Friday, April 12, 2013

Windows Azure Active Directory Feature Overview

Microsoft has released one more new feature in the line on windows azure. This feature is called windows azure Active directory. By sweet name I called it as WAAD J

Someone can easily misinterpret it as cloud version of Active Directory. Though this is not true in the all senses, you can push your current active directory in WAAD.

What problems are solves:

Well, it depends on what you want to achieve. Some common features are:

  • Same application can be used by two different organizations with their own active directory users.
  • You can have single sign on functionality on all your application.
  • If you are small organization and you don’t have active directory users, you can directly add used on WAAD. No need to invest in authentication/authorization infrastructure.
  • Highly scalable, as it is hosted on Azure cloud.
  • Very attractive for SAS developers.

Hello Developers!!!!

I am still a developer, as I like to be. Here are some things which can help you on development with WAAD.

1) Integration of WAAD is very much easy. If you have integrated ACS previously, this can be done with your left hand J

Pretty much same steps are ACS.

More help?? http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/windowsazure/dn151790.aspx

2) After you integrate you will only get certain claims, most important you will not get GROUP Claim. To get group Claim you have to do GRAPH API calls.

More help?? http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn151791.aspx

3) If you want to create user, you can create it from Windows azure portal. It seems Microsoft forgot to develop we interface for some functionality.

Like Add Group, Add User To Group etc.

But, nothing to worry. We have always had powerful, PowerShell commands to achieve everything which is mission on UI.

More help ?? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj151815.aspx