We have discussed in the previous post about overview of Microsoft
Azure Active Directory. Let’s see how to create Active Directory in the Azure
As of now there are two portals available with Microsoft
Target Audience: Beginners, IT Administrators, Cloud Enthusiasts
- . Microsoft Azure Classic Portal
- Microsoft Azure Preview Portal
- How to Create Directory in Azure Portal
We can create or manage Active Directory in Microsoft Azure
in Classic Portal. It is important to remember that Azure AD is a multi-tenant
service and whenever we create a new Azure subscription, we get an Azure AD
instance by default.
Azure AD is
not a replacement of Windows Directory; we can synchronize on-premise Azure
Directory with Azure AD with “Azure AD Connect” and on premise identities can
be used in Cloud too. If organization has ADFS infrastructure in place then it
can be utilized as well. In such scenario, users can be authenticated against on-premise
For Cloud and Internal Application, Azure AD can be used for
We can create a new directory or we can use existing
directory as well. To add an existing directory, we need to have global admin
rights for it before associating it in Microsoft Azure.
To create a Directory in Azure, follow the below steps
Select from Create new directory or Use Existing Directory
- Name: Name of the Directory
- Domain Name: Domain Name along with onmicrosoft.com
- Country or Region: To select Data center to host Directory. We can’t change it later. This option is available at the time of directory creation only.
- B2C (Preview Feature): Select it for Business to Consumer Application. This option is available at the time of directory creation only.
- Use Existing Directory
in as a Global Admin of the directory you want to use in Azure
Is there any DNS name given to Directory created in Azure AD? Answer is Yes. By default it will be <directory_name>.onmicrosoft.com
User Name will be <user_name>@<directory_name>.onmicrosoft.com
Is it possible to associate our own domain name with Azure Directory? Answer is Yes.
We can assign custom domain owned by us to the Azure Active Directory. SO in this case it can be <directory_name>.com and not <directory_name>.onmicrosoft.com
Labels: Active Directory, Cloud Computing, DNS, IAAS, Microsoft Azure