First look: Microsoft Azure Active Directory Domain Services puts it all in the cloud

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On Oct. 14, Microsoft announced the preview release of Azure Active Directory Domain Services or, as I like to call it, a domain in a cloud.

What is really interesting about this preview is that Microsoft has managed to create a superset of its on-premises product. Azure Active Directory Domain Services has every feature that the venerable on-premises Active Directory (AD) has -- and then some.

There is complete feature parity to ensure compatibility with existing applications that you forklift up to the cloud, but there are also new Azure-specific features that extend AD functionality beyond what you get from Windows Server on local hardware. It's a very interesting milestone, and in this piece I'll take a close first look at what it is and what it offers.

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