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2019-09-04T14:48:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Azure Active Directory?

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about Azure Active Directory?

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Srini Sigakolli - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-08-21T07:22:00Z
21 August 22

It has things like conditional access. For example, if someone is accessing sensitive information, then we could force them to do multi-factor authentication. Therefore, we can stop access if it is coming from a location that we did not expect.

RS
Senior Technical Architect at MindTree
Real User
2022-08-17T07:06:00Z
17 August 22

It's multi-tenant, residing in multiple locations. The authentication happens quickly. Irrespective of whether I'm in Australia, the US, India, or Africa, I don't see any latency. Those are the good features that I rely on.

Jeff Woltz - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-27T06:26:00Z
27 July 22

Azure AD allowed us to get rid of servers and other hardware running at our offices. We moved everything to the cloud. Once we set up roles and permissions, it's only a matter of adding people and removing people from different groups and letting permissions flow through.

ManojNair2 - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder/Director at Augesys Solutions Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-07-05T15:08:00Z
05 July 22

We use BitLocker for policy enforcement. And now, because of the Microsoft 365 Business Premium package, we get Intune as a part of it. That's very useful for us for setting policies and managing the systems. The biggest strength of Azure AD is Intune.

Anteneh Asnake - PeerSpot reviewer
Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at IE Network Solutions PLC
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-05-06T07:11:59Z
06 May 22

The performance is good.

JB
User at Aura Advanced Tech
Real User
Top 5
2022-05-04T20:11:51Z
04 May 22

It's something we have to deal with every day. It is present. If you're in a domain environment, you'll need it to log in. If you work in a Microsoft-centric environment, you can't avoid it.

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Michael Collins - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Technology Service Operations at Macmillan Cancer Support
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-28T12:55:00Z
28 April 22

It's a very scalable solution.

LB
IT Functional Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-04-05T09:57:54Z
05 April 22

Azure Active Directory has been very useful for our company, it is not difficult to use.

HakanCengiz - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-03-16T13:17:40Z
16 March 22

The central authentication server is most valuable. GPOs are useful for user and computer policies.

TM
Cloud Architect
Real User
Top 20
2022-03-02T12:15:00Z
02 March 22

The most valuable feature is the conditional access policies. This gives us the ability to restrict who can access which applications or the portal in specific ways.

HR
Cyberecurity and Compliance Specialist at ABB
Real User
Top 5
2022-02-16T17:43:31Z
16 February 22

We're using the whole suite: device management, user credentials, everything that's possible.

DA
Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
Real User
2022-02-15T15:50:26Z
15 February 22

Azure is the leading market solution because of its history, features, and maturity.

SK
Manager, Technology Delivery at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-02-14T21:20:27Z
14 February 22

Having access to Azure Active Directory on the cloud gives us speed and use of the latest technology. The application services are very good, such as GitHub.

NASSER ALY - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Chief Specialist Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-01-19T08:57:15Z
19 January 22

Overall the solution functions very well, such as the ability to access it from the cloud.

MZ
Info Security Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
2022-01-17T06:15:46Z
17 January 22

We haven't had any problems with stability. Everything works fine.

NR
Sr.Piping Engineer Construction at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-01-12T16:28:51Z
12 January 22

The most valuable features in Active Directory are the password writeback product and the MDM technology.

TB
Executive Director at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-01-02T20:54:00Z
02 January 22

The single sign-on across multiple platforms is really the true advantage here. That gives you one ID and password for access to all your systems. You don't need to manage a plethora of different user IDs and passwords to all the systems that you're going to access.

AR
Systems Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-24T15:35:00Z
24 December 21

The security features are great. They will report in advance to you in the case of suspicious activity.

TB
Lead Global Cloud Architect at Aptiv PLC
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-23T22:30:00Z
23 December 21

The solution has come a long way. Now, with the Azure AD B2C offering integrated as well, we've got a full IAM-type solution for our customer-facing identity management. In addition, when it comes to user journeys we now can hook in custom flows for different credential checking and authorizations for specific conditional access.

Ajay Kuamr - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and Computer Systems Administrator at bahwan
Real User
Top 10
2021-12-08T13:29:44Z
08 December 21

The best thing about Active Directory is its compatibility. It works with lots of third-party vendors. We're using multiple products, and they're all integrated with our Active Directory.

Saurabh Shelke - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Specialist
MSP
Top 20
2021-12-07T16:21:00Z
07 December 21

It has made our work easier in that it’s simplified everything for us.

Leandro Oliveira - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Manager at trt18
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-09T14:35:00Z
09 November 21

The most valuable feature is the ability to deploy and make changes to every workstation that I need to. We use it to control policy and I can apply the right policies to all our 1,500 workstations, notebooks, et cetera.

