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Consultant
Consultant with 10,001+ employees
Nov 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that it's an ecosystem in itself is probably the best one. It fits into the whole Microsoft stack. Everything this year is all about stacks, and I tend to agree… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Back in '96, '97, '98, nobody was doing intake. So that was a new thing that came in 2000. And it created the container based inherited permissions, which was new for that… more»

What needs improvement?

I guess price would be the thing, and some of the proprietary lock-in. But, I guess documentation and support would be good. The features are fine. I wouldn't suggest any… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There's no such thing as a "free lunch." If you'd save money here, it costs money there. If you pay more upfront, you pay less when you get off. The market equals itself… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have prior experiene with Novell.

What other advice do I have?

Last year Microsoft had said that the onsite Active Directory ,as we know it, is going to be deprecated. So that means group policy, that means security groups, the NTLM… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There's a couple of other options on the market like Okta, and a few things like that. They're quite simple, and because they're separate from the whole Microsoft… more»
Edgar Parra
Real User
Technical Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 20 2018

What is most valuable?

Apart from MFA and the SSO capabilities, I would say one of the amazing things is that you don't have a limit in the objects that you can create in Active Directory in Azure. Azure AD Premium doesn't have a limit in terms of User/Computer… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When logging on to Azure AD it's pretty quick. This is because it is managed by Microsoft and there isn't too much administrative overhead for our System Administrators in setting up a bunch of complicated policies to allow the users to log… more»

What needs improvement?

The natural evolution of things because obviously Azure Active Directory has a way to authenticate against on-prem normally you would need to have a Domain Controller on-premise and have either SSO or or Federation Services to be able to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not familiar with the pricing of the solution.

What other advice do I have?

I don't know if it's something that's going to be addressed in the future, or not, but having Azure AD the boundary of action for Active Directory as a region when you define the domain so you can't extend the domain to another region… more»
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Ken Meyer
Consultant
Senior Consultant - Owner with 1-10 employees
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The self-password reset if it's enabled and configured properly, really helps a company be able to reset rather than getting IT involved. Additionally, the capability of adding that single sign-on for other pieces that you might want to run… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've been in the Azure space since it started out and in the Microsoft Cloud AD since the BPOS days in the early 2000s, and it's just a product that made life simpler for my clients to be able to integrate everything.

What needs improvement?

One of the things with Windows 10 as a company client's software is that they're using it on laptops, desktops, or whatever. In Active Directory Premium, you can control the sign-in and the spaces where documents might be kept on that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is easy.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest piece of advice is if you're planning for all applications that need authentication, and making sure that all applications that need authentication or that you're going against, that you're using the premium parts of Active… more»
John ONeill
Real User
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The centralized management feature is very valuable. Being able to delete stuff in one place, from any location is really great for us. In addition, we do not have to deploy lots of machines all over the place to run things as a service, which is how we like to deploy things, just as a service. So… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be nice if it had some visualization tools. A bit of visualization would be really nice to show your Azure directory structure. It would be very good because you might have sub-domains and odds-and-ends going on. So, a bit of visualization would be really good. Being able to plug it… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It looks like they're just making everything as a service and it is pay per user, and that just works for me. It's really good. Gets the cost down and lets you scale if you need it.

What other advice do I have?

It is easy to use, straightforward, and in my language. It does exactly what is says, and does not pretend to be anything else.
Consultant
Cloud Consultant at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Nov 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The most beneficial feature would be the effectiveness of having a hybrid set-up. When we need to create an account, we create it in Auto Activator 3. Even though the users are created and managed in Windows really, we can use all the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

From the beginning when I joined the company, they were already using Azure AD Premium. The most wanted features would be the synchronization between the Windows AD, Azure AD, because there are so many capabilities that just because we… more»

What needs improvement?

Right now I can't point out a particular feature, but sometimes when we work, it evolves. There are so many features that are out recently, so it'd be hard to set up MSA for obvious remote users, so users who are using Azure are hard to use… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's really affordable. It does not feel as if it is too costly. It's okay to spend this money for this product or feature. Yeah, I think it's affordable.

What other advice do I have?

If you have connections with a PSP partner, it will be easy, I guess. If you're buying an Azure AD Premium independently, you won't have a helping hand from them. You'll have support but, not much other than that. With a PSP partner, you… more»
Rajeev Jha
Real User
Database Manager at Wartsila India Ltd
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the way it communicates to the cloud.

How has it helped my organization?

We basically use this for Skype. We are using the cloud environment and we need the Active directory to be ticketed so if we can call and they can log in at the moment. Apart from that, we use it for video connections. If people are working… more»

What needs improvement?

Whatever business requirements we needed in the past three years, users were created, with the name of the user and they were not connected with the Active Directory. We were trying to in house in three years and with directory, but we were… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a really nice tool and we have a license for the more complex model. It is not too expensive.

What other advice do I have?

Be aware that it may not work perfectly globally yet. There are still glitches with the solution in Africa.
Jaydeep Mehta
Consultant
Senior Analyst - IT Development at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 31 2018

What is most valuable?

We find the Integration accessory integration the most valuable feature. You can have your application integrated with an actual directory. You don't need to do much code, you can use interfaces and it's a direct integration. So, no need to worry about the requirements of your application.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us with maintaining enterprise identities and integrating enterprise in those applications are some of the assignments. We do have an expanded feature. We have captured video, so that other people can get their hands on getting used to it. That is, they can get used to the platform and… more»

What needs improvement?

The licensing cost is a bit prohibitive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have some prior experience with Oracle Unified Directory, as well. It is a less compliant directory service. In comparison, Azure Active Directory is mostly used with tighter integration. In most of the cases, enterprises are using Office 365 for the communication site online. If you have a… more»
Consultant
Senior Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 12 2018

What is most valuable?

Most of the time, this product is doing purpose-built solutions. Some people on my team like the multi-step authentication. Others like the fact that it secures their resources externally.

How has it helped my organization?

From a practice point of view, of storing secrets internally on Azure AD, we use the certificate when we can. I would advise to allow an ex-client user to change their password. At present, you can only change your password externally if your password is still valid. If your password is expired, you… more»

What needs improvement?

We found the ADFS being a redundant part of the solution. But, it was removed. The licensing is a bit confusing if you are not going into the premium model.

What other advice do I have?

When implementing for one client, where they ad ADFS turned on, we could not ID enough ADFS and when there was no internet connection. This was a Catch-22 for us, and very frustrating. I would advise new users to use Azure over the ADFS.
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Azure Active Directory Premium provides single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps you run on-premises. Built for ease of use, Azure Active Directory Premium features multi-factor authentication (MFA); access control based on device health, user location, and identity; and holistic security reports, audits, and alerts.

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