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Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Primary Use Case

David Grain - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder, CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

We use it for all of our internal colleagues. Every single user is synced from our internal on-prem directory to Azure AD. Every single user has a presence in Azure AD and that account or identity is then used for at least 10 to 15 different applications. They directly query what groups they're a member of within Azure AD. We use Azure AD for at least 15 different applications.

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Luis Diego Quiros Calvo - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Support Engineer at Tek-Experts

My company provides different types of support for different products. I am a Microsoft Azure support engineer for Azure Active Directory.

We work with multifactor authentication, federation, synchronization of on-premise services to the cloud, migrations from on-premises to the cloud, and role-based access to company services. I also work with the identity services of Azure. I work with certain cases where customers have issues with Office 365. That's because the administration and the role-based access come from the Azure platform. 

We're in the middle of the transition to unify more services. There are many services in terms of networking with the machines and storage accounts.

Azure is a platform, so it doesn't have a version.

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Martijn Verbrugge - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Infrastructure & Architecture at BDO Global

BDO is a network of firms and a firm is what we call a country. So, we are present in about 160 countries. I am involved in BDO Global, which is not really a firm in the sense that we don't deal directly with clients, but BDO Global hosts IT services for all those 160 countries. A couple of those solutions are a worldwide audit solution that our firms use for financial audits for customers. We have a globally running portal solution, which firms are using to collaborate with our customers directly. All these services are basically based on Azure AD for authentication and authorization. This has been a lifesaver for us, because BDO firms are legally independent, so, we don't have a single identity store worldwide, like other big companies potentially do. We created an IAM solution based on Azure AD that ties all 160 dispersed identity stores back into one. We use that to give access to our services that we run globally.

Azure AD doesn't really give you a version. You just need to take the version as-is because it is a service that Microsoft delivers as a SaaS service. So, we don't have a lot of influence over the version that we use.

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Tom Aafloen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Consultant at Onevinn AB

I use it for managing identities, access, and security in a centralized way. I help other people use this product.

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Jonathan Stewart - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Infrastructure at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

Azure AD is where our primary user data is stored. We get a feed-in from our HCM solution and it creates our users, and then that's where we store all of their authorizations, group memberships, and other relevant details.

We access it through the Azure Portal.

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Product Manager/Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We run in a hybrid model. We have our Active Directory on-premise directory services that we provide. We basically went to Azure so we could provide additional capabilities, like single sign-on and multi-factor authentication.

We are running in a hybrid environment. It is not completely cloud-native. We sync our on-premise directory to the cloud.

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Bharat Halai - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Head of Identity and Access Management at Adecco

It has allowed us to use other SaaS products that will authenticate with Office 365 as well as other Microsoft products and non-Microsoft products, so we can have a single sign-on experience for our users. Rather than them needing to have multiple usernames and passwords, they just use whatever they have as their main username and password to log onto their machine.

It is SaaS based, but we sync up from our on-prem into Azure AD.

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NadeemAkhtar1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Service Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We are using Azure Active Directory (AD) for:

  • Application authentication, which is single sign-on. 
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA). 
  • Conditional access for people coming in from non-trusted networks, which are interlinked. 
  • Azure AD B2B. 

These are the four big items that we are using.

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Solutions Owner at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We have users, groups, and applications, and the purpose of this product is authentication, authorization, and attestation. We use it for the services connected to those three "A"s. The use cases in all organizations are more or less the same, even if some side services differ. Azure AD is used for authentication and authorization. It's about managing identities and granting access to applications.

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HUGOMARTINEZ - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a renewables & environment company with 201-500 employees

We have deployed an Active Directory model with Active Directory on-premises, and that is providing services to the entire organization. In 2018, we wanted to implement single sign-on with some of our cloud solution partners. That was the main reason that drove us to implement Azure Active Directory. As far as I know, that's the only thing that we use Azure Active Directory for at this moment.

