Difference between Azure AD Registered, Azure AD joined, Hybrid Azure AD joined

sandeep nambiar 41 Reputation points

Hello Team,

I went to Azure Active Directory > Devices > All Devices. In that when I check the join type I see three different types mentioned for different devices. So System 1 has join type as Hybrid Azure AD joined, System 2 has Azure AD joined, System 3 has Azure AD Registered. What is the difference between these 3?

Thank You.

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  1. AmanpreetSingh-MSFT 56,206 Reputation points

    Hi @sandeepnambiar-8203

    You can find the details about each method in below documents:

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  1. Deepal 461 Reputation points

    Choice depends on the who owns the data and who gets to manage the device and what type of user id is used to authenticate.

    Hybrid Azure AD Joined is for:
    corporate owned and managed devices
    Authenticated using a corporate user id that exists at local AD & on AAD.
    Authentication can be done using both: On-Prem AD & Azure AD.

    Azure AD Joined is for
    Corporate owned and managed devices
    Authenticated using a corporate id that exists on Azure AD
    Authentication is only through AAD.

    AAD Registed Device is for
    Personally owned corporate enabled
    Authentication to the device is with a local id or personal cloud id
    Authentication to corporate resources using a user id on AAD.

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  2. Deepal 461 Reputation points


    35 people found this answer helpful.

  3. Noel Fairclough 36 Reputation points

    I wrote an article explaining AAD Registered vs AAD Joined here:

    7 people found this answer helpful.

  4. Rommel Buyo Antipas 21 Reputation points

    I noticed that I cannot log in to my Azure user for Azure AD joined device(Windows 10). How can I do the same as logging in to an on-premise device where I can login my AD user to a domain join PC.

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