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Azure Active Directory

Published: April 16, 2012

Updated: February 3, 2015

Applies To: Azure, Office 365, Windows Intune

Welcome to the Microsoft Azure Active Directory Library for IT Professionals and Users. The topics in this library are organized by the following two audience segments in order to provide an improved content browsing experience for customers who need to integrate or interact with the various components of the Azure Active Directory (AD) service:

  • Directory Administrators - Directory admins can find the online help content that is applicable to the portals used by Windows Intune, Office 365, and Azure to manage identity and organization-specific information in your cloud directory. For more information about how portals work with Azure AD, see Administering your Azure AD directory.

    For administrators who want more information about how to sign up and create an account for Azure and Microsoft online services such as Office 365 and Windows Intune, see Sign up for Azure as an organization. When you sign up for Azure, an Azure AD directory instance is automatically provisioned to authenticate sign in.

  • Users – Users can find help for how to sign in, manage their profile, change their password or update other organizational account-related information. For more information, see Help for users.

    For users of Windows Server Essentials who want more information about how to create an account for Microsoft online services, see Create Online Accounts.

For general information about the Azure AD service, see What is an Azure AD directory?.

Microsoft cloud services today, such as Windows Intune and Office 365, rely on the identity management capabilities provided by Azure AD. These capabilities include a cloud based store for directory data and a core set of identity services including user logon processes, authentication and federation services. In addition, organizations that subscribe to these cloud services can use Azure AD to configure single sign-on to allow interoperability with their existing on-premises Active Directory environment.

To watch an informative video demonstrating how Azure AD works, see [Video] Azure AD: Control Access to Azure.

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