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Determine which directory integration scenario to use

Published: October 28, 2013

Updated: October 28, 2013

Applies To: Office 365, Windows Azure, Windows Intune

An important part of planning your Windows Azure Active Directory experience is determining how you want to administer your directory, as well as how your users will sign into Microsoft cloud services.

The objective of this topic is to help you quickly find the list of directory integration features and benefits you need and map them to the most appropriate directory integration scenario.

Use the following decision matrix if your corporate environment has a single on-premises source forest:

 

I need to… Directory Sync Scenario Directory Sync with Password Sync Scenario Directory Sync with Single Sign-On Scenario

Sync new user, contact, and group accounts created in my on-premises Active Directory to the cloud automatically

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Sync incremental updates made to existing accounts in my on-premises Active Directory to the cloud automatically

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Set up my tenant for Office 365 hybrid scenarios

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Enable my users to sign in and access cloud services using their on-premises password

 

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Reduce password administration costs

 

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Control password policies from my on-premises Active Directory

 

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Enable cloud-based multi-factor authentication solutions

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Enable on-premises multi-factor authentication solutions

   

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Ensure user authentications occur in my on-premises Active Directory

   

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Implement single sign-on using corporate credentials

   

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Customize the user Sign-In page

   

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Limit access to cloud services based on the location, client type or Exchange endpoint of the client

   

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If you need to synchronize identity data from a multi-forest on-premises Active Directory environment to Windows Azure AD, see the Multi-forest Directory Sync with Single Sign-On Scenario.

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