Go On Prem AD or Azure AD/ADDS?

Ricetahman 21 Reputation points

Hi There! Just need to get your point of view about my problem:

We have an organization (1000+) with no Active Directory and we are also using Non-Microsoft email platform. We are planning now to improve our architecture and we are left with below options:

  1. On-premise AD
  2. Azure AD + Intune
  3. ADDS

We don't have on prem web apps, file servers, etc. We only have on premise ERP system where selected users are connecting to.

Budget is not a problem and we are eyeing a cloud first approach here but hope to receive some comments from you guys. Thanks!

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A Microsoft Entra identity service that provides identity management and access control capabilities. Replaces Azure Active Directory.
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  1. Alan Kinane 16,796 Reputation points MVP

    In that case it will come down to features, as in what do you require? If you have somehow managed without Active Directory up to now then I would not go down this route unless you need to. It's just adding additional infrastructure to manage and maintain. I would be aiming to use Azure AD + Intune ideally as it's a truly cloud native solution.

    Here's an AD vs AAD comparison:

    Azure AD Domain Services then is a managed domain service, it has similarities with Active Directory but a lot less features, by the sounds of it you don't require this right now but it might be worth considering depending on what your future growth plans are.

    Here is a comparison of AD vs AADDS features

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