Azure active directory premium features

In this Azure AD tutorial, we will discuss Azure active directory features. We will check what are the advantages of using Azure active directory as well as Azure active directory premium P1 and P2 license features along with the below topics.

  • What is Azure Active Directory?
  • What is Azure Active Directory Premium?
  • Why Azure Active Directory Premium?
  • Azure AD Premium Features
  • Advantages of Azure active directory
  • Azure Active Directory Free Features
  • Azure Active Directory Office 365 Apps Features
  • Azure Active Directory pricing
  • Azure Active Directory Premium P1 Features: ($6 user/month)
  • Azure Active Directory Premium P2 Features: ($9 user/month)
  • What is available in Premium P2 and not in Premium P1?
  • Azure AD Premium Key Features
  • What is the Key Difference Between Azure AD Premium P1 vs P2?
  • Azure AD Premium P1 vs. P2 pricing comparison
  • Which feature is provided only with microsoft azure active directory premium p2?
  • Azure Active Directory Authentication
  • Azure Active Directory For Education

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Azure active directory premium features

Azure Active directory comes with four different type of licences:

  • Free
  • Office 365 apps
  • Azure active directory premium P1
  • Azure active directory premium P2

What is Azure Active Directory?

In simple words, Azure Active Directory is the cloud versions of Active Directory.

It also is popularly known as Azure AD, which is the single and universal cloud-based identity and access management platform. Every organization will have an Azure AD or AD which helps employees to sign in and access various resources within the organization. Check out some more information on Azure Active Directory now.

What is Azure Active Directory Premium?

Azure Active Directory Premium is an excellent service that helps you with the access management and Identity check capability in the Cloud environment.

Why Azure Active Directory Premium?

Azure Active Directory Premium features provide the benefits of multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps, easy access to web apps you run on-premises, Advanced alert and reporting features.

Azure AD Premium Features

The free edition is included with an online service license, for example, if you have Azure, dynamics 365 or office 365 then you can access free Azure active directory free features.

 If we will categories based on the features then Azure active directory will be of two categories:

  • Azure active directory free: Here you can manage user accounts, groups, single sign-on access. on-premises active directory synchronization with Azure active directory.  apart from that, you can able to access various popular software as a service application like Office 365, Salesforce, Google Apps, Dropbox, etc, All the applications support single sign-on.
  • Azure active directory premium:  with active directory premium license you can get all the active directory free features and also you will get various enterprise label identity management capabilities or features.

If you are new to the Azure active directory then check out an article on what is your active directory.

Advantages of Azure active directory

1- single sign-on: Which is the single sign-on feature you are able to access a number of apps from anywhere. The apps include Office 365, Azure, Salesforce Dropbox, etc. Active Directory provides simplify single sign-on services to more than 2800 software as a service application. With Azure active directory free license single sign-on will be assigned to 10 apps per user. But if you have Azure active directory premium license then it can be assigned to unlimited apps per user. 

2- High availability:  Microsoft Azure active directory data centers spread across 58 locations all over the world. Microsoft provides 99.99% SLA for all the paid versions for Azure Active Directory.

3- Application proxy: By using Microsoft Azure active directory application proxy feature organizations can publish on-premises applications for secure remote access.  you really do not need to use any VPN, all your users can access applications over the internet like we are accessing Office 365.

4- Self-service password reset:  Azure AD provides an option by using which users can reset their password by themselves without contacting any support team. This feature is known as a self-service password reset.  they can unlock their account as well as can change their password by themselves. The azure active directory also provides a self-service group management feature, by using which users can create and manage groups by themselves who are the owner of the group. Annually organizations can save a lot of money by using the self-service password reset options.

5- Multi-Factor Authentication: Security is very important in any organization. Azure active directory profiles multi-factor authentication which is also known as two-step verification. This provides an additional level of security for the users to sign in. So if any user’s password is compromised still their account is secure, other people cannot access even if they have the password. Here users have to provide multiple factors to authenticate themselves.

6- Privileged identity management: Microsoft provides privileged identity management features in Azure active directory which is used to secure very critical business assets. this will provide just-in-time administrative access.

7- Azure active directory B2B: Microsoft Azure active directory B2B feature allows organizations to add their partners to their projects or groups so that they can share information internally without worrying about the vendor’s identity. partners also can access information from their existing identity.

8- Azure active directory B2C: by using the Azure active directory b2c feature, organization scams allow their customers for their business applications. as an organization, by using the Azure active directory b2c feature you can create a tenant where your customers can log in with their social as well as their corporate email accounts.

9-Developer tools access: Azure Active directory allowed the users to integrate and access a number of apps and services like your Google apps, workday, Office 365, myday, Salesforce, box, etc.

Azure Active Directory Free Features

Below are the features available in Azure active directory free.

