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Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups and help secure access to applications including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Charles S.
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"not just another microsoft application it's so much more"

What do you like best?

the active directory feature in the cloud, being able to add users to the cloud so they get a microsoft account and a active directory account, everything is connected together.

What do you dislike?

using azure there are loads of features out there but they are costly features, alot of these features would be massive game changers for our company if they were cheaper or free but I guess that business.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you want to move everything to the cloud I would, yes some of the extras aren't the cheapest but it's brilliant to change from the local on prem to the new cloud solution

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cloud solutions has been a big apart of our future growth of the company, we wanted to be able to link everything from our Active directory to our emails so it's act as a SSO, this has been brilliant to manage with azure AD and office 365

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Raj k.
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"Azure Active Directory - For your Identity and Access Management on the cloud."

What do you like best?

The best thing about Azure Active Directory is the Self service password reset/change/unlock, 2 Factor Authentication, Azure AD for BYOD, These features are most used in our IT environment.

What do you dislike?

The traditional AD used LDAP and has other security and group policies however Azure AD uses REST which is intended for running apps on Software as a Service (SaaS cloud) and to provide Identity Management services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is big step for large organizations to jump on to the Azure AD train however companies really looking forward for cloud options can start with the hybrid model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure AD offers single sign on (SSO) for the users which is a very useful feature while accessing external resources like MS Office and other SAAS applications.We have the Premium P2 version which give a lot of customization and scalability options. We are using the hybrid option and have connected the On-premise AD DS environment with Cloud AAD Connect hence the output gives the best of both of them.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by aarti g.
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"Azure Active Directory - Efficiently manage Identity And Access Management On The Cloud"

What do you like best?

The ability to perform Self service password reset/change/unlock is a very useful feature.

Multi factor Authentication is the need of today which is available in Azure AD.

It offers enough flexibility by Azure AD for BYODs.

What do you dislike?

The traditional AD used LDAP and has other security and group policies however Azure AD uses REST which is intended for ruuning apps on Software as a Service (SaaS cloud) and to provide Identity Management services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The product has a lot of advantages however moving to Cloud AD is a huge step. People should perform enough testing in their environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Premium P2 version which gives a lot of customization and scalability options .

We are using the hybrid option and have connected the On-premise AD DS environment with Cloud AAD Connect hence the output gives the best of both of them.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Christopher T.
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"Easy Implementation. Best Bang For Your Buck If You Are A Pure Cloud Player."

What do you like best?

1. Conditional Access Policy. Integration with Intune for MDM and MAM. 2. Azure B2B for External Users access to Microsoft and non Microsoft applications 3. Passwordless Authentication roadmap

What do you dislike?

Documentation is all over the place and incomplete. Microsoft Support is not structured well to arrive at fast resolutions. There is a huge gap between what is being promoted in Ignite and what is currently available. Technology Roadmap visibility can be a lot better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you own the license, implement it right away. It will give you several opportunities for software consolidation and eliminate on-premise identity infrastructure foot print. It offers significant user experience benefits too.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure AD Technology is rock solid and has several competent features like integration with MDM solutions, MFA solutions, passwordless technologies and defender ATP. It is the best bang for the buck no questions about it. However, it might not meet all your needs especially if you have strong compliance requirements. The best user experience and ease of implementation comes when you use all cloud and all Microsoft products for your Identity and Authentication architecture. Having On-prem AD is still OK.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Anatoly E.
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"The first tool you starting working in Azure"

What do you like best?

Azure AD is powerful identity service that allows management of users for your cloud solutions. You can keep users of Azure and Officce365 in single directory, which makes you free from doin the same work several times. It is easy to control user permissions using RBAC, you can use preconfigured roles for your users or create custom roles for detailed control of all aspects of users access. Azure AD provides native tools for integration with your on-premise active directory, so you don`t even need to create users by yourself, and your users and still use single credentials to access both on-premise and cloud sides of your infrastructure. Also you can extend functionality of your on-premise AD, by adding Multi-Factor authentication and self-service user portal, so users can maintain their passwords without opening the cases with helpdesk

What do you dislike?