We can call it a hybrid system. All our internal operations are using Active Directory on-premises, but when we need to identify some of our users with applications on the cloud, that's when we use Azure Active Directory.

We are a mid-size company with around 550 users end-users, with the same number of end-user machines. We also run somewhere between 120 and 150 servers.

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IAM / IT Security Technical Consultant at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

When we are deploying cloud applications we avail ourselves of the services of Azure AD. At the moment, we are mostly getting the data from on-premises to the cloud, as far as user entities go. We're trying to define policies based upon the company's and our projects' requirements, such as whether we need to make something public or private. This all has to be defined. We also use it for access management.

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hugodpereira - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer engineering student at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

I'm a computer engineering student in Portugal, and we used it during one of our classes for practically the whole semester. We used both the on-premise solution and the Azure, online one.

While we were learning, we used it primarily for user access management and also to define rules for the organization. For example, we created organizational units and defined domains for enterprise-level organizations. I was able to specify access to, for example, certain folders, including shared folders and shared resources.

We were using it in conjunction with SQL Server 2019.

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ManojNair2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder/Director at Augesys Solutions Pvt Ltd

We use it because we have to onboard our user laptops to our Windows domain. Azure AD provides us with the Windows domain capability.

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Robertas Tamosaitis - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We have a variety of use cases. The first thing we use it for is Microsoft 365 services. We utilize the single sign-on capability, for use with other SaaS applications. We use MFA, and use it as an identity provider, in general. We make use of the B2B Federation functionality based on Active Directory, as well.

We use a hybrid Azure Active Directory that works in conjunction with our on-premises Active Directory.

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SunilKumar14 - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Specialist at Self-Employed

I am an operational engineer and consultant that assists organizations with their Azure Active Directory implementation. I primarily deal with administrative functions in my day-to-day tasks. I am responsible for creating and configuring Azure AD users and groups, as well as assigning the dynamic membership required by the organization to their users. Another common task is that I set up guest user access for organizations that want to grant access to users on a temporary basis.

For customers that want to use a cloud-based deployment, I can assist them with that. In cases where the customer wants an on-premises deployment then we will provide them with help using AD Connect, which is used for synchronization between cloud-based and on-premises data.

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Flavio Neves - PeerSpot reviewer
Azure Cloud Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We're using Azure AD as a centralized identity management tool, to keep all identities in one place. For example, if we have an application that needs authentication, we use Azure AD. It is not only for user authentication and authorization.

We also use Azure AD as a synchronization tool from on-premises instances to the cloud, and we are using Azure ID Join to join machines directly to the cloud. We use it for access policies, as well as the registration of services.

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Suryakant-Kale - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I was a consultant. I recently changed my job (seven days ago). Most of my customers did everything in Azure. They used Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) as well as Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to sync a user's profile using AD Connect and a federated model. So, they could access an application on-premises as well as in a cloud. 

I am now a CTO for a big hospital. I manage Azure AD for all hospitals as the CTO. They also use Office 365 across all four of their hospitals. 

The solution is hybrid cloud. We have the Active Directory on-premises and Active Directory Domain services in Azure. This is where I use AD Connect (or sync server) to sync the user's profile.

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Adewale Oluwaseyi - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Freelance Consultant

I use a Microsoft 365 cloud deployment and I have an organization where users are created. All of these users are hosted in Azure AD. I send emails in Exchange Online. 

For collaboration, we use Teams and SharePoint. Basically, all of these Microsoft products are on Azure AD. This is due to the fact that for you to use any of these products, users have to be created and these users are being hosted in Azure Active Directory. Without the users in the first place, the products are not used. 

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Khadim Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Dynamics 365 CRM / Power Apps Developer at Get Dynamics

Azure AD is primarily integrated with all of the Microsoft services, such as Microsoft 365, Office 365, and Dynamics 365/Power Apps. Behind the scenes, we are, in one way or another, using Azure AD for our application security, identity management, and to access purpose services. At times, we need to configure some advanced features to provide access and identity to third-party apps to integrate with Dynamic 365. 

