This post was originally written by Robert Crane, Microsoft MVP
One of key technologies I tell people, especially resellers and IT Pro to be more aware of is Azure Active Directory. However, many ask where should they start with the product?
The first things to understand is that there are different editions:
- Free – The Free edition of Azure Active Directory is part of every Azure subscription. There is nothing to license and nothing to install. With it, you can manage user accounts, synchronize with on-premises directories, get single sign-on across Azure, Office 365, and thousands of popular SaaS applications like Salesforce, Workday, Concur, DocuSign, Google Apps, Box, ServiceNow, Dropbox, and more.
- Basic – Azure Active Directory Basic edition provides application access and self-service identity management requirements for task workers with cloud-first needs. With the Basic edition of Azure Active Directory, you get all the capabilities that Azure Active Directory Free has to offer, plus group-based access management, self-service password reset for cloud applications, Azure Active Directory application proxy (to publish on-premises web applications using Azure Active Directory), customizable environment for launching enterprise and consumer cloud applications, and an enterprise-level SLA of 99.9 percent uptime.
An administrator with Azure Active Directory Basic edition can also activate an Azure Active Directory Premium trial.
- Premium – With the Premium edition of Azure Active Directory, you get all of the capabilities that the Azure Active Directory Free and Basic editions have to offer, plus additional feature-rich enterprise-level identity management capabilities explained below.
And that obviously the features differ between them as the above table highlights. Theses links point you to the most salient information on Azure AD.
i have written lots of posts on Azure AD, especially how it integrates with Office 365 and you’ll find these at:
I finally get Azure – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/04/i-finally-get-microsoft-azure.html
Great Azure demo [VIDEO] – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/03/great-azure-intro-demo.html
Introduction to Azure [VIDEO] – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/12/introduction-to-azure.html
Sign up for a free Azure demo account – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/10/sign-up-for-free-azure-demo-account.html
Add a custom domain to Azure – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/08/add-custom-domain-to-azure.html
Enabling your Office 365 Azure AD – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/01/enabling-your-office-365-azure-ad.html
Azure AD Connect tools – the basics – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/07/azure-ad-connect-toolthe-basics.html
Azure AD Sync Services tool – the basics – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/06/azure-ad-sync-services-toolthe-basics.html
Configuring an Azure Single Sign On portal – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/02/configuring-azure-sso-portal.html
Creating a single Sign on portal using Azure [VIDEO] – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/03/creating-single-sign-on-portal-using.html
Enabling self-service password resets in Office 365 – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/02/enabling-self-service-password-resets.html
Creating a Domain Controller in Azure – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/07/creating-domain-controller-in-azure.html
Upgrading an Azure virtual machine – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/09/upgrading-azure-virtual-machine.html
Restricting remote access to an Azure virtual machine – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/08/restricting-remote-access-to-azure.html
Azure desktop backup – http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/12/azure-desktop-backup.html
Azure VM backups – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/06/azure-vm-backups.html
Connect Windows 10 to Azure AD – http://blog.ciaops.com/2015/07/connect-windows-10-to-azure-ad.html
So hopefully that gives people enough information to at least get started on the journey of learning Azure AD.
I plan to of course write lots more about Azure AD so stay tuned.