What is Azure AD Connect? It’s a fair question considering Microsoft has a lot to offer in the way of Active Directory® (AD) and domain controller platforms under its umbrella. Because Microsoft’s naming schema is somewhat confusing, you are not alone in wondering what exactly Azure AD Connect is and how it fits into the overall approach that Microsoft has taken to directory services. Well, continue reading this blog to find out the answer to the question, “What is Azure AD Connect?”
Azure AD Connect in a Nutshell
To put it simply, Azure AD Connect is a bridge solution between an organization’s on-prem Active Directory instance and cloud-based Azure Active Directory. AD Connect enables IT admins to federate on-prem user identities to the Azure platform. Actually, it’s a good way to enable single sign-on (SSO) without having to set up an Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) instance. So, for Microsoft-focused organizations, this concept of an identity bridge solution, which is very much like the concept of Google Cloud Directory Sync (formerly called Google Apps Directory Sync, GCDS or GADS), makes a lot of sense. So how does Azure AD Connect and Azure AD fit in with the rest of Microsoft’s strategy for Active Directory?
Azure is Complementary, Not Standalone
To sum it up, Microsoft’s strategy with Azure Active Directory hasn’t been to deliver it as a cloud-based replacement to on-prem Active Directory. So, in order to get these two very different services to communicate, additional software was required. AD Connect is that software. What Azure AD Connect does is it enables the connection (hence the name) between these two platforms. Azure AD Connect effectively works by shuttling identities from AD to the Azure Active Directory platform. However, AD Connect is just one of the optional solutions that can be utilized.
Microsoft’s Stable of AD Solutions
For organizations leveraging Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), IT admins can also leverage Active Directory Federated Services (AD FS), or, they can take advantage of Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Azure AD Domain Services creates a domain within the Azure platform. Ultimately, (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/what-is-azure-ad-connect/