Azure Active Directory (Azure AD):
Everything You Need To Know
October 23, 2020 by Puneet Bansal Leave a Comment
Cloud Technology requires users and groups with proper
Identity, Authentication & Authorization. For this
Azure Cloud provides Azure Active Directory which is
an extension of Active Directory.
A Domain Controller is a server that manages access for
users, PCs, and servers on the network. It is done using
This post covers:
What is Azure AD
Azure AD Concepts
Benefits of using Azure AD
Azure AD Connect
Azure AD Join
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Creating and managing users & groups in Azure
Access to Azure Resources
What Is Azure Active Directory
Active Directory (AD): Active Directory is a database that
provides authentication and authorization to applications,
file services, and other resources in a network.
Azure Active Directory (AAD): If we want to manage
access to the Azure Cloud application and associated
resources then we need Azure AD.
Azure AD is a Microsoft cloud-based identity and access
management service, which helps your employees sign in
and access resources in:
1) External resources, such as Microsoft Office 365, the
Azure portal, and thousands of other SaaS applications.
2) Internal resources, such as apps on your corporate
network and intranet, along with any cloud apps developed
by your own organization.
If we have a traditional on-premise set up with AD and
want to integrate it with Azure AD so that we can manage
access to Cloud application, we can do it easily by using AD
In layman terms, the Azure Active Directory is not an
extension of an on-premises directory. Rather, it’s a copy
that contains the same objects and identities.
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Azure AD Concepts
1) Identity: Anything tha