Howdy folks, I’m excited to announce two new highly requested improvements to Azure AD Domain Services:
Migration from classic virtual networks to resource manager virtual networks is now in preview.
Updated creation flow with the addition of deployment templates is generally available.
Azure AD Domain Services is a great tool to help lift and shift your legacy on-premises applications that use protocols such as Kerberos and LDAP. This is all done without the need for you to manage domain controllers through the cloud—we do that for you!
Overview of the architecture of Azure AD Domain Services.
Let’s dive into these two new features for Azure AD Domain Service.
Migrating from your classic virtual network
If you were one of the early adopters of Azure AD Domain Services, more than likely you have a managed domain that is hosted on a classic virtual network. Azure Resource Manager virtual networks allow for richer capabilities using Azure AD Domain Services—including audit logs, fine-grained password policies, and email notifications. In addition, the resource manager model allows for easy management of your identity solutions.
How the Azure Resource Manager model plays a role in handling Azure requests.
Now in public preview, we have a migration path that will move your managed domain to a resource manager virtual network—all without having to rejoin virtual machines or resynchronizing your users. With just two easy PowerShell commands, you’ll be able to take advantage of the full suite of Azure AD Domain Services.
Fresh new creation flow experience—with templates!
The new Azure AD Domain Services creation experience.
Deploying Azure AD Domain Services is now easier than ever! In addition to a new tabular layout, Azure AD Domain Services can now be deployed with just three clicks. Just select the resource group that you would like the managed domain to be created in and Azure AD Domain Services will create all the necessary resources to deploy Azure AD Domain Services.
Easy inline template downloads! Replicate deployments across directories.
If you need to customize your settings, Azure AD Domain Services deployment templates can help you replicate your selections across deployments and directories. During the creation process, you can download a template that can be used to deploy Azure AD Domain Services again in the exact same way. Now it’s easier than ever to deploy a test domain and then immediately replicate it in your production environment.
We’re excited to bring you more capabilities for Azure AD Domain Services in the next couple of months. Please let us know what you think in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Alex Simons (@Alex_A_Simons) Corporate VP of Program Management Microsoft Identity Division