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Windows Azure adds federation support for Windows Server Active Directory

Microsoft is making strides in making Azure more accessible to hybrid infrastructures. This week, it rolled out a change that could benefit those who authenticate with Windows Azure.

The Azure Management Portal now integrates with Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) and adds federation support for admins with on-premises Windows Server Active Directory, said Alex Simons, the director of  Microsoft’s Active Directory program in a blog post on the company’s site.

He said the immediate benefit for IT professionals is that the Azure subscription could be tied to an employee’s status at a company. If the employee leaves, deactivation on the local AD would be reflected in Azure.

The same is true of setting policies. Any change made to password requirements made through Windows Server AD would be passed on to WAAD.

Plus, for those weary of having to remember or manage a large number of passwords, this integration means that Single Sign-On (SSO) is possible. Passwords on Windows Server AD are never moved to the cloud; they are validated on-premises.

The blog post explains how to get all of these changes up and running.

Are you going to test federation support? Let us know if you have any success in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServ

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