Comparing Active Directory and Azure Active Directory

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) continues to be the hub of identity and access management for many organizations' networks and on-premises systems. However, Microsoft's hosted Azure Active Directory (AAD) is increasingly required to use Microsoft-hosted services. Customers with significant on-premises Windows Server infrastructures should understand Microsoft's direction with enterprise identity and access management (IAM), which already encourages—and will likely require—adoption or migration to AAD paid tier subscriptions for most users.

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