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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Azure Tech Selector – 2017 Edition

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A couple of years ago Endjin put together the Azure Tech Selector – a handy poster which walks you through the technology choices you can make for common cloud workloads.

Endjin, a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform, have produced some guidance to help you walk through your options, and make pragmatic choices based on the functionality, workflow, connectivity and scale needed by your solution.

Confused by the difference between Azure Websites and Web Roles? WebJobs vs. Worker Roles? Table Storage vs. SQL Azure? Cloud Queues vs. ServiceBus? Want to know when you should be using Azure Data Factory, HDInsight or Stream Analytics?

To help guide you through the maze of options, Endjin have created a free poster, which you can download here.

by Matthew Adams, Endjin blog

Get your Microsoft Azure Icon Set Download – Visio stencil, PowerPoint, PNG, SVG – Build Azure


The Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set is a Free download from Microsoft that includes the icons for all the different Microsoft Azure services and other products. These icons are extremely helpful in creating much nicer architectural diagrams for systems that use Microsoft Azure services. These icons can be used to help you have fun in creating internal project diagrams to impress your co-workers or boss. Or, you can use these icons to give your architecture diagrams and project documentation a more professional look before you deliver to your clients.

You can download the Icon set here: Microsoft Azure, Cloud and Enterprise Symbol / Icon Set – Visio stencil, PowerPoint, PNG, SVG

I use these icons in images for designs also for my user group / conference talk slides, and in my day2day job. They really help enhance the professional look and feel of the content that I build.

I hope these help you in enhancing the look of your own diagrams, project specifications, etc. too!

In addition; The new Azure logo is not yet included. There are a couple images for the new icon here

If you want to be the first to know about new updates, I suggest you follow Chris his blog I certainly do 🙂

Thanks to: Chris Pietschmann, Microsoft MVP

A new Azure logo




Old Logo (left) and New Logo (right)

Out of the MANY different announcements made @Ignite is the fact that Microsoft has created a new logo for the Microsoft Azure cloud. The old logo could be described as a cloud with a module connected to it. It wasn’t exceptional, but it was unique to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft released a brand new logo for Microsoft Azure. Not only that! But, Microsoft has released a new “Azure Manifesto” video as well to inspire all of us “change agents” to unlock the power of the cloud!

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