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Azure Active Directory

Security & Backup
Azure Active Directory

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Azure Directory is a cloud-based identity and access management service that delivers simple, scalable and reliable authentication and authorization for your applications. Azure Directory helps you manage identities for your users and groups, control access to resources, and secure your data. With Azure Directory, you can easily connect to the cloud services your business depends on.

Azure Active Directory Free is included in many Office 365 plans as standard.

Azure Active Directory: Features & Capabilities

Azure AD goes beyond the capabilities of traditional Active Directories in several ways:

  • Single Sign-On (SSO): Azure AD provides seamless SSO to thousands of cloud applications, enabling users to access all their resources with just one set of credentials.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide additional verification methods during the authentication process, such as fingerprint recognition or a mobile app notification.
  • Device Management: Azure AD integrates with Microsoft Endpoint Manager to oversee device security and compliance effectively. This integration centralises device management processes, such as remote data wipes or setting up configuration profiles for different types of devices.
  • Conditional Access: Grant access to resources based on predefined conditions, such as user location, device type, or risk level. This feature allows you to implement context-based security policies that adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Identity Protection: Identify potential security risks and threats by analysing the behavior of users, devices, and resources. Azure AD’s advanced analytics help reveal vulnerabilities and protect against targeted attacks.


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Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provides seamless integration with a wide range of Microsoft’s products, applications, devices, and platforms to foster productivity and enhance security across your organisation. For example, Azure AD can be utilised with Microsoft 365 or Office 365, allowing users to access applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook with just a single sign-on experience. It also integrates with other popular applications, like Microsoft Teams, to manage access and permissions. Azure AD can be set up to provision users in cloud-based services, such as SharePoint Online and OneDrive, making the onboarding process more efficient. For developers, the integration of Azure AD with various tools and platforms, like Visual Studio, eases the process of implementing authentication and authorization features. Furthermore, Azure AD extends its functionality by working with personal, corporate, and IoT devices, ensuring secure access in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment. Overall, Azure AD’s integration capabilities streamline business processes, offering a secure and user-friendly access management experience.

  • Directory objects
  • User / Group Management / User-based provisioning, Device registration
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
  • B2B collaboration
  • Self-service Password Change for cloud users
  • Connect (sync engine that extends on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory)
  • Security / Usage reports
  • Premium and Basic features
  • Group-based access management/provisioning
  • Self-service password reset for cloud users
  • Company Branding on login pages and access panel
  • Application proxy
  • SLA
  • Premium features
  • Self-service group and app management / Self-service application additions / Dynamic groups
  • Self-service password reset / change / unlock with on-premises writeback
  • Device objects two-way synchronisation between on-premises directories and Azure AD (Device write-back)
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (Cloud and On-premises (MFA Server))
  • Microsoft Identity Manager user CAL
  • Cloud app discovery
  • Connect health
  • Automatic password rollover for group accounts
  • Conditional access based on group and location
  • Conditional access based on device state (allow access from managed devices)
  • Identity protection
  • Privileged Identity Management
  • Windows 10-only features
  • Join a device to Azure AD, Desktop SSO, Windows Hello for Azure AD, Administrator Bitlocker recovery
  • MDM auto-enrolment, Self-service Bitlocker recovery, Additional local administrators to Windows 10 devices via Azure AD Join, Enterprise State Roaming


  • 500,000 object limit
  • 10 Apps per user
  • 3 Basic reports
  • No object limit


  • No object limit
  • 10 Apps per user
  • 3 Basic reports
  • No object limit

Premium P1

£4.50per month
  • No object limit
  • No limit
  • Advanced reports

Premium P2

£6.80per month
  • No object limit
  • No limit
  • Advanced reports

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