MB
Systems and Networks Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-05T16:39:00Z
05 November 21

The scalability is quite good.

MS
manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-04T14:41:00Z
04 November 21

It's a quite comprehensive solution and it scales quite well within our required scale as well, which is very useful.

NuwanPerera - PeerSpot reviewer
Head, IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-11-03T19:19:00Z
03 November 21

Application integration is easy. MFA and password self-service have reduced most of the supportive work of IT. We use multi-factor authentication. Every access from a user is through multi-factor authentication. There is no legacy authentication. We have blocked legacy authentication methods. For people who use the MDM on mobile, we push our application through Intune. In a hybrid environment, users can work from anywhere. With Intune, we can push policies and secure the data.

PV
Microsoft Azure Engineer at Kyndryl
Consultant
Top 20
2021-11-01T19:58:00Z
01 November 21

The scalability is good now, and I find it to be more stable and faster since scaling up to ESX.

AD
Advisor at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-10-21T20:03:00Z
21 October 21

All of the features are amazing, such as identity governance and privileged identity management.

Flavio Neves - PeerSpot reviewer
Azure Cloud Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-10-20T22:21:00Z
20 October 21

The user functionality enables us to provide different levels of access, across many applications, for each user. We can customize the access level and set a security level in connection with that access. For instance, we can require MFA. That is a feature that helps enhance our security posture a lot.

Adewale Oluwaseyi - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Freelance Consultant
Real User
Top 10
2021-10-20T11:50:00Z
20 October 21

With Azure Conditional Access you can specify network locations where you want some of the services in the organization to be available to users, and where you don't want users to have access.

John Gbigbi-Jackson - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Systems Administrator (Servers and Storage) at University of Bath
Real User
Top 20
2021-10-14T00:15:00Z
14 October 21

Conditional Access is a helpful feature because it allows us to provide better security for our users.

PB
Powershell IT Admin Cert at Infosys
Real User
Top 5
2021-10-12T18:12:00Z
12 October 21

If you want to replicate a website at the frontend in Azure, it's very easy to do it globally.

Ozgur Kolukisa - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure and Cloud Principle Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2021-10-12T12:09:00Z
12 October 21

Multi-factor authentication really secures our environments and gives us the flexibility to use location-based policies. Azure AD also gives us a lot of flexibility in our scope of integration.

Khadim Ali - PeerSpot reviewer
Dynamics 365 CRM / Power Apps Developer at Get Dynamics
Real User
Top 20
2021-10-11T18:54:00Z
11 October 21

The initial setup was very straightforward.

KO
Senior Support Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2021-10-11T11:38:00Z
11 October 21

If a company has hundreds of users that already exist in the cloud, and it now wants to enable those same users to be present in third-party applications that their business uses, like Atlassian or GoToMeeting, the provisioning technology can assist in achieving that.

AG
Solutions Owner at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-10-05T12:56:00Z
05 October 21

Many of its features are valuable, including: facilitating application authentication, privileged access management, processes for attestation, and access reviews.

YawKusiappiah - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-10-04T19:32:00Z
04 October 21

The feature that I have found most valuable is its authentication security. That is Azure Active Directory's purpose - making cloud services' security and integration easier.

Minghao Li - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Real User
2021-09-30T23:09:00Z
30 September 21

Microsoft Azure AD is easy to install and is a stable solution.

Luis Diego Quiros Calvo - PeerSpot reviewer
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Support Engineer at Tek-Experts
Real User
2021-09-16T02:31:00Z
16 September 21

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.

Nazim Kabiri - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at EPC Power Corp.
Real User
Top 20
2021-08-23T20:42:00Z
23 August 21

It is cloud based so it is always updated,

NB
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2021-08-19T10:30:00Z
19 August 21

Azure Active Directory is a very simple utility to use, it has very good visibility and transparency, and an easy-to-use panel.

SunilKumar12 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr Engineer IT at Hical Technologies Pvt Ltd
Real User
Top 10
2021-08-16T12:53:00Z
16 August 21

It also has features that help improve security posture. The most important of these features include multifactor authentication, which is very useful for connecting to the organization, especially from outside the boundaries of the organization. That is very helpful when it comes to user security.

MS
Senior DevOps engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-15T17:40:00Z
15 July 21

Azure Active Directory provides access to resources in a very secure manner. We can detect which user is logging in to access resources on the cloud. It gives us a comprehensive audit trace in terms of from where a user signed in and whether a sign-in is a risky sign-in or a normal sign-in. So, there is a lot of security around the access to resources, which helps us in realizing that a particular sign-in is not a normal sign-in. If a sign-in is not normal, Azure Active Directory automatically blocks it for us and sends us an email, and unless we allow that user, he or she won't be able to log in. So, the User Identity Protection feature is the most liked feature for me in Azure Active Directory.

