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Azure Active Directory

If you’re reading this you likely use Active Directory in your organization.  Active Directory provides authentication services for a network.  In other words, it validates your identity and gives you the ability to access resources on your network or on other connected networks when correctly configured.

There are scenarios when you want to have Active Directory setup in the cloud so external entities can log onto your cloud-based network.  You might want to provide a single-sign-on experience or you may wish to extend your network to the cloud.  There are many reasons to connect AAD with your on-premise Active Directory.  For example – your dev-team wants to use their on-prem AD credentials to access resources in Azure.  What should you do when you have an Active Directory Domain or Forests that you wish to connect to Azure Active Directory?  Microsoft has created a new tool to solve this scenario for you.

Microsoft has created a new tool called “Azure Active Directory Connect.”  It was released several months ago in Preview and they are continuing to add new features to make it as robust as possible.  Azure Active Directory Connect is ‘new’ because Microsoft has now integrated the functionality of DirSync and AAD Sync with Azure Active Directory Connect, and they’ve worked to make it as easy to use as possible.

Azure Active Directory Connect is a wizard that guides you through the process of connecting your on-premise Active Directory with AAD.  It takes 4 clicks to get connected (which seems pretty straight-forward to me!). As I mentioned earlier, like Visual Studio Online, this tool is being updated frequently and they take your feedback and input seriously.

Let us know how this tool works for you.  We’re excited to see all the new tools being released for Azure and your feedback helps us better understand how we can support you!

You can click here to get Azure Active Directory Connect.

And you can check out Alex Simon’s blog here.  He’s the Director of Program Management for Microsofts Identity and security services division and oversees the tool.

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