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Windows Azure Active Directory

Publicado: abril de 2013

Atualizado: abril de 2013

Windows Azure Active Directory is a service that provides identity and access capabilities for on-premises and cloud applications. Developers can use features of Windows Azure AD to:

  • Implement single sign-on and single sign-out for enterprise applications and software as a service (SaaS) providers

  • Query and manage cloud directory objects, such as users and groups, by using the Graph API

  • Integrate with on-premises Active Directory to sync directory data to the cloud and enable single sign-on across on-premises and cloud applications

As a highly-available and highly-scalable service of Windows Azure, Windows Azure AD can be used to manage identities of both small and large organizations. It enables organizations to use their corporate credentials to authenticate to new or existing applications, factoring out the authentication process and eliminating the need for many different identities. Organizations that already use on-premise Active Directory can synchronize their identities with Windows Azure AD to provide seamless integration between on-premises and cloud resources.

Application developers can integrate their applications with Windows Azure AD to provide single sign-on functionality for their users. This enables enterprise applications to be hosted in the cloud and to easily authenticate users with corporate credentials. It also enables SaaS providers to provide easier authentication for users in Windows Azure AD organizations when authenticating to their services.

For general information about the Windows Azure AD service, see What is Windows Azure Active Directory?.

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Read the sections below to learn more about the features of Windows Azure AD and how it can be used for your organization and applications.

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