Introducing Azure AD Domain Services

Azure AD Domain Services provide managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, LDAP, Kerberos/NTLM authentication etc. that are fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory. Azure AD Domain Services enable you to consume these domain services, without the need for you to deploy, manage and patch domain controllers in the cloud. Azure AD Domain Services integrate with your existing Azure AD tenant, thus making it possible for users to login using their corporate credentials. Additionally, you can use existing groups and user accounts to secure access to resources, thus ensuring a smoother ‘lift-and-shift’ of on-premises resources to Azure Infrastructure Services.

Azure AD Domain Services work seamlessly regardless of whether your Azure AD tenant is cloud-only or synced with your on-premises Active Directory.