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Can Azure AD replace Active Directory?

Last updated on September 25, 2022 @ 11:53 am

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based identity management system that provides a single sign-on experience for users across devices. Azure AD can replace Active Directory, but there are some limitations. Azure AD can support only a limited number of users and devices, and it doesn’t support directory-level security. Azure AD also doesn’t support federation with on-premises Active Directory.

PRO TIP: No, Azure AD cannot replace Active Directory. Active Directory is a directory service that stores information about objects on a network and makes this information available to users and computers. Azure AD is a cloud-based identity and access management service.

In comparison, Active Directory supports millions of users and devices, and it supports directory-level security. Additionally, Active Directory can federate with other Active Directory domains.

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