RBAC is critical for ensuring the right employees have access to the right documents. Command line tools are the first step. However, a UI similar to Windows is needed for most IT organizations (who don’t write scripts)
Until now, to give people the ability to manage Azure you had to give them full control of an entire Azure subscription. Now, using RBAC, you can grant people only the amount of access that they need to perform their jobs. Download the generally available RBAC command-line management tools or use the Azure Management Portal (preview) to manage access for your production Azure workloads.
When it comes to identity and access, most organizations that are considering using the public cloud are concerned about two things:
Ensuring that when people leave the organization they lose access to resources in the cloud.
Striking the right balance between autonomy and central governance. For example, giving the project teams ability to create and manage virtual machines in the cloud, while centrally controlling the networks to which those virtual machines connect.
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Active Directory (AD) has been a critical factor of the success of Windows Server since it was first released in December 2000. Back then, it was Exchange Server (and it’s requirement on AD) that drove sales of Windows Server. In 2014 it’s O365 that driving the sales of Azure Active Directory. However, any business currently running a version of Windows Server Active Directory (2003, 2008, 2012) should look at Azure Active Directory. Especially if they are using commercial SaaS products like Salesforce.com, Dropbox, ServiceNow, GoToMeeting, Concur etc. Don’t make the mistake of early adopters that are barely managing a myriad of identifies.
Microsoft is making a huge investment in Azure Active Directory (AAD). Today, AAD contains a small subset of features that are part of Windows Server Active Directory and the Forefront Identity Manager. However, Microsoft has been steadily releasing new capabilities to close the gap. You can expect Microsoft to continue making big investments in Azure Active Directory. Look for a major upgrade announcement in the beginning of Oct 2014.
Key Azure Active Directory Features:
- Single sign-on to any cloud app
- Enforce Multi-Factor Authentication with SaaS
- Works with multiple platforms and devices
- Integrate with on-premises Active Directory
Active Directory Resources:
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