Rich functionality assumes complexity of implementation, for example in case of implementing MFA, you will need to have your users authenticated via RADIUS server, which is not widely used solution for on-premise AD, and you will probably need to redesign and rebuild your directory.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Many new users treating Azure AD as replacement of on-premise Active directory, it is wrong, it can extend, but not replace it. Implementation of full functionality will take a lot of time, so don`t expect, that it will go-live in couple of days. You will need a lot of resources and experienced staff to to adopt it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Extension for in-premise Active Directory

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by John L.
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"Great Platform"

What do you like best?

Purplish blue AD offers single sign on (SSO) for the clients which is an exceptionally valuable element while getting to outside assets like MS Office and different SAAS applications.We have the Premium P2 adaptation which give a ton of customization and adaptability choices. It was anything but difficult to begin with Microsoft Azure AD. I just signed into my Microsoft account on the Azure landing page, set up the Azure record, and made an application show.

What do you dislike?

When I endeavored to confirm on the application - which I had set up on the Azure AD side - I achieved a blunder screen with no sign of what the issue was.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Maintain a strategic distance from alliance of your clients without synchronizing them. They will lose access to Azure assets too, in the event that you datacenter will come up short. Sky blue AD is tremendous and gives nitty gritty highlights. Associations searching for cloud alternatives in AD should attempt Azure AD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our inside IT and improvement groups have been given access through Azure AD so as to deliver and created web applications and host them on Azure. With Single Sign ON and MFA , it gives a great deal of simplicity to the clients while working from remote areas and with various equipment. Reconciliation of cloud administrations to existing Active Directory condition

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Nishant A.
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"Azure Active Directory - For your Identity and Access Management on the cloud."

What do you like best?

Azure AD offers single sign on (SSO) for the users which is a very useful feature while accessing external resources like MS Office and other SAAS applications.We have the Premium P2 version which give a lot of customization and scalability options.

The integration of the user data with On premise ADDC is very efficient.

What do you dislike?

Some of the features like Multi-Factor Authentication (Cloud and On-premises (MFA Server)) and Self-service password modification and unlock with on-premises write back are only available to Azure AD premium users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Azure AD is vast and provides detailed features. Organizations looking for cloud options in AD should try Azure AD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our internal IT and development teams have been given access through Azure AD in order to produce and developed web apps and host them on Azure.

With Single Sign ON and MFA , it gives a lot of ease to the users while working from remote locations and with different hardware.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Jason F.
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"Broken out of the Box"

What do you like best?

It was easy to get started with Microsoft Azure AD. I just logged into my Microsoft account on the Azure home page, set up the Azure account, and created an application manifest.

What do you dislike?

When I tried to authenticate on the application - which I had set up on the Azure AD side - I reached an error screen with no indication of what the problem was. Research and set up that I did was a complete waste of time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I was not able to resolve issues that I encountered. One in particular was a complete dead end - absolutely no way to troubleshoot. If you're not satisfied with MS products, I suggest looking for alternative ways of achieving your goals.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I wanted to access Office 365 resources from within my application. Our company has a vast amount of data on the platform, which we've found lacking in many areas. AAD promised to empower us to get more out of O365. So far, that's been a broken promise.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Vadim I.
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"Started to learning of Azure from it"

What do you like best?

Azure AD is a flexible authentication mechanism for Microsoft cloud services mainly Azure and Office 365. Allows synchronization of users from on-premise AD, with mutli-factor authentication and self-service features, which can be enabled separately. Application registration allows authenticating users in company approved applications using Azure AD. Domain services allows using Azure AD as a cloud version of Domain Controller, it does not have full functionality of regular AD, but can be useful in specific cases. RBAC allows control of user access based on pre-built or custom roles

What do you dislike?

Not very straightforward pricing, it is common problem for all Azure resources. Hard for budget planning

Recommendations to others considering the product

Avoid federation of your users without synchronizing them. They will lose access to Azure resources as well, if you datacenter will fail

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration of cloud services to existing Active Directory environment

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Júlio C.
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"Cloud Solution"

What do you like best?

