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General Availability release of Windows Azure AD

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Windows Azure AD goes GA


Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team blog

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The Windows Azure Active Directory Graph Team has a blog:

“Windows Azure Active Directory( AAD ) provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. The AAD graph API will let you access the information in the directory through a very simple RESTful service.”

This post has an overview and context for AAD and you can try out the Graph API here (and click Use Demo Company).

IGNITE events for Office 365 and Exchange

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Regional Office and Exchange teams run “Ignite” training events for new waves of their products. I have attended online versions from both the US and UK in the past. The events are often over two days and are very useful for getting up to speed. The teams also have related webcasts and a selection covering topics such as: Hybrid deployment, Cutover and Staged migrations, Click-to-run deployment amongst others are available to replay (with presentation downloads) here.

The webcast on Identities and Single Sign on is interesting as it covers Windows Azure Active Directory tenancy and the Graph API that I have mentioned before.


On multi-forest AD the presentation indicates:

Multi-forest AD support is available through Microsoft-led deployments
Multi-forest DirSync appliance supports multiple dis-joint account forests
FIM 2010 Office 365 connector supports complex multi-forest topologies

If you find that presentation relevant then you might also want to check out the session from TechEd 2012 on Office 365 Identity Federation Technology Deep-Dive.

If you are responsible for the on-premise Active Directory that synchronizes to Office 365 using DirSync then you might want to look at the IdFix DirSync Error Remediation tool for object and attribute  sanitization.

Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2013 – session videos available

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Videos of talks covering topics in:

Windows server
Virtualization & Cloud
System Management
Unified Communication
Windows Client
Partner talks

given at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference held in January are now available. There’s broad coverage by many well-known speakers, see the Agenda for links to the videos.

New sign-in experience for Windows Azure AD services

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Written by adamsync

February 7, 2013 at 23:12

Windows Azure Active Directory update

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In an earlier post I explained that AD DS on Windows Azure Virtual Machines is not Windows Azure Active Directory and later last year Microsoft announced that two key features of Windows Azure Active Directory are available at no charge.

There is now a whitepaper available that covers Active Directory from on premises to the cloud; here’s a snip of the content.


UPDATE: Microsoft have added an additional paper at the same link:

‘The technical article “Leveraging Windows Azure AD from Windows 8 based Line Of Business (LOB) applications” that comes along with the whitepaper further illustrates how a mobile LOB application built on top of the Windows Store app model can be “connected” to the organization’s Windows Azure AD directory tenant, and how to federate a cloud REST API built with .NET with that directory tenant and consume this API from a Windows Store app. Step-by-step instructions are provided to easily reproduce the configuration.’

Written by adamsync

January 26, 2013 at 00:04