Windows Azure Active Directory (AD), which is currently in Developer Preview as on September 12, received three major enhancements.
"With these enhancements Windows Azure Active Directory changes from a being compelling promise into a standalone cloud directory with a user experience supported by a simple yet robust set of developer API's," Microsoft's Window Azure teams stated.
Here is what's new:
Ability to create a standalone Windows Azure AD tenant, for business or organization without needing to sign up for Office 365, Intune or any other Microsoft service. "Developers or administrators who want to try out the Windows Azure Active Directory Developer preview can now quickly create an organizational domain and user accounts using this page," the team said.
For the duration of the preview these AD tenants are available free of charge.
Preview of Windows Azure Active Directory Management Directory Management User Interface (UI) went live as a preview last Friday to support the preview of Windows Azure Online Backup.
The UI is currently in a standalone preview release, over the coming months, will move into the Windows Azure Management portal to assure developers and IT Admins have a single place to go to manage all their Windows Azure services.
"With this new user interface administrators of any service that uses Windows Azure AD as its directory (Windows Azure Online Backup, Windows Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows InTune) can use the preview portal at https://activedirectory.windowsazure.com," writes the Azure team.
"Administrators can use this UI to manage the users, groups, and domains used in their Windows Azure Active Directory, and to integrate their on-premises Active Directory with their Windows Azure Active Directory."
Please note that if you log in using your existing Windows Azure AD account from Office 365 or another Microsoft service, you'll be working with actual live data.
Write access for the Windows Azure Active Directory Graph API today gets the ability for applications to easily Write data to the directory. This update includes support for:
- "Create, Delete and Update operations for Users, Groups, Group Membership
- User License assignments
- Contact management
- Returning the thumbnail photo property for Users
- Setting JSON as the default data format," the team adds.