A review from a user who was using Microsoft Active directory from 2003.
May 01, 2022

A review from a user who was using Microsoft Active directory from 2003.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Azure Active Directory

An active directory is like the number one must-have software that any organization should have if they are using windows based operating system. With windows operating system, Azure active directory is "the" go to software that any organization should invest in. Azure active directory comes from their original on premise active directory software so the program has years of experience on the field. I started using windows active directory back in 2003 and when azure active directory service came on it was a no brainer decision to migrate from on-premise solution to cloud. The product primarily address user authentication, file sharing, Document management (Share point) Office tools access like MS suite etc. We cannot work without an active directory in this day and age where hybrid and remote work is the preferred solution. The software also tightly integrates with almost all business ERP solutions like SAP, Oracle MS Sql etc. So you don’t need to maintain a third party tool for access control to these software’s. They also work with your exchange services so that it makes our onboarding of new users a breeze.
  • integrates with third-party authentication tools like OKTA and ping. This brings MFA functionality to your organization. The integration is quite simple to do.
  • This can be used to control access to your networking devices like your on-premise routers and switches if needed.
  • The access control policies are very vast. So you can set each department in your organization to each access control policy and their access to resources will be controlled.
  • Documentation - Microsoft really needs to work on their documentation when it comes to doing more complicated tasks like working with API. The official documentation often gets us confused as to how to do certain tasks. We sometimes ended up spending hours trying to figure out how certain tasks are completed.
  • No jammed down version - This is the go-to tool if you are invested in a lot of cloud-based solutions and if you have a lot of resources that need authentication. But for smaller organizations, Microsoft needs to bring packages with smaller features for SMBs with lower rates so that SMBs can come on board.
  • integration with OKTA (MFA).
  • Helps all our employees worldwide log in to our organization. We really like the uptime provided by the service. We never had issues with logging in.
  • The software does generate enough logs and supports sending logs to SIEM tools for analysis for our SOC team. We use Splunk to collect data from azure. The software supports sending data to all major SIEM tools.
  • Single sign-on would be our most positive impact with azure. We just need to log in once for our AD and all the other software will get logged in as well. Earlier we had to keep typing in the password over and over again which was a real pain.
  • MFA integration would be another positive aspect because the rate at which a password can be cracked is mind-blowing. It is always good to have MFA functionality to provide extra security for our organization.
  • We don't need to provide separate access to our ERP software. Our software has native support for azure so that integration works out of the box.
Back in the days when our company was primarily Linux and tiny we used to use free radius from Linux for our basic authentication. We only had around 3-4 Microsoft devices then and a few apple devices. But we outgrew the solution as soon as we started growing. We stuck with Microsoft's active directory from around 2003 when they were on-premise. We don't think we will move anywhere else as everything is maintained by Microsoft so we feel good that we only have to deal with one vendor.

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If you are opening a shop and you need software to get the ball rolling compared to Google. Microsoft is the go-to vendor in my opinion. You can get your active directory services, mail, and collaboration tools like teams and offices from one vendor. Anyone with minimal knowledge of IT can actually configure all of these services to get you up to speed. The product is very versatile so in the future if you would like to have cloud servers and services this product have you covered. As your organization grows you can easily integrate the best MFA solutions with Azure AD to keep your organization safe. This is not the product that you should invest in if your organization does not have that many windows devices. For instance, if your company owns Macs other than products like MS Office, Share Point, etc you don't need to get Azure active directory.

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