Difference between Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Azure Active Directory(Azure AD), and managed Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)

Microsoft Active Directory (AD) was released about 20 years ago with Windows Server 2000 on February 17, 2000. Additional flavors of AD were announced as part of Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service offering by Microsoft. This article compares the three distinct identity services offered by Microsoft.

  1. Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  2. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
  3. Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)

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What is Azure Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and how it works

What is RBAC?

When it comes to identity and access, most organizations that are considering using the public cloud are concerned about two things:

  1. Ensuring that when people leave the organization, they lose access to resources in the cloud.
  2. Striking the right balance between autonomy and central governance – for example, giving project teams the ability to create and manage virtual machines in the cloud while centrally controlling the networks those VMs use to communicate with other resources.

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) work together to make it simple to carry out these goals.

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