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Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) solution supporting restricted access to applications with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) built-in, single sign-on (SSO), B2B collaboration controls, self-service password, and integration with Microsoft productivity and cloud storage (Office 365, OneDrive, etc) as well as 3rd party services.Azure Active Directory is the future of users and devices company administrationIn our company, we use Azure AD as a hybrid with Active Directory Federation Services. In this way, we can maintain a coherent structure of all the local users of the company as well as all our remote users. We do it this way since all our office platform is mounted on Office 365. The entire Azure and AD platform is managed by our IT Department.,Centralized administration of users through different locations. Comprehensive OU management through a single interface. Immediate availability of our forest throughout the company. Microsoft integrated security throughout the deployment.,In our case, it requires an AD FS structure which requires extra maintenance. The synchronization sometimes takes too long. We would like to use Azure AD Premium, but its costs are very high.,9,I think the ROI is one of the most remarkable points. Instead of having to invest money in additional hardware and configurations, having all the infrastructure in Microsoft's cloud brings immediate savings in the short and long term Less staff, less hardware, and associated costs are lower It leaves infrastructure and updates to Microsoft, which gives IT staff much more freedom,,Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office 365, Nutanix AHV,140,3If you use Office 365 for email and collaboration, you owe it to yourself to get Azure AD Premium licenses and take your cloud experience to the next level!We use Azure Active Directory organization-wide both internally, and at the vast majority of our clients. Azure AD is used to both complement, and in some situations, replace entirely on-premise Active Directory. It is used for user authentication, both for Microsoft cloud services (Office 365) as well as the Identity Provider for SSO for various other services. Itis the glue that holds together device management via InTune. For clients with on-premise AD, Azure AD Connect keeps Azure AD & on-premise AD in sync, so users only have one password to remember, one multifactor authentication service will work across multiple on-premise and cloud services, and onboarding/offboarding by IT staff is greatly simplified by having just one "account" to control access to.,Sync with on-premise AD via Azure AD Connect app. When it first started out as DirSync, it had major issues with conflicts, but now Connect is reliable, simple to implement and keeps getting new features like. SSO implementation with 3rd party cloud services is excellent. MS even has step by step guides to popular apps/services! InTune integration with Azure AD/Hybrid Azure AD brings domain devices and BYOD devices together under one device management pane of glass.,Azure portal is extremely complex and many things are in areas you wouldn't expect them. Hybrid Azure AD is very confusing to setup and offers very little troubleshooting data to go on. I've found that sometimes on-premise AD passwords stop syncing via Azure AD Connect with no errors but a quick script for a full hash password sync clears it up.,9,Streamlined on/offboarding process for staff, saving time and complexity for IT and HR staff. Simplified user experience by implementing AD sync & SSO. Since it is cloud based, IT staff often playing "catch-up" on training as features are added/removed/changed.,OneLogin,TeamViewer, WatchGuard Network Security, Ubiquiti Networks UniFiA review of Azure Active Directory from an AD admin perspectiveWe use Azure Active Directory to bring our Active Directory to the cloud. That enables us to use a Single Sign On strategy with Office365 and other products, avoiding multiple users/passwords for different services.,Synchronization between on premises AD and Azure AD. Ease of management thru its web interface.,Problems when allowing users to change their password using the web interface. Sometimes it's hard to configure the synchronization between the on premises AD and Azure.,10,We had to either implement Azure AD or duplicate the workload of our IT team, it was a no brainer. Azure AD, at least the version we use, is included with our Office365 licenses, so no additional licensing needed.,Windows Server, IBM AC922, IBM AIX, IBM PowerVMMicrosoft AzureAzure Active Directory helps us to secure our organization’s resources. We purchased a stand-alone application and integrated with Office 365 and another tool from Microsoft. Also, we use a cloud-based solution from Microsoft that is integrating well with Azure Active Directory. With this solution, we manage our user group and have implemented single sign-on authentication and Multi-Factor Authentication.,Integration with other tools, especially from Microsoft. MFA Authentication works very well. Usage reports are very intuitive. The solution is the best identity management that we have used ever.,Sometimes the solution runs slowly. Documentation can be more complete. The rich functionality assumes some complexity of implementation -- but that is not necessarily bad.,10,Manage our users. Assure security with Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication. Maintaining a consistent and secure SSO structure. Maintain a heterogeneous environment.,,McAfee Complete Data Protection, DPS Outlook Office, Microsoft 365 BusinessAzure Active Directory is a strong choice for Microsoft-friendly companiesAzure Active Directory is being used in our organization as a centralized place to grant access to both our Office 365 cloud resources and our on-site computer login resources. We use it to create new user profiles, reset passwords, monitor and audit sign-ins, control user settings and permissions, and create groups.,Creating new users, new guest users, and assigning licenses is simple and quick. Auditing user activity is powerful and user-friendly. The only downside is that the log reporting tool only goes back 30 days. Azure AD Connect allows for fast and simple syncing. It also monitors the sync status and will alert you if there an issue with the sync. The pricing is competitive and nonprofit discounts are available.,Configuring Multi-Factor Authentication is confusing and not streamlined. Microsoft even says, "There are many ways of deploying MFA with Azure AD." I wish they would simplify the process, as it requires a lot of time and research to use MFA properly. There are too many user and administration roles. Instead of 20+ role options, I wish Azure AD would reduce it to the five most common and allow the creation of custom roles, as needed.,7,With several pricing tiers provided by Microsoft, it's easy to find the right solution for you and to ensure you're not overpaying for features you do not need. The analysis and reporting tools in Azure AD exist, but are a bit limited, which could have a negative impact on larger companies looking to closely monitor their user's activity. Overall, Azure Active Directory has saved us time and resources when creating and managing new employee accounts.,TeamCity, RealZips GeoData Platform for Salesforce.com, Slack
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July 29, 2019