  • Directory objects(500000 limits)
  • Single sign-on up to 10 apps
  • Easy provisioning
  • ADFS authentication
  • User and group management
  • Device registration
  • Cloud authentication
  • Azure ad connect sync
  • Self-service password change for cloud users
  • Password protection
  • Multi-Factor authentication
  • Basic security and usage reports etc

Azure Active Directory Office 365 Apps Features

Azure active directory Office 365 apps licence will have all the free features of active directory, with below additional features will be available:

  • Company branding( custom login log out page)
  • Self-service password reset for cloud users
  • Service level agreement
  • Two-way synchronization between Azure active directory on-premises and Azure active directory cloud.

Azure Active Directory pricing

Let’s discuss on Azure Active Directory pricing and premium P1 and P2 features.

Azure Active Directory Premium P1 Features: ($6 user/month)

All the above features will be available in Azure active directory premium P1 license. apart from that below at the features which are available only in Azure active directory premium P1:

Benefits of Azure AD Premium P1

  • Unlimited Directory objects
  • Unlimited Single sign-on Apps
  • Password protection
  • Password protection for Windows Server active directory
  • Self service password reset/ change/ unlock
  • Group access management
  • Cloud app Discovery
  • Azure AD-join
  • Advanced Security Analysis reports
  • Application proxy
  • Dynamic groups
  • Group creation permission delegation
  • Group naming policy
  • Usage guidelines
  • Group expiration
  • Azure information protection integration
  • SharePoint Limited access
  • Multi-factor authentication with conditional access etc

Azure Active Directory Premium P2 Features: ($9 user/month)

Active directory premium P2 license include every feature of Azure active directory.  all the features will be available with below additional features.

Benefits of Azure AD Premium P2

  • Unlimited Directory objects
  • Unlimited Single sign-on Apps
  • Vulnerabilities and risky accounts detection
  • Risk-based conditional access policy
  • Privileged identity management
  • Access reviews
  • Entitlement management etc.

Reference: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/details/active-directory/

What is available in Premium P2 and not in Premium P1?

There are two excellent features that are available in the case of Premium P2. Those are Identity Protection and Identity Governance.

  1. Identity Protection

It helps with Risky accounts detection, Risk-based Conditional Access policies and Risk events investigation, etc. You can consider it as a tool that actually helps with the following benefits

  • It helps to export the data to third party utilities so that it will be helpful for further investigation.
  • Helps to investigate the risk factors.
  • Helps with the automation process that helps identify identity-based risks quickly.

The User risk policy

Using the user risk policy, the Administrator can able to protect the users and group members. It also allows the Administrator to set the risk level i.e Low, Medium, or High. Based on the risk level Admin can set the conditions so that the Policy can execute based on the condition.

The Sign-in risk policy

Using the Sign-in risk policy, the Administrator can able to protect the sign-in users and group members. It also allows the Administrator to set the risk level i.e Low, Medium, or High. Based on the risk level Admin can set the conditions so that the Policy can execute based on the condition.

2. Identity Governance

Identity Governance includes Access reviews, Privileged Identity Management and Entitlement Management, etc.

Privileged Identity Management (PIM)

Azure Active Directory Privileged Identity Management (PIM) is an excellent service that provides you with the option to manage, control, and monitor access to the important in your organization. Privileged Identity Management (PIM) also helps to limit admin access.

The PIM works with 4 important steps. Those are as below

  1. Assign
  2. Activate
  3. Approve
  4. Audit

Azure AD Premium Key Features

The key Azure AD premium features are as below

1- Enterprise SLA 99.9%:

There is guarantee on 99.9% availability of the Azure Active Directory Premium service.

2- Forefront Identity Manager:

The Azure Active Directory Premium features also help you to use the FIM server on your network. This actually helps you more when you have different on-premises directories and databases that if you want to sync directly to the Azure AD. One more good thing is you can use any number of FIM servers based on your requirement and there is no limit on this.

3- Multi-Factor Authentication

Security is very important in any organization. Azure active directory Premium Features provides multi-factor authentication which is also known as two-step verification that helps you to secure access to Azure. This provides an additional level of security for the users to sign in. So if any user’s password is compromised still their account is secure, other people cannot access it even if they have the password. Here users have to provide multiple factors to authenticate themselves.

4- The Self-service password reset feature

Azure active directory premium feature provides you an option by using which users can reset their password by themselves without contacting any support team. This feature is known as a self-service password reset.  they can unlock their account as well as can change their password by themselves.

5- Self-service group management feature

The Azure Active Directory Premium Feature also helps you by providing an excellent feature known as the Self-service group management feature that helps you with the capability by enabling users to create groups, delegate group ownership, request access to other groups, etc.

6- Provides Advanced Alerts and Reports

It also provides the advanced error log report and the advanced alert that helps to identify the issues quickly and that helps to provide the quick resolution.

