Windows Azure Active Directory
Enterprise-level identity and access management for the cloud
Windows Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution. It combines core directory services, advanced identity governance, security and application access management. Windows Azure Active Directory also offers to developers an identity management platform to deliver access control to their applications, based on centralized policy and rules. For enterprises with more demanding needs an advanced offering, Windows Azure Active Directory Premium, currently in preview, helps complete the set of capabilities that this identity and access management solution delivers.
Use Windows Azure AD to:
Effectively manage users and access to cloud resources.
Manage user account and attributes through the Windows Azure management portal. Centrally manage users’ access to Windows Azure and other Microsoft online services like Microsoft Office 365 and a world of non-Microsoft SaaS applications. Set up provisioning and de-provisioning of user accounts stored in your cloud directory to the SaaS application that your organization uses. Monitor inconsistent access patterns to mitigate potential threats.
Extend your on-premises Active Directory to the cloud
Extend your on-premises directory to Windows Azure Active Directory so that users can authenticate with one set of corporate credentials to their cloud-based resources. User attributes can be automatically synchronized to your cloud directory using a free downloadable tool, DirSync. Authentication is accomplished either through federation or password synchronization.
Provide single sign-on across your cloud applications
Deliver a seamless, single sign-on experience to your users across Microsoft online services, applications built on Windows Azure and hundreds of popular non-Microsoft cloud applications. Make it easier for end users to quickly and effectively launch cloud applications from within their personalized web-based Access Panel.
Enable Multi-factor Authentication for enhanced security
Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be enabled for Windows Azure AD users to help improve access protection to hundreds of cloud services and applications. Convenient authentication options (mobile apps, phone calls, and text messages) allow for a simple sign-on experience while providing the strong security procedures that organizations require.
Offer authentication and access management solution for developers
Windows Azure Active Directory offers developers an effective way to integrate identity management in their applications. Ensure that a consistent and appropriate access to your organization’s applications is maintained to help you meet critical internal security and compliance needs. Enable centralized authentication and authorization using identities hosted in Windows Azure Active Directory or social logins like Microsoft account, Facebook, Yahoo! and Google. Query directory objects’ details and relationships with Graph API.
Windows Azure Active Directory PremiumPreview
Windows Azure Active Directory Premium, built on top of the free offering of Windows Azure AD, provides a robust set of capabilities to empower enterprises with more demanding needs on identity and access management.
In its first milestone Windows Azure Active Directory Premium offers:
- User self-service password reset - For your end-users, the premium offering of Windows Azure AD will provide self-service password reset capabilities for cloud applications
- Group-based provisioning and access management to SaaS applications
- Company branding – To make the end user experience even better, the Access Panel page can now support the addition of company logos and color schemes.
- Security Reports – Use detailed machine learning-based reports showing sign in activity, anomalies, and potential threat areas.
Windows Azure Active Directory Premium will continue to grow and embrace new identity and access management requirements of the cloud era.
View pricing details. Browse the documentation center for resources. Explore flexible purchase options.