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Azure Active Directory

In a cloud-based structure, It is necessary to use multiple Azure logins at the same time because the employees need to access different services like Azure container services, SQL database, machine learning to complete their individual/team tasks. But it is hard to manage when multiple employees try to log in at the same time and that’s when Azure Active Directory comes into the picture.

Azure Active Directory(AD)

Azure Active Directory(AD) is Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-tenant identity used to manage Azure services. Using Active Directory, the administrator can assign a single set of login credentials to multiple Azure services without any issues. AD is a pillar of the office 365 system and you can concur this with a premise active directory to provide authentication for another cloud system using OAuth.

Through Azure AD, you can enable both on-premises and cloud users to utilize Apps and benefiting other features such as conditional access, multi-factor authentication, and more.

How does AD (Azure Directory) work?

AD is an information resource-based container that contains username, credentials, and access rights. Azure AD is a new platform that supports cloud structure using REST APIs to transfer the data between any system to cloud applications. It’s a single-tenant application but leaving this AD from the circle will lead you to lose some agency over your stuff.

On the cloud-only model, AD allows the groups/users to log in to their PCs using directory services. But in a hybrid model, the organizations are integrated with a legacy structure where Azure AD uses your local directory for account data and operates in different hybrid modes.

Service users and groups

There are three categories of people who mainly depend on the Azure active directory for their daily activities/ works. Users in AD will appear in both in/outside of AD. For inside users, they can access through identities, and for outside users, a Microsoft account will be helpful to utilize the application.

Azure Administrators

They should be responsible for all Azure service access and login credentials. The Azure administrators also resolve the authentication issue, implement, manage and monitor the Azure identity, and more.

Azure Developers

The developers can utilize these Azure services to build enterprise-grade Azure applications. Developing becomes more easy and quick when the developer can access multiple Azure resources and applications. This should be possible only with Azure AD.

Online Customers

They are the end-users of Azure services like Office 365, CRM services, and more.

How to add users and groups to Azure AD

You can add people to your organization inside from outside tenants and possibly to give specific access. There are multiple ways to integrate the organization’s users and groups in Azure AD.

  • Powershell, Script the process to add new users.
  • Using Azure AD management portal.
  • You can program the process using Azure ADgraph API.
  • It is possible to directly sync users from Windows AD to Azure AD through the Azure AD Connect.

How to secure Azure AD?

As Azure AD is available on the internet, it is the easiest target for hackers to collect login credentials from data dumps to break Azure AD. To avoid this kind of attack, you should enable the setting to receive the warning when it opens from an untrusted source. Here, there are a few options to secure your Azure AD further.

  • Enable SSO(Single Sign-On)
  • Block legacy protocols
  • Automate applications provision
  • Enable Microsoft Cloud Access Security(MCAS)

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There are several myths floating regarding DevOps in the IT industry today! It is not surprising to read them, especially given it is the latest trend and every organization jumping onto the wagon. 

From our experience, we can say that DevOps is worth the hype. If done and implemented properly, this DevOps approach can help in delivering a massive positive effect on organizations and businesses. It helps in reducing costs, improving performances, and breaking down silos between different teams. 

We look at the most common myths that are doing the recent rounds– 

  1. DevOps is only for the web 
  2. DevOps is only related to engineering and operations 
  3. DevOps is not suited for implementation in regulated industries 
  4. DevOps cannot exist without a cloud
  5. There is only a single approach to Azure DevOps 
  6. Purchasing DevOps tools are the same as doing DevOps
  7. DevOps and Agile Development is the same
  8. DevOps only focusses on improving quality and stability

Granted that we come across these talks through our walks of life in both the IT and non-IT industry, there is a lot more truth hidden behind every statement. Yes, this term has been boomed thanks to the ever-growing startup culture as well as the ever-increasing and expanding IT world.

Let’s now look as to which all are true and to what extent.

  • DevOps are only for the web

It is true that this practice initially began with companies that were born on the web. But over time, large organizations and corporations have successfully incorporated this practice and principles in their work culture in non-tech space. 

  • DevOps is only related to engineering and operations 

Yes, the term DevOps is made up of development and operations. And that is how the concept was initiated. But in current times, this approach has been modified to empower whole organizations. Everyone involved in the delivery of the product has a part to play in this process. 

  • DevOps is not suited for implementation in regulated industries 

Understandable that in a regulated industry, there is an extreme need for checks and balances, but this does not hinder the DevOps process. In contrast, DevOps helps with compliance if implemented properly. Automated process flows and tools can help in maintaining audit trails. 

  • DevOps cannot exist without cloud 

It is true that when people think of DevOps, the next thought that comes to mind is the need for cloud computing. Cloud does help testers and developers deploy, test, and make changes rapidly. But if properly and efficiently implemented, processes can be optimized using the DevOps approach without the need for Cloud. 

Virtualization becomes optional. 

  • There is only a single approach to Azure DevOps 

Untrue. Every organization and business has different requirements and goals. A single uniform approach, although applicable does not necessarily have to be efficient. Processes and activities that worked in one organization do not necessarily work in another.

  • Purchasing DevOps tools is the same as doing DevOps 

That’s like saying, buying books is the same as studying them. Although purchasing tools is an investment in the right direction, this doesn’t necessarily help fast track and improve processes. There is an important need for a DevOps culture as well knowledge of the same to work efficiently and produce results.

  • DevOps and Agile Development are the same 

This is the most common myth surrounding DevOps. Although the two are closely related, and processes such as agile, lean, and other “work fast, ship often” models do form an important part of it, they do not necessarily define DevOps. The agile process, although helps in the faster shipment of products, but does not necessarily improve collaboration between different teams during the software lifecycle.

  • DevOps only focusses on improving quality and stability 

Although, if the company requires a sole focus on product quality, then yes DevOps does help fulfill this task. But in the bigger picture, DevOps helps in automating workflows, helping people focus more on the tasks at hand, improving the culture of the organization, and reducing burnout of employees.

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