One advantage is that content can be counted on multiple servers, streamlining content delivery, since the delivery server will be chosen according to the user's location. This makes the site fast for me, here in Prague, as well as for someone in New Zealand.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to declare, it is a complete tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Otherwise he will have to call the company where the website is hosted and buy a larger plan.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main advantage is the possibility of quickly scaling the project according to demand. Suppose the client has a site with 1,000 hits per day and one day the site starts to have a demand of 10,000 hits per hour. If the client is using Microsoft Azure it will be able to scale the server automatically to be able to handle this amount of access.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Furniture
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"User Management "

What do you like best?

I like Azure active directory user management Multi factor authentication. The security options provided have really helped secure our data. I also like the way that single sign on is managed in Azure. I can easily add a new system to single sign on and also easily give users specific access to systems.

What do you dislike?

Dislike the interface. It is very easy on the eyes but there are a lot of different sections. At times i find it hard to find what im looking for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Azure for user management over on premise AD. I do think the interface needs to be improved but Microsoft is heading in the right direction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are continuously trying to make our environment more secure. On a day to day basis users may click links that are malicious. Two factor authentication helps the user by ensuring no one else is logging into their account other than themselves. Single sign on also solves the business problem of users remembering their passwords. We used to receive a lot of emails from users about forgot passwords but now that they have to remember just one password we do not receive nearly as many emails to reset passwords. Considering we are fairly new to using Microsoft Azure active directory, I can see moving forward that we will have more benefits to talk about. The product is most definitely moving in the right direction.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Gleb M.
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"Main authentication tool for Azure"

What do you like best?

Azure AD provides broad set of great working user management tools, such as Identity Service, On-Premise Active directory integration, Single Sign-On, Self Service credential management for end users and even domain services, which can be used as domain controller for your Azure Virtual Machines. Detailed documentation and responsible support makes your experience with Azure AD very pleasant.

What do you dislike?

Customer facing tools could be designed better, RADUIS only authentcation support for Multi-Factor authentication, rebuilding your existing AD for it can be a problem

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fast growing identity solution, even if some functions are not useful now, these can be useful in near future. Read all the update information emails, you probably can find something that you need there

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration between datacenter and cloud environment

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Thierry M. V.
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"Azure Active Directory - Cloud Identity done right."

What do you like best?

I love the fact that I can extend the Azure AD in a B2B fashion to other SaaS products. I give my users just 1 credential and I can re-purpose it to logon to almost 3000+ other SaaS solutions out there. This is truly Single SignOn at it's best.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the amount of marketing Microsoft is putting into this in my country (Netherlands). They are missing out on a huge market potential, while it's pretty obvious they have the best proposition out there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is truly a great product, that with every add-on you purchase (for instance EMS) adds more functionality and protection for your users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Single Sign-On, Modern Authentication and Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Hernán P.
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"Active Directory on Azure"

What do you like best?

One of the biggest advantages have to use Azure AD is the ability to deliver a SSO platform for the entire enterprise.

In our case we implement Azure AD in order to replicate our server AD on-premise in the cloud and offer authenticated access service to our users outside the office and remote branches.

Once implemented in Azure AD we get all of our users agree to the platform and could use both Office 365 business PCs as well as on their mobile devices.

On the other hand, with Azure AD we keep our users connected all the time from online applications Office 365 as well as his own, always using a single authentication method.

What do you dislike?

Regarding the disadvantages almost you can not name many, unless a VM in Azure has an additional cost this is quickly solved by having replicated AD infrastructure everywhere.

Perhaps one of the things that can be a disadvantage is the speed with which you access the VM in Azure, but resolves having a good internet connection.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Of course I recommend the use of Azure AD for those users who need a centralized platform in Windows environments and especially for those using Office 365. It is a robust, secure and easy platform to deploy and maintain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I mentioned before, we can solve the problems in our company was maintaining a consistent and secure SSO structure. With our server replicated in Azure AD we get all the benefits of a heterogeneous environment and safe for the whole organization.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Vlad D.
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"Will be outstanding identity solution in future"

What do you like best?

