Deployment scenarios for Office 365 with single sign-on and Azure
Applies to: Office 365
Topic Last Modified: 2015-04-27
Summary: Introduces Office 365 deployment scenarios that use single sign-on and Azure Virtual Machines.
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When you deploy all the Office 365 federation components on Azure Virtual Machines, you get some advantages over an on-premises deployment. These advantages include rapid implementation, predictable costs, and no additional on-premises servers being required. Alternatively, you can host a subset of the federation components in Azure while deploying some components on-premises.
Although additional options are possible, there are three optimal deployment scenarios:
Scenario 1: All Office 365 SSO integration components deployed on-premises. This is the traditional approach; you deploy directory synchronization and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) by using on-premises servers.
Scenario 2: All Office 365 SSO integration components deployed in Azure. This is the new, cloud-only approach; you deploy directory synchronization and AD FS in Azure. This eliminates the need to deploy on-premises servers.
Scenario 3: Some Office 365 SSO integration components deployed in Azure for disaster recovery. This is the mix of on-premises and cloud-deployed components; you deploy directory synchronization and AD FS, primarily on-premises and add redundant components in Azure for disaster recovery.
The following articles provide information about deployment scenarios for Office 365 with single sign-on (SSO) using Virtual Machines: