What is Azure Active Directory?

by Russell Smith

In today's Ask the Admin, I'll explain what Azure Active Directory is and how is works compared to Windows Server Active Directory. You've probably heard of Azure Active Directory (AAD) even if you don't know how it differs from Active Directory in Windows Server. Azure AD is a multi-tenant cloud-based directory and identity management service… Read More

Microsoft Enables Longer Azure Active Directory Passwords

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

You can now protect your Azure Active Directory account with a 256-character password, including spaces. This news will bring much joy to Office 365 administrators and others who hated the previous 16-character limit, but please don't rush into forcing users to change their passwords without taking the time to pause and consider how best to proceed. Longer passwords are good, but they should be only one part of a strategy to protect user accounts.

Microsoft Previews Azure Active Directory Entitlement Management

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft launched the preview of Entitlement Management, a new part of their Azure Active Directory Identity Governance program. The idea is that you can manage access to resources via policy, which seems to be a good thing, especially in large organizations where objects like Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Sites, and Teams might just get a little out of hand. The preview is interesting, but like all previews, it needs some work to be ready for prime time.

Azure Active Directory External Collaboration Policy Now Generally Available

by Tony Redmond

Office 365 makes it easy to collaborate with external users through Office 365 Groups and Teams, both of which use Azure B2B Collaboration. In fact, collaboration is so easy that users might be carried away and share with all and sundry, including your competitors. Which is why it's nice to have a policy to control sharing with certain domains that works for applications like Groups, Teams, and Planner.