Azure AD is not very complex but powerfull identity solution for cloud and some on-premises deployment, RBAC is clear, you can create custom roles for your users. Powershell module is good you can do all operation with it

What do you dislike?

Azure AD domain services is that what we want to have for our cloud infrastructure, but it still can`t fully replace domain controller deployed on virtual machine, hope it will be fixed in future

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure AD allows users in authenticate on Azure recorces using their on-premise credentials

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Sergey D.
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"Identity service for cloud services"

What do you like best?

Ability to syncrhonize and federate your Active Directory with Azure AD. Single Sign-On feature. Users do not need to maintatin additional set of credentials. Very good support, all problems are being resolved quickly. Good documentation. Ability to add custom domains, not only onmicrosoft.com.

What do you dislike?

Azure AD domain services are still very limited in functionality, and in some cases not enough to replace additional domain controller in Azure

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don`t expect it as a replacement of your Active Directory

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Federation between on-prem and cloud directories

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by David L.
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"Good solution for small business"

What do you like best?

I am not a Windows admin by any means. I am however a developer and using Azure AD's single sign on to secure a lot of our internal applications with our AD credentials has been awesome! We don't worry anymore about having to keep track of individual accounts for our tools anymore with Azure AD.

What do you dislike?

Not being the administrator of the AD system itself, I don't have any complaints about it. From a development perspective it works great!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have several applications that we use internally in our company, GitLab, New Relic, etc. Using Azure AD we've been able to tie them all into Azure AD's SSO system so that we can easily manage access to the applications our engineers need.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Denis V.
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"Azure AD Service opens broad opportunities for business"

What do you like best?

Integration with many services such Active Directory and Office 365. Possibility of hybrid usage in conjunction with AD.

Convenient management from any device from anywhere.

Security features such as SSO and MFA.

What do you dislike?

MFA available only in paid version.

Azure AD still doesn't have such capabilities like Active Directory has.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely recommend to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the help of this service We can give employees and business partners of the company access to different sources of company.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Olumayowa M.
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"Microsoft Azure Active Directory "

What do you like best?

Microsoft azure is a cloud based directory and identity management service. it is easy to deploy and gives employers a single sign on option to cloud applications such as Office 365, exchange 2016. Its authentication features privileged account management, role based access control, application usage monitoring, rich auditing and security monitoring and alerting.

What do you dislike?

The disadvantage of Azure is that for applications like office 365, it requires its own Active directory. It does not use the AD on a normal Windows server

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would consider Azure AD for the Office 365 E3 deployment for organizations who want to migrate from their in-house exchange to the cloud.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloud based Identity Solution

Single Sign On

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Azure Platform Migration"

What do you like best?

I loved the ease of migration that we had when moving an existing user-base from AD 2010 to the azure platform. Being able to migrate and deploy an entire farm of 250+ users and implement proper SaaS solutions that our users needed was essential, and we were able to complete this within a weekend after a month of review.

What do you dislike?

Initial review was heavy for our staff during training, as some of our newer members had not reviewed AD practices since 2003/2007, and had some knowledge gaps from existing and new management methods within the platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to run a VM trial within your lab to review, it's essential to demo moving your environment before going live.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure allowed us to provide a much larger scale of practical applications for our existing and future clients without bogging them down into a physical onsite server. We also forced ourselves to further our knowledge within the MS Sphere with additional training which was a significant boon for us.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Phil B.
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"The Future of Identity as a Service"

What do you like best?

The vision is hands down the best feature of Azure Active Directory. Imagine a world where you don't need to build another authentication system for your next app (big or small); that is the direction AAD is heading in.

What do you dislike?

