Intro to Azure AD B2C

A lot of new features came out the last couple of years all focussed on enabling cloud scenarios for enterprises. This is achieved by bringing your corporate identity to the cloud using a hybrid scenario or by creating a whole new identity. These scenarios are all based on the Azure Active Directory type of tenant. Now Microsoft introduced a new type of tenant named Azure Active Directory Business to Consumer.

This brand new service in the Microsoft’s identity flagship is bringing a lot of new “consumer facing” functionalities to the enterprises. Managing your corporate identity using a single IdP is a common scenario and is nothing different like we did back in the days using AD. Managing customer identities on the other end is something, most enterprises, leave up to the different applications in the landscape itself (storing identities in its own databases). But by using Azure AD B2C this is not required anymore. This new Microsoft tenant is capable of establishing trust relationships with multiple applications and providing authentication services. Nothing new so far compared to the existing Azure AD tenant. What makes this B2C tenant so unique? … Read more…

Monitor your Hybrid Identity scenario’s using Azure AD Connect Health

Microsoft released some new public preview features including Azure AD Connect Health. This preview release is focused on hybrid identity scenarios and mainly on the product Active Directory Federation Services. Azure AD Connect Health enables customers and users to have detailed insights in how their Active Directory Federation Services is performing including the number of authentication attempts, usage et cetera. This blog will go into more detail on what this feature brings and how you can enable it in your environment. … Read more…

Single Sign On to your Cloud Applications using Azure AD

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Since a few years a lot of applications are being offered as a service in the cloud. This Software as a Service model has become very popular because it provides more flexibility without worrying about configuring and maintaining the infrastructure and platform where the application runs. More and more companies are starting to make use of this type of services. Sometimes the employees are already using it and the IT organisation is not even aware of it. Some good examples in this case are Dropbox or OneDrive which are frequently used by employees at home. On the other hand, even when the IT organisation is aware of the usage of cloud applications or maybe they even introduced them; How can you be in control of for example access and how can you provide a Single Sign On experience for your employees as they have with their on-premises applications? … Read more…

Azure Active Directory Sync – Part 1

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Azure AD Sync has reached general availability a few months ago. This triggered me to write a post about Microsoft’s new directory synchronisation tool which will replace Dirsync in time.

Azure AD Sync and Azure AD Connect

When you are looking in to the ability to extend your on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, you will find out there are several tools available with its own functionalities. As we will do a deep dive into Azure AD Sync, I will … Read more…