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Cloud Architect

We use this solution to authenticate to the portal. There are also some VMs that are not domain-joined, so we use Azure users that we create natively in the portal.

We also use it for our applications. The accounts that we create natively in Azure are used for application authentication.

We have a hybrid deployment model where some accounts are primarily native in Azure, whereas others are on-premises. We also have accounts that are synchronized between our on-premises servers and Azure.

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Senior Infrastructure Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We mainly use Azure Active Directory for authentication, identity management, and single sign-on. A user can use a local Active Directory password to sign into other platforms, like Zendesk or Zoom. These on-premise users are synced to Azure Active Directory. We have some other users who only use cloud, so they don't have instances on-premise, i.e., they are pure cloud. Both of these types of users can authenticate their credentials with other applications and single sign-on. 

We use Microsoft solutions, such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager for mobile device management (MDM), Microsoft Defender, and Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). For our customers and clients, we do something similar. We also send logs from Microsoft 365 to different SIEMs.

We sync users from on-premise using AD Connect sync. We sync them to Azure Active Directory, where we have some instances. 

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Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

A lot of our clients basically want to go to the cloud and they don't know how to proceed with doing so. The first thing we recommended is to make sure their identity is in Azure AD as a hybrid approach. We're not getting rid of their on-premises environment, and instead basically, if they're planning to go to Office 365,  they will be able to take advantage of the Azure Active Directory.

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Jitender Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Upwork Freelancer

The use cases depend on my clients' specifications. If they have the on-premises Active Directory and it is a hybrid environment, then objects are synchronized with the cloud in Azure Active Directory. Services that are on-premises or in the cloud are synchronized with each other, to create a centralized management solution. 

If we're talking about Azure Active Directory only, the cloud-based, centralized management solution, we don't need to use a VPN to access the resources; everything is cloud. We just need to be connected with Azure Active Directory and we can use the resources anywhere in the world and resource security will be intact.

I use both the cloud and on-premises versions.

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Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The use case for this solution is the access to Office 365, Azure subscriptions, and several software as a service platforms as well as other SaaS-developed applications that we provide access to, such as, OpenID Connect, OAuth, or SAML.

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Senior DevOps engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

Our use case for Azure AD is principally to do the role-based access management for our resources. So, we essentially use it for authentication operations for our primary groups and users to secure access to resources.

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Senior Support Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

When a customer is trying to synchronize user information from their on-premises environment to the cloud, they might be encountering a series of errors or they may not be able to achieve what they are trying to achieve. They will raise a ticket so that somebody can help resolve the problem or clarify the situation and explain what the workflow should be like. That's where I often come in.

My support scope is focused on the synchronization aspect of Azure Active Directory. My specialty covers scenarios where customers have information in their on-premises environment and they want to synchronize their Active Directory information into the cloud with Azure Active Directory.

In addition to getting on calls and assisting customers to resolve issues, we also try to help educate customers on how to achieve the best results with Microsoft products.

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Systems Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

I am a systems manager. I use Azure Active Directory every day for my support job.

Our authentication tools to single sign-on portals are hosted in different cloud products, like Amazon or GCP. So, we create an enterprise application and Azure Active Directory to give our users for authentication access to various public URLs.

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Timileyin Olaleye - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Support Engineer at Freelancer

I started using Azure in my organization for user management, identity management, and app security.

I am using purely Azure Active Directory, but I've used Azure Active Directory in a hybrid scenario. I sync my user from on-premises Active Directory to cloud. While I have used the solution in both scenarios, I use it mostly for purely ATS cloud situations.

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Cloud Architect at a hospitality company with 1-10 employees

The solution allows us to assign and give the access and controls. It allows us to monitor privileges with the users so that we can then be in control of the access given to digital resources.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We use it mainly for our Office 365 files. The integration between the two is interesting. It's been a learning curve.