While I understand preview features are subject to change, I'd have to say the dislike is the clarity around implementation when undergoing changes. This issue is actively being addressed with more and more code samples being posted to github, but at the rate the offering is evolving it is hard to keep up with the communication and documentation, especially regarding bleeding edge features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Forget what you know about Active Directory Administration (or don't, because it can still be administered that way) but Azure Active Directory can offer a cloud first federated identity that your internal users can leverage across the network and the web. Also consider looking into the B2C preview (as of 06-15-16) and the graph api - these are all connected and have great synergy beyond just IDaaS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem is twofold; 1. SSO integrated into all internal applications, for internal users (this is using Azure B2B and works great). 2. Since the announcement of Azure B2C, we've had high hopes of leveraging that to provide a similar experience to our external customers using external applications (this is in preview, but looks very promising.)

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Drake W.
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"Powerful tool, difficult onboarding"

What do you like best?

AD makes a great central sign on authority. It is very easy to mange existing users and add additional ones. Switching between domains is also easy on the web portal.

What do you dislike?

Integration with NodeJS is difficult despite official libraries and the documentation is rather confusing and time consuming. It is not easy to plug in to a new application and the documentation can often be very confusing and even contradict itself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get yourself a quiet environment, a hot cup of coffee, and a few hours to dig into the documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am developing applications for enterprise clients and need Azure AD as a test and staging environment before production with enterprise clients

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Max T.
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"Identity solution for your cloud services"

What do you like best?

Integration with Web Applications and on-premise AD is a great features, user can authenticate to your apps in Azure with their on-prem credentials

What do you dislike?

Most features are complex in deployment, Azure AD is growing faster than it`s documentation

Recommendations to others considering the product

Azure AD is the best solution for your Azure Web Applications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Identity service for enterprise web applications

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Lukasz K.
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"Azure AD Improves User Productivity"

What do you like best?

I like the best that with Azure AD there's an easy way to integrate with on-premise Windows Server Active Directory to manage access authentication to clod based applications; in our case it being Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that Microsoft allows only one tenant per domain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend for others to make sure that before they start implementing Azure AD with on-premise Windows Server Active Directory that their UPN on the (on-premise AD accounts) matches your email address.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We resolved the issue we encountered with lack of SSO (Single Sing On) for all our on-premise hosted as well as cloud based applications. We realized that with SSO our user base can concentrate on the applications themselves without the worry to remember their many different authentication credentials for all the applications they use in their daily tasks.

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"AAD - Versatile and easy to deploy but advanced features require subscription "

What do you like best?

Azure AD allows smaller companies the ability to deploy a federated AD without the need for ADFS. Its a simple installer that grants SSO for external applications.

What do you dislike?

Certain features like password protections or 2FA require a premium subscription

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before deploying AAD, Think about what your company needs. Some applications like Logmein are better suited for ADFS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently leveraging Azure AD for SSO services with Office365, Salesforce and Asana.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Implementation with o365 works great!"

What do you like best?

Administration of our Microsoft Azure Active Directory is easy to manage and accessible on the go which is very convenient when troubleshooting issues on the go.

What do you dislike?

Syncing from our on-premise environment can be complex and troubleshooting syncing errors can be cumbersome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently our organization utilizes Microsoft Azure Active Directory for our o365 environment which works great but requires us to manage two environments along with the syncing of on-premise accounts to Azure. When everything is working correctly it's great.

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"Microsoft Azure"

What do you like best?

Simple UI and layering. Just like typical folder layers, it's very easy to read and navigate through.

What do you dislike?

Lacks QoL features built-in, specific times there would be instances I wish it had some features but could still be done witohut. It can be hard to do multiple functions at once without going through a linear process but it's very simple none the less.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is all I've used so far.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using to create user accounts for employees placed within specific distribution groups. It's very easy to see who is apart of who using MA Active Directory.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by William W.
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"I use azure AD all the time, I've set up RMS and AIP using AD and also Sync with on prem AD"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and the ability to sync with on prem AD is the main reason for using. As well as using it with ADFS for SSO

What do you dislike?

