On Dec 31 Azure AD will no longer accept communications from DirSync and Azure AD Sync

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DirSync & Azure AD Sync refused by Azure AD per December 31st. Upgrade to Azure AD Connect NOW!

Azure AD Connect is the best way to connect your on-premises directory with Azure AD and Office 365. The time to upgrade to Azure AD Connect from Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) or Azure AD Sync has come! As these tools are now deprecated and will reach end of life on December 31, 2017.

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Azure AD DS in the new Azure portal is GA

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You can configure Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS) by using the new Azure portal (portal.azure.com). This feature is now GA (generally available) in all Azure regions that the service supports.

All existing managed domains have been migrated to the new portal from the Azure classic portal. You can configure and manage existing managed domains by using the new Azure portal.

To get started, see the documentation.

 

Azure Reference Architecture and best practices – Integrate on-premises Active Directory domains with Azure Active Directory

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More and more often in my client projects, I need to integrate or expand Identity and Access Management. Almost always the situation is that a client, locally has an active directory in use and would like to associate this with cloud resources. As an Architect I find it very important to implement according guidelines of Microsoft and make good use of reference architectures. I want to share these reference architectures, which I use with the community, so we can all make good use of these guidelines.

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud based multi-tenant directory and identity service.This article describes best practices for integrating on-premises Active Directory domains and forests with Azure AD to provide cloudbased identity authentication.

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