For customers who are struggling with federating Active Directory and other directory stores with Microsoft Online Services (Windows Azure and Office 365), Microsoft has made a confession: “integrating your on premises identities with Azure AD is harder than it should be” and requires “too many pages of documentation to read, too many different tools to download and configure, and far too much on premises hardware required.”
The good news? It has done (and is continuing to do) something about it, in the form of a new, “four-clicks-and-you’re-done” tool: Azure Active Directory Preview.
The tool is currently in Beta and is billed as “a single wizard that performs all of the steps you would otherwise have to do manually for connecting Active Directory and local directories to Azure Active Directory.”
That means it installs all the required bits of .NET Framework, the Azure Active Directory Powershell Module and the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant, then gets Dirsync up and running between your on-premise environment and Microsoft Azure.
For now, the tool only allows a single Active Directory forest with Windows Azure Active Directory, but Microsoft promises to bring more forests into the cloud in future.
Customers wishing to join the program will find the following information useful:
To join the program through Microsoft Connect: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=396558
For more information about AADSync: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=393942