Changes are good but MS role out changes every 5 minutes

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it, it allows a lot more funtionality and single sign on with ADFS is great

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As well as information protection we use it to to sync with our o365 account

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Tony W.
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"A really good solution for IT administrators for enterprise applications"

What do you like best?

I like that for application developers, Azure AD lets you focus on building your application by making it fast and simple to integrate with a world class identity management solution used by millions of organizations around the world.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that Azure AD is a bit pricey for the things it offers for smaller organizations, such as 100 people or so.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is recommended for larger organizations which need a good IT directory solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am building a photo sharing website and currently developing a mobile app for photo sharing as well. Am experimenting with Azure AD for managing IT processes better since the company is growing slowly and more and more infrastructure management is required.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Ivan R.
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"Clound based identity service that can natively integrate with your existing AD"

What do you like best?

on-premise AD intergration without deploying 3rd party tools. User synchronization can work in both sides.

What do you dislike?

Solution is complex, but good documentation and support from Microsoft helps well

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Account management for users bot on-premise and in cloud

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Ry N.
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"Great solution for hybrid cloud!"

What do you like best?

I like that we are able sync identities from Active Directory Domain Services to Azure Active Directory

What do you dislike?

We have had a few issues with the sync service that caused major downtime for email within our company

Recommendations to others considering the product

buy a support package with Microsoft. You will need it at some point.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Azure Active Directory to maintain identities and authentication for user applications

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Real Estate
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"Implimented and configured Azure Active Directory"

What do you like best?

Very quick and easy to configure and setup and implement. Azure AD ties together Office365, Exchange Online, and Azure to allow single-sign-on.

What do you dislike?

Microsoft offers no direct migration path to move Azure AD to a premise-based AD structure. This type of migration can be time-consuming for a small company and nearly impossible for a larger organization

Recommendations to others considering the product

It makes life much easier to use Premise-Based AD as a master for Azure AD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure AD has eased our management of users and groups. We have also been able to integrate SSO for many of our other business apps. This has decreased calls to our helpdesk and increased user productivity.

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"Azure AD"

What do you like best?

Azure AD is a great way to take your Active Directory away from on prem. Since we use many SAAS apps this easily integrates allowing us to use single sign on.

What do you dislike?

The On Boarding/setup process was a little difficult, it took more time than we anticipated and more calls to technical support than we would have liked but we eventually got it up and running

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use a combiniation of On prem and Azure to help with SSO and cloud identity management

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"Extremely simple to use with a small learning curve"

What do you like best?

Active Directory's best feature is the usability without being too complicated. Able to locate any user/workstation without difficulty.

What do you dislike?

Not a big fan of the clicks required to unlock an account (should be available from a right click)

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your company requires that their users get direct support when locked out or needing to be moved to different groups then I highly recommend this product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Majority of the users at the company require their LAN account to be unlocked as well as adding the correct users to the security groups

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"Great way to manage user permissions and account details"

What do you like best?

The user interface allows quick training of new personnel and allows an office with high turnover of personnel to quickly train replacements and keep momentum.

What do you dislike?

Not much. This software generally covers all of the needs it was intended to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth the try if you are looking for a long term solution to access management

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Active Directory allows large domain managers the ability to quickly make changes to users permissions and account details while also allowing lower teir helpdesk workers the ability to view progress of account creation statuses.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Eric M.
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"Microsoft Azure Active Directory"

What do you like best?

It is needed for hosted Exchange, provides a environment where you do not have to worry about server maintenance.

What do you dislike?

There always seems to be problem syncing on prem with cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have experienced AD people on site

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosted Exchange requires Microsoft Active Directory.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Boris P.
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"Azure Active Directory"

What do you like best?

Secure fast and good working identity management in cloud, integrated with Azure, Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services

What do you dislike?

Synchronization with several AD forests on premises is a challenge

Recommendations to others considering the product

The easiest way to synchronize your acrtive directory with cloud

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration between on-prem AD and Azure

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Publishing
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"Amazing for managing computers/groups/users"

What do you like best?

The ease with which you can sort things into different OU's is great. It's a great organizational tool.

What do you dislike?

