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Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Pros

David Grain - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder, CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Being able to use Azure AD means that you can use some of the Azure AD security features like Advanced Password Protection. As well as querying your normal password requirements like lengths and complexity, Azure AD has a feature in which you can put specific words. It can be words to do with your company, words to do with your company location, or words that a lot of your employees would otherwise use. You can disallow them. It's very good at making more obvious passwords, ones they're not allowed to use anymore. That's a good feature.
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Luis Diego Quiros Calvo - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Support Engineer at Tek-Experts
The most important things of Azure Active Directory are the security and the facility to manage all the services and users. It is very easy to manage users and assign roles, permissions, and access. At the same time, it is a very secure environment. Microsoft takes security very seriously. They take care of all the security and all the factors to prevent any kind of data or information compromise.
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Martijn Verbrugge - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Infrastructure & Architecture at BDO Global
It has been very instrumental towards a lot of services we run, especially on the single sign-on side. For example, we have 160 countries that all run their own IT but we still are able to provide users with a single sign-on experience towards global applications. So, they have a certain set of accounts that they get from their local IT department, then they use exactly the same account and credentials to sign into global services. For the user, it has been quite instrumental in that space. It is about efficiency, but also about users not having to remember multiple accounts and passwords since it is all single sign-on. Therefore, the single sign-on experience for us has been the most instrumental for the end user experience.
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Tom Aafloen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Consultant at Onevinn AB
Using [Azure AD's] passwordless technology, you're not even using a password anymore. You're basically just creating a logon request without actually sending or typing or storing the password. This is awesome for any user, regardless of whether you're a factory worker or a CFO. It's secure and super-simple.
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Jonathan Stewart - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Infrastructure at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
This product is easy to use.
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DM
Product Manager/Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It enhanced our end user experience quite a bit. Instead of the days of having to contact the service desk with challenges for choosing their password, users can go in and do it themselves locally, regardless of where they are in the world. This has certainly made it a better experience accessing their applications. Previously, a lot of times, they had to remember multiple usernames and passwords for different systems. This solution brings it all together, using a single sign-on experience.
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Bharat Halai - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Head of Identity and Access Management at Adecco
It is one of those costs where you can't really quantify a return on investment. In the grand scheme of things, if we didn't have it, we would probably have a lot more breaches. It would be a lot harder to detect issues because we would have people using static usernames and passwords for various sites, making us open to a lot more attacks. The amount of security and benefit that we get out of it is not quantifiable but the return of investment from a qualitative point of view is much higher than not having it.
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NadeemAkhtar1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Service Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Azure Active Directory provides us with identity-based authentication, which secures access at the user level and also integrates with conditional access policies and multi-factor authentication helping to increase the identity security for that person. So, the hacking and leaking of passwords is a secondary problem because you will not authenticate a person with one factor. There is a second factor of authentication available to increase the security premise for your company.
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Dimitris Zografos - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure & Tech Support Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Let's say we decide that our users need to have MFA, multi-factor authentication. It is very easy to implement that with Azure Active Directory.
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AG
Solutions Owner at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Many of its features are valuable, including: facilitating application authentication, privileged access management, processes for attestation, and access reviews.
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Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Cons

David Grain - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder, CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
The conditional access rules are a little limiting. There's greater scope for the variety of rules and conditions you could put in that rules around a more factual authentication for other users. If you have an Azure AD setup, you can then connect to other people's Azure AD, but you don't have a huge amount of control in terms of what you can do. Greater control over guest users and guest access would be better. It's pretty good as it is but that could be improved.
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Luis Diego Quiros Calvo - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Support Engineer at Tek-Experts
For example, there were some authentication features that, for security purposes, had certain limitations. Those limitations still exist, but the portal now has options so that the customers can make custom features to manage their identity.
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Martijn Verbrugge - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Infrastructure & Architecture at BDO Global
We have a custom solution now running to tie all those Azure ADs together. We use the B2B functionality for that. Improvements are already on the roadmap for Azure AD in that area. I think they will make it easier to work together between two different tenants in Azure AD, because normally one tenant is a security boundary. For example, company one has a tenant and company two has a tenant, and then you can do B2B collaboration between those, but it is still quite limited. For our use case, it is enough currently. However, if we want to extend the collaboration even further, then we need an easier way to collaborate between two tenants, but I think that is already on the roadmap of Azure AD anyway.
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Tom Aafloen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Consultant at Onevinn AB
The Azure AD Application Proxy, which helps you publish applications in a secure way, has room for improvement. We are moving from another solution into the Application Proxy and it's quite detailed. Depending on the role you're signing in as, you can end up at different websites, which wasn't an issue with our old solution.
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Jonathan Stewart - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Infrastructure at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
When you start to deal with legacy applications, provisioning is not as intuitive.
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DM
Product Manager/Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The thing that is a bit annoying is the inability to nest groups. Because we run an Azure hybrid model, we have nested groups on-premise which does not translate well. So, we have written some scripts to kind of work around that. This is a feature request that we have put in previously to be able to use a group that is nested in Active Directory on-premise and have it handled the same way in Azure.
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Bharat Halai - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Head of Identity and Access Management at Adecco
Some of the features that they offer, e.g., customized emails, are not available with B2C. You are stuck with whatever email template they give you, and it is not the best user experience. For B2C, that is a bit of a negative thing.
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NadeemAkhtar1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Service Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
There is a concept of cross-tenant trust relationships, which I believe Microsoft is actively pursuing. That is something which in the coming days and years to come by will be very key to the success of Azure Active Directory, because many organizations are going into mergers and acquisitions or spinning off new companies. They will still have to access the old tenant information because of multiple legal reasons, compliance reasons, and all those things. So, there should be some level of tenant-level trust functionality, where you can bring people from other tenants to access some part of your tenant application. So, that is an area which is growing. I believe Microsoft is actively pursuing this, and it will be an interesting piece.
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Dimitris Zografos - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Infrastructure & Tech Support Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
You can manage the users from the Office 365 administration center, and you can manage them from Azure Active Directory. Those are two different environments, but they do the same things. They can gather the features in one place, and it might be better if that place were Azure.
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AG
Solutions Owner at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
When it comes to identity governance, the governance features in Azure AD are very focused on Microsoft products. I would like to see those governance and life cycle management features offered for non-Microsoft products connected to Azure AD.
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Buyer's Guide
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
633,952 professionals have used our research since 2012.