Active Directory Domain Join of Azure Roles Using Connect
written on November 16, 2010
We already have seen how Windows Azure connect can help us in connecting our windows azure role instances to our local computers in the previous post. We also saw in the use cases/scenarios for azure connect, that we can domain join our windows azure roles with our on-premise Active Directory, and this is possible by using connect plug-in.
This is a very useful feature provided by Windows Azure Connect. Active Directory Domain Join might help you in following regards:
- You can now control access to your azure role instances based on domain accounts.
- You can now provide access control using windows authentication along with on-premise SQL server.
- In general, as customers migrate existing Line of Business applications to cloud; many of those applications today are written or assume domain joined environment. And with this capability of domain joining your azure roles to on-premise AD, this process of migration can be made simpler.
The process to setup, enable and configure Active Directory Domain Join using connect, involves following steps:
- Configure your network policy. This will specify which roles will connect to what Active Directory servers. This is done from admin portal.
- New Windows Azure Role instances will automatically be domain-joined