Auto-update would be nice to have. And sometimes it is hard to delete folders.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have O365, using the cloud to communicate with AD is great. It keeps everything in sync and easier to access than from one central place.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We put all of our computers, windows/mac/linux in AD. We can keep track of our inventory and who can administrate each machine.

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"It's great!"

What do you like best?

It's always on so i can log on from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

It costs money, which i guess everything does but it would be so much nicer if it was free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SSO for many apps we use internally so our users can have single sign on.

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"It's an amazing platform to use"

What do you like best?

The azure active directory and the new portal dashboard. Amazing

What do you dislike?

the fact that i can't do fine grain delegation of roles to the account like a billing administrator,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building applications that are connected to a web service, implementing cloud infrastructure to customers.

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"Wow! Simplicity at its finest!"

What do you like best?

This has allowed our IT functions to simplify and streamline our employee sign ons and access. The management options and access functions have alleviated issues that we have dreamed of resolving for years.

What do you dislike?

There isn't anything that is disliked currently. Azure has delivered its solution and we enjoy it for our organization and the audit system functions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The minimization of employee complaints and single access to our cloud systems.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Azure"

What do you like best?

Sync with on Prem, can apply DRM to the forest and generally works well and is very stable.

What do you dislike?

Not a lot to dislike about the solution for AAD - it is what it is.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it - we are going to try the 2FA

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to roll out InTune and have SSO across the sites so we can leverage cloud opportunities.

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"Cloud AD plus integration into pretty much anything"

What do you like best?

It is incredibly easy to integrate 3rd party applications into the directory

What do you dislike?

There is really not anything to dislike!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare with similar services from AWS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centrally managed directory service

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"Azure is a fast user provisioning tool"

What do you like best?

Users do not have to wait for a day to get access to applications

What do you dislike?

Azure and AD have problems many times and the sync process causes users to have access issues

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instant access to all internal applications for users

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"Azure Active Directory"

What do you like best?

Love Azure Active Directory. It makes authenticating users to my applications quick and easy.

What do you dislike?

Microsoft keeps changing things. Now they tell us to stop using AAD Graph Api and use another api.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read up on it, since things change fast.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using AAD to authenticate our users and check groups they belong to.

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"Compliments our on-prem Active Directory environment nicely "

What do you like best?

Azure AD allows for cloud based authentication with on on prem active directory. This makes for easy authentication world wide from any location or device. Azure AD also gives us a lot of control via conditional access and security rules

What do you dislike?

lack of group policy supports means it is not possible to go all cloud based for active directory

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cloud based world wide authentication

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"Good alternative to ADFS."

What do you like best?

Azure Active Directory is an easy and well functioning alternative to using Active Directory Federation Services in house for small enterprise.

What do you dislike?

Can be troublesome to get set up and synchronized initially.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setup can be complicated in the initial connection and setup. Expect to spend time on setup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less complex alternative to ADFS in house. Less maintenance and security risk than ADFS in house.

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"Compatible with many platforms"

What do you like best?

I used this with a identity management module i was writing for a cloud application. Its easy to integrate and efficient.

What do you dislike?

Many vendors provide this for free so its kind of sad that you have to pay. Although at professional level its okay

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was wiriting an API which provided users with different single sign on options

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"Next step in Cloud integration"

What do you like best?

Azure AD directory noways provide ideal way of integration of your local AD infrastructure with Azure Cloud resources and even more.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is hard to determine root cause of synchronization failures.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration local on premise AD structure with Azure Cloud resources, that will provide easy way for authorization of authenticated users, that improve general experience.

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"Too much management, not enough automation!"

What do you like best?

Cost is great, as is is a big help to our IT budget since we can pay as we go. It is incredibly secure, and its scalability allows us to increase/decrease power with ease.

What do you dislike?

Too much management, and very little automation makes the additional tasks required tedious. Also, if you are not an AD savvy person, it can be difficult to understand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Let the cost guide you, but be sure to do your homework.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit is the ability to manage scale, and improve savings on usage.

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