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Pankaj Singh Chandel - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. System Administrator at FST Information Technology Pvt Ltd

We provide a pipeline for Azure Active Directory. We are working with premium clients, giving them services, like SaaS application services through Azure Active Directory. Also, we help external clients who are planning to migrate from on-prem to Azure Active Directory. We help them with the setup, etc.

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M365 enterprise Advisor(Azure) at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Our use case depends on the client, their project, and what they want to deploy. 

  1. The solution can be deployed for security purposes. Multi-factor authentication is being deployed as a second layer of authentication, especially during this COVID-19 time, because everything has to stay secure. 
  2. Almost every organization uses the software as a service (SaaS) part. Because of the pandemic right now, a lot of companies are moving many things to the cloud, like virtual machines (VMs) and virtual networks. It doesn't invalidate the fact that some companies don't want to have control on-premises. 

Everything depends on the solution or what the client wants.

We use it for PaaS and IaaS.

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Saurabh Shelke - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Specialist

We primarily use the solution to take users into our AD. That's the basic purpose. We are using it in our whole organization so that our AD is synced.

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Microsoft Azure Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We provide single sign-on, app syncing, and API seamless access to more than 2,000 users with the syncs into Azure. We provide access to email, SharePoint Online, Skype, and other services on the cloud to half of those users. We have services in the cloud, such as app registration and documents for SharePoint Online.

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NuwanPerera - PeerSpot reviewer
Head, IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

We have integrated our internal applications and cloud applications with Azure AD. We also have a few external applications for which we need to implement a self-service portal and handle requests such as password reset.

We have external applications such as Cloudspace, and we have integrated Azure AD with Cloudspace. We mainly use a single sign-on. Our main target is to go through all single sign-on applications and integrate them with Azure AD. We also need to audit everything in Office 365. Our mail system is Office 365, and we also do some auditing.

We are also implementing Intune. We have deployed some basic policies for mobile devices, and we are working on improving those policies. We need to configure conditional access and improve policies for the applications and devices. We are doing some testing, and it is in progress.

In terms of deployment, we have a hybrid deployment of Azure AD. We have the 2019 version of AD on-prem.

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Leandro Oliveira - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Manager at trt18

We are using it for all non-structured data and as an identity manager for all of our accounts. In addition, we use it also to authenticate Google services, because we have Google Workspace for email, and to integrate other tools with our services. We are able to keep it all going, balanced, and synchronized. It's very good. We use it for just about everything that we need to do an identity check on.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is a hybrid cloud with connectors into Azure/Microsoft 365 cloud.

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Rohan Basu - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

My primary use case is Azure SSO. Then, it is a hybrid synchronization of users and computers, and also for SCIM provisioning.

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Executive Director at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Active Directory is used for authentication and provisioning for users and devices and granting them access.

We're in a hybrid mode where we still have on-prem controllers as well.

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Fernando_Aranda - PeerSpot reviewer
Desarrollador de .NET at Banco Azteca

We work with Active Directory in our own IT network in our office. We also deploy Active Directory projects in some other clients.

Active Directory is an active directory service from Windows for a Windows Server operating system.

We have synchronized identities on-premise with on-cloud identities in order to work with Microsoft-aligned services such as Office 365 and to work in the middle of hybrid topology for on-prem and cloud identities, as well as to be more productive with other capabilities that Azure Active Directory Premium offers. This includes, for example, single sign-on, multifactor authentication, Conditional Access, privileged access management, and Privileged Identity Management. Our current experience with Azure in the Cloud - Azure Active Directory - is it's very functional and productive in talking about identity and access management solutions.

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Chandra Guddati - PeerSpot reviewer
IT specialist at BMO Financial Group

Azure Active Directory is similar to an on-premises access control system, but the service and data are hosted in the Azure cloud. Previously, everyone used to have Windows servers built as domain controllers for Active Directory to store their employee data. This assumed the role of a database for their employees.

