Office 365 portal, and that password reset will be written back to your on-premises Active Directory. These are the most common functions that organizations use Azure AD for. However, there are many more features in Azure AD that organizations get access to.
It’s important to note that Azure AD comes in three editions – Free, Basic, and Premium. The features vary between editions… Read More