How to deploy Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

Today we will learn how to deploy Azure AD Domain services. So let’s go to the Azure portal and let’s get you started!

Step 1: Go to Azure AD Domain Services and create a new Azure AD Domain services!

Step 2: Now we can start te setup of ADDS, fill in your preferred domain name. You can leave the default which is the same as your Azure Active Directory name ending with .onmicrosoft.com, but I would recommend a public URL like in my case adds.2azure.nl.

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Azure AD Domain Services an option or not?

Frequently I get the question, how are we going to manage our legacy Azure IaaS servers? Should we deploy domain controllers? or should we setup a VPN connection with our on-premise environment?

Before we can start answering these questions we will need to learn more about AD DS.

Azure AD Domain Services provides managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, Kerberos/NTLM authentication that are the same as traditional domain controllers. You can consume these domain services without the need for you to deploy, manage, and patch domain controllers in the cloud. Azure AD Domain Services integrates with your existing Azure AD tenant, thus making it possible for users to log in using their corporate credentials. The AD DS is available in a VNet of your choice.

Azure AD Domain Services Overview

AD DS works with cloud-only or synced with on-premise AD. Important to know is that Password hash synchronization is mandatory for hybrid organizations to use Azure AD domain services. This requirements is because users credentials are needed in the managed domain to authenticate using NTML or Kerberos.

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