Explore how Azure AD provides cloud-based identity and security that builds trust and reliability in the cloud. This includes an overview of Azure AD and available versions.
- In this chapter, we'll be exploring Azure Active Directory. This will include comparing Azure AD and on-premises active directory, hybrid scenarios, and how to migrate the cloud. Azure Active Directory, or Azure AD, is a cloud-based identity management service from Microsoft. Azure AD is the directory service that acts like a glue that connects many different cloud services together. It's used to manage sign-ins and identities for users and devices, allowing them to access resources and services. End users and devices need to be authenticated to get access to get resources and applications hosted in the cloud. Azure AD is the management lair that provides this functionality. It sits between the user or device and the resource, and contains a simple database of users and devices together with their associated permissions. Azure AD provides single sign-on, or SSO, which allows users to only use one username and password to access all cloud services to which they have been granted access. This can be external services, such as Office 365, Twitter, and Instagram. Or an internal service, such as a corporate cloud-based app. There are four different versions of Azure Active Directory, as shown in the table. These include free, basic, premium one, and premium two, referred to as P1 or P2. If you have an Enterprise subscription, for example, Microsoft 365 Enterprise, you will either get Azure AD P1 or P2. The free and basic versions are included with Home or small business subscriptions. The version offered will depend on your subscription level. However, you can always upgrade. For more information, use the URL on screen. On this page, you can see more information related to the pricing of Azure AD. Within your Microsoft 365 subscription you can view Azure Active Directory from within the admin center. Under admin centers, click Azure Active Directory. This launches the Azure Active Directory blade within Azure. From the portal, I can then manage my users, groups, relationships, and many more features. The career skills learned in this section are you now understand Azure Active Directory, the services it provides, and you should be able to review the different levels of Azure AD and be able to choose the most appropriate version for your organization.
- Defining cloud computing
- Identifying the benefits of the cloud
- Exploring Azure Active Directory
- Managing mobile devices, data, and applications
- Exploring Microsoft 365
- Choosing a cloud service provider
- Learning Windows PowerShell
- Skills and certifications for a cloud career