Azure Active Directory is the future of users and devices company administration

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In our company, we use Azure AD as a hybrid with Active Directory Federation Services. In this way, we can maintain a coherent structure of all the local users of the company as well as all our remote users. We do it this way since all our office platform is mounted on Office 365. The entire Azure and AD platform is managed by our IT Department.
  • Centralized administration of users through different locations.
  • Comprehensive OU management through a single interface.
  • Immediate availability of our forest throughout the company.
  • Microsoft integrated security throughout the deployment.
  • In our case, it requires an AD FS structure which requires extra maintenance.
  • The synchronization sometimes takes too long.
  • We would like to use Azure AD Premium, but its costs are very high.
It is appropriate in most cases. As I mentioned earlier, it allows us to have global availability of our AD, while allowing to centralize all operations within the IT department. We can manage users, printers, and GPOs in the cloud easily. For cases where the implementations are wide, I think it is a fundamental requirement. I could say that maybe it is not appropriate for small organizations, but even for those cases, I think it also applies, since it eliminates infrastructure costs and allows you to keep everything in the Microsoft cloud. There are no cases that do not involve analysis or use.
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July 11, 2019

If you use Office 365 for email and collaboration, you owe it to yourself to get Azure AD Premium licenses and take your cloud experience to the next level!

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Azure Active Directory organization-wide both internally, and at the vast majority of our clients. Azure AD is used to both complement, and in some situations, replace entirely on-premise Active Directory. It is used for user authentication, both for Microsoft cloud services (Office 365) as well as the Identity Provider for SSO for various other services. Itis the glue that holds together device management via InTune. For clients with on-premise AD, Azure AD Connect keeps Azure AD & on-premise AD in sync, so users only have one password to remember, one multifactor authentication service will work across multiple on-premise and cloud services, and onboarding/offboarding by IT staff is greatly simplified by having just one "account" to control access to.
  • Sync with on-premise AD via Azure AD Connect app. When it first started out as DirSync, it had major issues with conflicts, but now Connect is reliable, simple to implement and keeps getting new features like.
  • SSO implementation with 3rd party cloud services is excellent. MS even has step by step guides to popular apps/services!
  • InTune integration with Azure AD/Hybrid Azure AD brings domain devices and BYOD devices together under one device management pane of glass.
  • Azure portal is extremely complex and many things are in areas you wouldn't expect them.
  • Hybrid Azure AD is very confusing to setup and offers very little troubleshooting data to go on.
  • I've found that sometimes on-premise AD passwords stop syncing via Azure AD Connect with no errors but a quick script for a full hash password sync clears it up.
If an organization is using Office 365 for email, collaboration, etc, there is no reason NOT to use AzureAD (they already are, to be precise). With appropriate Azure AD licenses, they can leverage those accounts to setup Single Sign-on with any other cloud providers they might be using. Additionally, if they have an on-premise active directory, they can sync those accounts with their Azure AD accounts, and potentially have one login for their on-premise computers, Office 365, and cloud services, protected with multifactor authentication. If an organization lives in the Google ecosystem, Azure AD most likely is not a good fit as Google can provide similar functionality via GSuite (although in my experience, much less robust).
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July 05, 2019

