With the continued evolution and adoption of hybrid work, we know how critical a strong identity and governance control plane is for IT scalability and a seamless user experience. Today, we are excited to share new Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) capabilities and best practices that can help organizations with these needs. With these updates, organizations will now be able to allow password writeback from the cloud when using Azure AD Connect cloud sync, provision to on-premises applications, verify their SCIM provisioning endpoints, and more.
Allow users to reset their password regardless if they are on-premises or in the cloud
Password writeback allows an on-premises synched user to initiate password changes in the cloud and have the password written back to the user’s on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment in real time. This enables users to seamlessly transition between cloud and on-premises applications without worrying about managing multiple passwords. No matter where the password is updated, it remains in sync across the cloud and on-premises.
Now in public preview, Azure AD Connect cloud sync password writeback includes support for users synced from disconnected environments. Organizations can sync users from multiple disconnected domains into a central Azure AD tenant and reset passwords for these users from Azure AD.
Simplify provisioning to cloud and on-premises applications
At Microsoft Ignite, we announced that an open public preview is available for Azure AD to provisioning to on-premises applications that support SCIM, SQL, and LDAP. Organizations can manage provisioning to their on-premises applications the same way they’re used to with popular SaaS applications such as monday.com, Miro, and Asana. Building on this momentum, we’ve now added the ability to provision users into third-party LDAP directories such as OpenLDAP.
Simplify building and testing your provisioning end point in compliance with the SCIM standard
A limited preview is now available of a SCIM validation tool. This enables partners and customers to validate that their end point is compatible with the Azure AD SCIM client, reducing onboarding time to the Azure AD app gallery. Once you have built your new application as per the guidelines, you can request an invite to the preview here.
Upgrade to the latest version of Azure AD Connect sync to future-proof your environment
To provide better predictability for IT planning cycles, we have also established a consistent retirement cadence for Azure AD Connect sync versions. Moving forward, we will retire each version 18 months after a new version is released.
Use date comparisons to drive provisioning logic
Attribute expression mapping enables you to control and transform data before writing to target systems. Based on your feedback, we have added new built-in date functions Now(), DateAdd() and DateDiff() to help you compare dates and define granular attribute provisioning based on date time values. You can nest and combine them with other functions in your user provisioning flow to implement scenarios such as:
Based on user type, set user account expiry date in a SaaS application or on-premises application to “X” number of days after current provisioning time.
Find the interval difference between current date and HR hire date and use it to determine account activation / data flow logic.
As always, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave comments down below or reach out to us on aka.ms/AzureADFeedback.