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Mastering Identity and Access Management with Microsoft Azure

By : Jochen Nickel
Book Image

Mastering Identity and Access Management with Microsoft Azure

By: Jochen Nickel

Overview of this book

Microsoft Azure and its Identity and Access Management is at the heart of Microsoft’s Software as a Service, including Office 365, Dynamics CRM, and Enterprise Mobility Management. It is an essential tool to master in order to effectively work with the Microsoft Cloud. Through practical, project based learning this book will impart that mastery. Beginning with the basics of features and licenses, this book quickly moves on to the user and group lifecycle required to design roles and administrative units for role-based access control (RBAC). Learn to design Azure AD to be an identity provider and provide flexible and secure access to SaaS applications. Get to grips with how to configure and manage users, groups, roles, and administrative units to provide a user- and group-based application and self-service access including the audit functionality. Next find out how to take advantage of managing common identities with the Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 and build cloud identities with the Azure AD Connect utility. Construct blueprints with different authentication scenarios including multi-factor authentication. Discover how to configure and manage the identity synchronization and federation environment along with multi -factor authentication, conditional access, and information protection scenarios to apply the required security functionality. Finally, get recommendations for planning and implementing a future-oriented and sustainable identity and access management strategy.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Mastering Identity and Access Management with Microsoft Azure
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Choosing the Right Technology, Methods, and Future Trends

Special handling for moving to a multi-forest Active Directory environment

Microsoft provides three main integration scenarios that can be used standalone or combined in a hybrid IAM architecture. The first scenario builds the cloud identity scenario which we have already discussed and implemented in the first chapters of the book. The next two scenarios are:

  • Synchronized Identities: Azure AD Connect with password synchronization

  • Federated Identities: Azure AD Connect and ADFS for federation and local passwords will be used

As you can see, the Azure AD Connect tool is always required for any hybrid scenario you drive. So we need to start the supported topologies so that you can move to a single or multi forest scenario combined with single or multiple Azure Active Directories.

Supported topologies

The following topologies are supported by Microsoft:

  • Single Forest mapped to single Azure AD

  • This scenario is a commonly used one. Single forest and a single instance of Azure AD. For this scenario...