If you are considering the move to office 365 but unsure how this works with identity, then you are in the right place. There are three main option when considering identity in Office 365, go all cloud and manage everything from the Office 365 admin centre, sync with your existing on premise directory or use a technology like ADFS to create a federation between your own on premise directory and Office 365, we will explain the three options below:
Cloud Identity – Typically 1 – 25 Users
With a cloud identity the user accounts are created in Office 365 directly, users sign in to use the service using the account created in Office 365, if you already have an on premise directory then this means managing two sets of credentials for your users. Depending on your subscription you can enable additional features such as self-service password reset.
Synchronised Identity – Typically 25 + Users
With a synchronised identity you will run a synchronisation service on your local directory server, this will copy the user details to Office 365, the user can then use the same account details from the on premise environment to login to Office 365, any changes are synchronised to Office 365.
Federated Identity – Typically 100 + Users
A federated identity has a more complex setup, when a user attempts to sign in to Office 365 they are redirected to an on premise server that completes the authentication and sends a token back to Office 365 confirming the user’s identity. The additional authentication servers can actually be placed in a hosted environment and connected to your local directory network using a VPN.
At Nimbus 365 we help customers select the best option for their environment and ensure a smooth migration process and ongoing support with Office 365 when it’s in production.
Once a business in on Office 365 they can take advantage of the background directory system (Azure AD) Windows 10 is fully Azure AD enabled and will allow users to sign into a Windows 10 Device using the same Office 365 credentials, removing the need for a traditional on premise Domain controller. With this setup all users accounts and devices can be centrally managed no matter where they are.
If you are looking to move to Office 365 or take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud Computing stack, then please get in touch and see how Nimbus 365 can help your business on its Cloud journey.