I surfed across to the TechNet Forums again to see what they are up to these days and found the Azure AD forum. I haven’t been active in the Forums for quite some time, but finally found some time to post there again.
One of the questions caught me by surprise. I know that all sorts of organizations look into Azure Active Directory now and incorporate it into their cloud strategies. Usually, these organizations have an Windows AD backend that they use to federate with Azure AD – but apparently not all of them.
The question that I’ve found reads similar to this: “Hi, we have created an Azure AD tenant and are actively using it. Now that we’ve purchased some servers that we want to run locally – on-premises – we need an on-premises Active Directory, too.”
Funny enough, they are doing things the other way around than I’d say 98% of organizations out there leveraging the Microsoft cloud. Ultimately, they’re trying to achieve the same thing: manage identities and leverage on-premises infrastructure as well as cloud resources integrated into Azure AD – which likely leads to federation and directory synchronization.