With Azure Active Directory, which is in the cloud, you have the same functionality and there isn't much of a difference. The defining point is that you have access to online, cloud-based resources, such as Office 365.

In my company, as well as others, we had already implemented the on-premises Active Directory for our infrastructure. We leverage Azure Active Directory to synchronize the existing on-premises details to the cloud so that it creates an identity in Azure, which allows it to be used for other SaaS-based solutions.

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DanielNdiba - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Security Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

There are a number of use cases. You can use it as a central point of authentication for giving access to most of your cloud and on-prem resources. For example, you can use Azure AD to give access to a Microsoft 365 application, such as Outlook or Microsoft Teams.

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Principal Security Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

Usually, it is replicating an on-prem Active Directory environment into Azure. It is usually tied with generic email access and SharePoint Online access and building out provisioning for that. There typically is some sort of synchronization tool that is sometimes used in addition to or as a substitute for the typical Microsoft suite. So, it just depends upon the customers and how they're getting that information up there.

In terms of version, it tends to be a mixed bag. It just depends on the client environment and factors such as the maturity and the rigors of change management. Sometimes, it just lags, and we've dealt with those types of situations, but more often than not, it is more of a greener field Azure environment and tends to be the latest and greatest.

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Joseph Chandrasekaram - PeerSpot reviewer
Identity Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

I use this solution as an identity platform for Microsoft Applications including Office 365. We have found that users have third-party applications for authentication using an integrated identity infrastructure.

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manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The solution is our main identity provider and federation platform. We use it for authentication and for federations, for some provisioning, and a little bit of governance.

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Lead Global Cloud Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

We use Azure Active Directory for quite a few things. We use it for security group management of authorized principals who need access to get SSH-signed certificates for user logins. We use it for automated jot-based (JSON Web Token) self sign-on for our lowest, least privileged credentials on certain products. We also use AAD for B2B coordination of SSO when we're bringing users onto our platform, where they have Active Directory on their side. We use the OIDC-based SSO flows through AAD to merge project-level AADs back to our corporate AAD for internal single sign-on flows.

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YasirMehmood - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at Komatsu

The primary use case is for the authentication of the users. We actually onboarded around 3000 to 4000 users at our go live, which are various application users from across the US and the other regions.

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Jeff Woltz - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

Azure AD manages the identities of all our employees. 

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Solution architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We primarily use the solution only for the employees. It offers a single sign-on to business applications. Internal modern applications also go through Azure Active Directory, however, we use Active Directory for the legacy ones. (Kerberos).

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Cloud Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I am a cloud engineer, and I do a lot of administrative work that involves creating new infrastructure for our applications. Whenever I create infrastructure, I have to install it on our Active Directory and then set it up. This is how it was that I started working with Azure Active Directory.

Once the infrastructure is set up, I usually proceed to create user groups and user IDs inside Active Directory. After they are created, I set up and configure them based on the requirements of the organization, including the access required for different groups and users.

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KishanRamiah - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at KRsolns LTD

The active directory on Microsoft Azure is similar to the corresponding system for an on-premise active directory.

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Nazim Kabiri - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at EPC Power Corp.

We are using it for central management, MDM, SSO, MFA, applying policies.

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John Gbigbi-Jackson - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Systems Administrator (Servers and Storage) at University of Bath

We use the Azure portal to create users, assign rights, build policies, etc. I'm not an administrator for that part of our system but that is basically what we use Azure AD for.

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Mohammed Alahdal - PeerSpot reviewer
Cyber Security architect at Avanade

The main reason for implementing this solution was to help our customers to access internal or external resources seamlessly while allowing them to have full control over access and permissions. 

This enterprise identity service provided our customers with many security features such as single sign-on, multifactor authentication, and conditional access to guard against multiple cybersecurity attacks. 