Joseph Chandrasekaram - PeerSpot reviewer
Identity Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-06-15T21:20:14Z
15 June 21

The most valuable features of this solution are security, the conditional access feature, and multifactor authentication.

Suryakant-Kale - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-06-01T12:07:00Z
01 June 21

A use case that we did for an end user in a manufacturing organization: We used WVD with biometric authentication because 1,500 processes need to happen in a process. The user didn't want to use a login using their credentials. They wanted to use fingerprinting or tap their ID. That is where we integrated with the authentication. Now, they can process in a couple of hours, and they run those 1,500 processes every day. This changed their login process, which improved the manufacturing process. This helped a lot for their high deployment.

Chandra Guddati - PeerSpot reviewer
IT specialist at BMO Financial Group
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-30T16:11:00Z
30 May 21

It offers features that improve our security posture such as multifactor authentication, which is the second layer of protection that is used when we log into the cloud.

David Grain - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder, CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-30T16:11:00Z
30 May 21

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.

Jonathan Stewart - PeerSpot reviewer
Director, Infrastructure at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-05-11T07:57:00Z
11 May 21

This product is easy to use.

VK
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Top 20
2021-05-11T06:54:00Z
11 May 21

Conditional access is a very important feature where a specific user can be restricted such that they cannot connect to the application if they travel outside of the US.

GR
Cloud Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-05-11T06:54:00Z
11 May 21

The security and infrastructure management features are the most valuable ones for us.

MU
IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-27T09:42:00Z
27 April 21

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) stores the identities of our customers.

DM
Product Manager/Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-04-05T22:12:00Z
05 April 21

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.

Tom Aafloen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Consultant at Onevinn AB
Consultant
Top 10
2021-04-01T19:10:00Z
01 April 21

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.

MW
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 20
2021-03-24T13:46:00Z
24 March 21

It is a central point where we provide the cloud lock-in for our company. We focus the multi-factor authentication within Azure AD before jumping to other clouds or software as a service offerings. So, it is the central point when you need to access something for our company within the cloud. You go to Azure AD and can authenticate there, then you move from there to the target destination or the single sign-on.

Martijn Verbrugge - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Infrastructure & Architecture at BDO Global
Real User
Top 20
2021-03-11T15:27:00Z
11 March 21

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.

Mike  Sax - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President, Product Engineering at Logitix
Real User
Top 5
2021-02-08T23:26:51Z
08 February 21

The portal version of the Azure active directory is pretty robust.

SW
Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-26T15:36:51Z
26 January 21

It's definitely both stable and scalable.

SW
Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-23T15:57:58Z
23 January 21

It's not intuitive and we use it mainly for our Office 365 files. The integration between the two is interesting. However, the learning curve is high.

AA
Delivery Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-12-10T05:07:42Z
10 December 20

The solution's ease of use is one of its most valuable features.

MR
Head of IT at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-03T17:29:43Z
03 December 20

The ability to see and control PCs and mobile devices is the most valuable. I can see where they are and how many we have. I can also see the age and retention of PCs.

JP
Security Architect at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-12-01T15:42:08Z
01 December 20

Its ability to provide secure connections to people at all locations is the most valuable. It is mostly used by enterprises.

Michael Ogunlade - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc
Real User
Top 5
2020-11-04T18:06:55Z
04 November 20

The most valuable feature is the ability to set up conditional access, where you can enforce users to connect using multifactor authentication.

DM
Solution architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-23T17:36:10Z
23 October 20

The single sign-on of the solution is the most valuable aspect.

CP
Vice President of Technology at Ecuity Edge
Reseller
2020-09-21T06:33:14Z
21 September 20

The most valuable feature is the ease of scalability.

Pete Fotopoulos - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President - Network and Infrastructure at NJA LLC
Real User
Top 5
2020-08-04T07:26:14Z
04 August 20

The single sign-on is very convenient for us.

Mohamed Fekry - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions at Nile
Real User
2020-07-19T08:15:00Z
19 July 20

The most valuable feature is that it is very easy to implement, you don't need a lot of effort to set up the solution. This is the most advantageous point, that you can do anything on Azure without taking too much time.

Jeffrey Attoh - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Executive Officer at ZDAPT
Real User
2020-07-08T09:01:01Z
08 July 20

The interface is well laid out and it is easy to navigate.

PR
Software Engineer at Cognizant
Real User
2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
28 June 20

The ability to grant access to other organizations is helpful.

SK
Solution Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-09-04T14:48:00Z
04 September 19

This solution serves as the basis to understand the MS SSO and MFA capabilities.

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