A review of Azure Active Directory from an AD admin perspective

Score 10 out of 10
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We use Azure Active Directory to bring our Active Directory to the cloud. That enables us to use a Single Sign On strategy with Office365 and other products, avoiding multiple users/passwords for different services.
  • Synchronization between on premises AD and Azure AD.
  • Ease of management thru its web interface.
  • Problems when allowing users to change their password using the web interface.
  • Sometimes it's hard to configure the synchronization between the on premises AD and Azure.
If you have a cloud-based infrastructure, for example, Office365, you might want to use your already existing AD infrastructure. Azure AD helps with that and brings AD to the cloud, where you can use it for identity management in a variety of applications. You keep managing your users with your established workflows, but add the cloud to that.
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May 24, 2019

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Score 10 out of 10
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Azure Active Directory helps us to secure our organization’s resources. We purchased a stand-alone application and integrated with Office 365 and another tool from Microsoft. Also, we use a cloud-based solution from Microsoft that is integrating well with Azure Active Directory. With this solution, we manage our user group and have implemented single sign-on authentication and Multi-Factor Authentication.
  • Integration with other tools, especially from Microsoft.
  • MFA Authentication works very well.
  • Usage reports are very intuitive.
  • The solution is the best identity management that we have used ever.
  • Sometimes the solution runs slowly.
  • Documentation can be more complete.
  • The rich functionality assumes some complexity of implementation -- but that is not necessarily bad.
We recommend, with trust, Azure Active Directory. A mature solution to manage users and grant access to company resources. Very good integrations and easy management. Easy to update and migrate. Single sign-on, modern authentication, and Multi-Factor Authentication are must-haves that all small and big companies should implement.
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December 01, 2018

Azure Active Directory is a strong choice for Microsoft-friendly companies

Score 7 out of 10
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Azure Active Directory is being used in our organization as a centralized place to grant access to both our Office 365 cloud resources and our on-site computer login resources. We use it to create new user profiles, reset passwords, monitor and audit sign-ins, control user settings and permissions, and create groups.
  • Creating new users, new guest users, and assigning licenses is simple and quick.
  • Auditing user activity is powerful and user-friendly. The only downside is that the log reporting tool only goes back 30 days.
  • Azure AD Connect allows for fast and simple syncing. It also monitors the sync status and will alert you if there an issue with the sync.
  • The pricing is competitive and nonprofit discounts are available.
  • Configuring Multi-Factor Authentication is confusing and not streamlined. Microsoft even says, "There are many ways of deploying MFA with Azure AD." I wish they would simplify the process, as it requires a lot of time and research to use MFA properly.
  • There are too many user and administration roles. Instead of 20+ role options, I wish Azure AD would reduce it to the five most common and allow the creation of custom roles, as needed.
Azure Active Directory is well suited for organizations that use Office 365 and/or a Windows server Active Directory because the syncing and integration is strong between the different Microsoft products. If your organization is not already using Microsoft, then Azure Active Directory may be too complicated for most start-ups or small businesses.
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Azure AD Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

ID-Management Access Control (4)
9.8
ID Management Single-Sign On (SSO) (4)
10.0
Multi-Factor Authentication (4)
8.5
Password Management (4)
8.5
Account Provisioning and De-provisioning (4)
9.0
ID Management Workflow Automation (4)
8.7
ID Risk Management (4)
9.2

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) solution supporting restricted access to applications with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) built-in, single sign-on (SSO), B2B collaboration controls, self-service password, and integration with Microsoft productivity and cloud storage (Office 365, OneDrive, etc) as well as 3rd party services.

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