Most of the clients have either Office 365 with hybrid solutions, a multi-cloud environment and they want to leverage Azure AD to manage access to those clouds or they have hybrid deployments with legacy apps on-premises and on the cloud as well. 

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IT Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We are a system implementer and this is one of the products that we provide to our clients.

We primarily use this product for identity and access management. Any of our customers using Office 365, which includes Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, are using it for authentication. Worldwide, there are a lot of use cases.

The identity check includes whether the username and password are correct, and it also supports multifactor authentication.

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SunilKumar12 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Engineer IT at Hical Technologies Pvt Ltd

We use Azure AD for user access and control.

Our deployment is a hybrid of on-premises and cloud.

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Info Security Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We use Office 365. We have different licenses because our users are using mail, mail strategies, Microsoft Teams, and the Office package. We use a lot of different services. We use Microsoft Intune, which is connected to Azure and other services like Conditional Access, which we also use. Microsoft Defender is another one, which is also connected to Azure.

The solution is deployed fully in the cloud through Microsoft Azure. We are using the latest version. The solution is on cloud, so we cannot control the version we're using. That is controlled by Microsoft.

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Sr. Cloud Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There were a couple of use cases I've dealt with. In one scenario, I had to import on-premise users to my Azure AD. We had a couple of mobile applications where we were using the authentication feature from Azure AD. 

We needed to create a new infrastructure for one of the clients and everything had to be taken care of by the Azure infrastructure. In that case, we used Azure AD for all kinds of user management tasks, as well as authentication.

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Matt Hudson - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Solution Architect - Security at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

It underpins our application authentication and security requirements for internal users.

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Amgad Soliman - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System & Security Administrator at a legal firm with 51-200 employees

The solution is primarily used for handling user permission and containing with the Online Exchange. It's for handling user passwords, user permissions, all of the privileges, and for using Azure Active Directory for the Online Exchange.

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Minghao Li - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees

We are a small consultant company, and we help customers to build hybrid environments. We synchronize on-premises AD to Azure AD and help our customers decide which one they want to use.

In our own company, we use Office 365, so we use Activity Directory directly for authentication and authorization.

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Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

We're using Azure Active Directory for MFA.

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Sr.Piping Engineer Construction at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is deployed on a public cloud. We are using Microsoft Azure.

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IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for business intelligence and analytics.

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Manager, Technology Delivery at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

I have been working with a medication company and we are building an LMS system. We have an older version and we've decided to develop a new version of it. We are building the entire system on the cloud and using new technology.  We started the process on Azure cloud, but we have later plans to try AWS, but for now, we are using Azure Active Directory.

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Powershell IT Admin Cert at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Containerization is mainly what I've been dealing with lately. I've been trying to provide solutions with Active Directory and cloud resolutions so that Edge services can communicate properly to the main data centers.

We use Active Directory for global authentication.

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Anders Johansson - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Specialist at Tieto Estonia

We primarily use the solution with our customers that use it.

We're using the solution for a lot of all different things. We have used it to support. We have something called BankID here in Sweden, where you identify yourself to your internet bank and lots of other areas and we have based our connection to BankID using Active Directory. 

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Michael Ogunlade - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc

Typically, we have applications deployed within the office network that we need to make accessible to our staff outside of the bank. Some of them are also our clients, but mainly, this is for people working in the region.

So without having to put them behind firewalls, what we opted to do is publish them to the proxy. This means that they can then come in via a secure port and begin to access the resources as if they were internally and securely within the network.

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Dhiraj Verma - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Information Technology Manager at Kaleyra

We use  Azure Active Directory to provide all the identity services for all of our applications.

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Integration Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the product for the authentication for all of Office 365. It is also my single sign-on solution.

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Ozgur Kolukisa - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure and Cloud Principle Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Azure AD for sign-on security as well as for our customers' Microsoft 365 solutions. We help migrate our customers from the traditional Active Directory, and to use Exchange Online and Microsoft Teams. We use Azure AD to secure their login processes with multi-factor authentication. In some specific cases, where there are specific applications, databases, or Active Directory login information about users, we integrate Azure AD with those elements.

