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Azure AD Editions feature comparison


Dec, 15

Azure AD Editions feature comparison

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.

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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.

Azure Active Directory features and capabilities

Azure Active Directory editions

Azure Active Directory editions

Azure Active Directory pricing

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.

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