Azure Active Directory


Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive cloud management solution for identity management and high-quality access that combines core directory services, advanced identity management, and application access management.

Azure AD also provides a rich standard-based platform that allows developers to give access control to their applications, based on centralized policies and rules. AzureĀ  AD Tools is a Microsoft-based cloud-based access and identity management service. Azure AD helps your employees enter and access resources at external resources.

Internal resources, such as applications on corporate and intranet networks, and any cloud applications developed by your organization. You can use several Microsoft Cloud posters for the Enterprise Architects Series to better understand basic identity services in Azure, Azure AD, and Office 365. This article discusses SAML 2.0 authentication requests and responses that are supported by AzureĀ  AD for Single Entry Systems.

Azure Active Directory SAML

The protocol diagram below shows the order of a single entry system. The cloud service (service provider) uses the HTTP Redirect link to forward the AuthnRequest element to Azure Active Directory. Azure AD then uses the HTTP hook to spread response elements to cloud services. You can use Microsoft Azure AD to manage user IDs and passwords that are used to access applications through Single Integrated Entry.

For this federation configuration, Azure AD acts as an identity provider and Cloud Identity functions as a service provider Azure AD Support for SAML 2.0. Microsoft Azure is the core cloud computing infrastructure and platform for creating, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of data centers managed by Microsoft.

Azure AD is a cloud-based access and identity management service. It has default federal capabilities and provides one login for the SaaS application. Applications hosted on Azure can be Microsoft applications such as office365 or non-Microsoft applications such as Box or Dropbox. Azure AD Extends internal Active Directory in the cloud. Azure AD supports the SAML 2.0 protocol to achieve a single login system.

Azure Active Directory Tools

Azure Active Directory features score administrators to configure a single sign-in system for applications that are not in the gallery of the Azure AD application without writing code. This feature was released from the Technical Preview on November 18, 2015 and is included in the Azure AD Premium. If you are looking for instructions for developers about how to integrate special applications with AD Azure through code, see the authentication scenario for Azure AD.

The Azure AD Tools Application Gallery provides a list of applications that are known to support single access forms with Azure AD, as described in this article. After you (as an IT specialist or system component in your organization) search for the application you want to connect to, you can start by following the step-by-step instructions provided at Azure Portal to activate SSO.

Customers with Azure AD Premium also accept this additional capability: Self-service integration for any application that supports SAML 2.0 identity providers (start SP or start IDP). Self-service integration for any Web application that contains HTML-based login pages using password-based SSO. Self-service connections for applications that use the SCIM protocol to provide users (shown here). You can add links to any application on the Office 365 application engine or Azure Access panel.

This can include not only the SaaS application that you are using but not placed in the Azure AD application gallery, but the third-party web application that your organization uses to the server that you control, both in the cloud and on the site. This capability, also known as an application integration template, provides standard-based contact points for applications that support SAML, SCIM, or form based authentication, and include flexible options and settings for compatibility with a large number of applications in Azure Active Directory Site.