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Head of IT at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

We use it to have better security and better control over PCs and clients.

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TariqMuhammad - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant General Manager at ELEVATE Solutions Limited

We use this and Microsoft Intune. Azure Active Directory is an identity solution and a mandatory requirement. Without Azure Active Directory, Intune would not work.

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Manager at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Azure Active Directory to add authentication for users when they sign into the applications. We also use it to provide single sign-on (SSO) to applications.

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Sr. System Engineer at PT Smartfren Telecom Tbk

We use Azure Active Directory to make the computers have policies that we inspect. This allows us to deploy software and block the CMD from the user. Additionally, we deploy the desktop systems with password policies.

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Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

My primary use case is for Azure Active Directory is user management, creating users, assigning them access to network resources, network drives, resetting passwords, and dissembling users.

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Ajay Kuamr - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and Computer Systems Administrator at bahwan

We use Active Directory to manage our main database and control students and staff access with rules and passwords. Usernames, emails, etc., are all integrated with Active Directory. Office 365 is also integrated with our Active Directory.

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Cyberecurity and Compliance Specialist at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is our main authentication on our authorization platform to get access to our resources.

The solution is deployed on cloud with Microsoft Azure as the provider. We have around 100 people using this solution in my organization. 

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Security Architect at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for the authentication of people in a hybrid configuration. In most cases,
Office 365 makes companies move to Azure Active Directory.

We have both on-premises and cloud deployments.

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Anteneh Asnake - PeerSpot reviewer
Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at IE Network Solutions PLC

We are using the solution primarily for demo purposes. We use active data cases from Microsoft. You can run different kinds of virtual machines and different kinds of services. We're currently using it in production.

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YawKusiappiah - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

My primary use case with Azure Active Directory is configuring applications, for example Edge, on premises and doing synchronizations with ADFS in a hybrid environment.

I have used it in a lot of application integrations. I set authentication for the hybrid and cloud applications for the services that we acquire.

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VamsiMohan - PeerSpot reviewer

We use Azure Active Directory for the user rules, identity management, user rule validation, authorization, and authentication.

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User at Aura Advanced Tech

Anyone who moves to Azure must have Azure Active Directory.

Azure Active Directory is identity management.

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HakanCengiz - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using it for authentication. We are using GPOs for user and computer policies.

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Mike  Sax - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President, Product Engineering at Logitix

We have an Azure active directory and we also have our own on-prem AD instances.

We basically use the solution for user management, group management, policy management.

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Associate Technical Lead at SoftwareONE

The primary use case of the solution is for application security and user access management.

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Mohamed El-Sherbini - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Mada Insurance

I use Azure Active Directory for user credential login, control my users with end-user policies, and apply my conditions.

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Advisor at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I have been using Azure Active Directory mainly for access management, identity governance, access reviews, and patent management.

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Michael Collins - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Technology Service Operations at Macmillan Cancer Support

We use it for authentication. Where we have cloud services, it syncs with Active Directory on-prem. We have about 1,800 people using it.

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Computer Chief Specialist Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is being used at Kuwait University for different things, such as email systems.

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Vice President of Technology at Ecuity Edge

I am using this product for user authentication.

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Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees

My main use is for directory services, including identity access, management policies, access control, authentication features, and endpoint management.

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Rafael Forcini - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Coordinator at Zignet

Azure Active Directory is an identity and access management service.

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IT Functional Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Azure Active Directory in our company at a group level.

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Muhammad_Irfan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Network Administrator at ACMC

This solution is useful for user management because it is integrated with DNS.

The solution is deployed on cloud and on-premises. We're using the latest version.

We have about 200-250 users. All of our users have local and Active Directory. We don't have plans to increase usage.

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