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Managing Microsoft Hybrid Clouds by Marcel van den Berg

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Authentication models in Azure AD

For authentication on Microsoft Azure and Office 365, three authentication models are available:

  • Cloud Identity: This is also known as the standard authentication and uses a cloud-based username and password stored in Microsoft Azure Active Directory. A typical example of a username is useraccount@<organization>.onmicrosoft.com.
  • Synchronized Identity: This is also known as managed authentication, and this allows synced usernames and passwords with on-premises AD as the source.
  • Federated identity: This is also known as federated authentication. This allows single sign-on to Microsoft Office 365 and Azure because of a federation with an on-premise Microsoft Active Directory. Azure kind of trusts the Active Directory ...

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