What is the Key Difference Between Azure AD Premium P1 vs P2?

Well, let’s discuss a few of the key differences between Azure AD Premium P1 vs P2.

Azure AD Premium P1: Azure AD Premium P1 provides us with few excellent features like Identity management for different categories of users like on-premise users, remote users, and hybrid users, etc which includes access management, self group management, self-service identity feature, etc. It also provides an excellent tool known as Microsoft Identity Manager that actually helps for identity and access management.

Azure AD Premium P2: Compare to Azure AD Premium P1, Azure AD Premium P2 has all the features that Azure AD Premium P1 having. Along with those, Azure AD Premium P2 provides some additional features like Identity Protection that helps to save the critical data and applications and Privileged Identity Management (PIM) which helps to enhance the management of the Privileged accounts.

Azure AD Premium P1 vs. P2 pricing comparison

You can get the Azure AD Premium P1 features for the price of $6 per month. whereas you need to pay $9 per month for the Azure AD Premium P2 features.

Azure Active Directory Premium Business Benefits

Let’s discuss here few key business benefits of Azure Active Premium as below

  • One of the key business benefits is that Azure Active Directory Premium provides the ability to implement the single sign-on facility for any cloud or on-premises application that enhances security.
  • Business always wants to secure their sensitive data and application. You can secure your sensitive data and applications for both on-premises and cloud using the Multi-Factor Authentication feature.
  • Reduces lots of costs by providing the self-service capability for a Password reset. No need to depend on the support team to just change the password.
  • Supports Windows devices, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS.

Which feature is provided only with Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium p2?

Active Directory Premium p2 has all the features of P1 and along with that, you will get a few excellent additional features with Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium p2 version, and those are as below

  • Identity Protection: Here, you will get some excellent piece of functionalities like risky account detection, Vulnerabilities, and Different Risk-based conditional access policies, etc.
  • Identity governance: You will get a few key features like Acess reviews, Privileged Identity Management, etc as part of this feature.

Azure Active Directory Authentication

Azure Active Directory provides you one of the most secure authentication option.

Provides you with the multi-factor authentication and single sign-on option.

Helps you to protect your users from different cybersecurity attacks.

Azure Active Directory Authentication provides you a lot of benefits. Let’s discuss a few key benefits

Single sign-on

Acess your apps securely from any where with the single sign-on feature of the Azure AD.

Multi-factor authentication

Use the multi-factor authentication to provide high protection for your application.

Single identity platform

It provides you with a single identity platform that helps you to connect your external and internal user more securely at one place.

Azure Active Directory Authentication Methods

There are different authentication methods provided by Azure Active Directory and those are as below

  • Microsoft Authenticator app
  • Windows Hello for Business
  • FIDO2 security key
  • SMS
  • OATH software tokens
  • OATH hardware tokens (preview)
  • Password
  • Voice

Azure Active Directory For Education

For your Educational institution, if you want Azure Active Directory for your entire school students, you can sign up for a free trial of Microsoft 365 Education. You can get a subscription at a cool academic price.

You can get the Azure Active Directory along with the Microsoft 365 Education licensing.

Basically, when you sign up for Microsoft 365 Education, An Azure Active Directory tenant will also get created along with that.

Azure Active Directory can help both the students and Faculty to sign-in securely and access the resources and services that they need.

They can configure their domains and emails for cloud authentication in Azure Active Directory.

For external collaboration, they can use Azure AD B2B Collaboration.

They can also use Microsoft Teams, Modern Groups, conteacts, etc.

They can also use Intune for Education rely on Azure AD users, groups and policies, devices.

You can also get the oppertunuty to use different authentication methods appropriate for your Educational institution like pass-through authentication, password hash synchronization, etc.

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Wrapping Up

Well, In this tutorial, we discussed:

  • Various features of Microsoft Azure active directory
  • Azure active directory premium features
  • Various features of Azure active directory premium P1
  • Azure active directory premium P2 features
  • Microsoft Azure active directory free license features
  • What is Azure Active Directory?
  • What is Azure Active Directory Premium?
  • Why Azure Active Directory Premium?
  • Azure AD Premium Features
  • Advantages of Azure active directory
  • Azure Active Directory Free Features
  • Azure Active Directory Office 365 Apps Features
  • Azure Active Directory pricing
  • Azure Active Directory Premium P1 Features: ($6 user/month)
  • Azure Active Directory Premium P2 Features: ($9 user/month)
  • What is available in Premium P2 and not in Premium P1?
  • Azure AD Premium Key Features
  • What is the Key Difference Between Azure AD Premium P1 vs P2?
  • Azure AD Premium P1 vs. P2 pricing comparison, etc
  • Which feature is provided only with Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium p2?
  • Azure Active Directory Authentication
  • Azure Active Directory For Education

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