How to use Windows Azure with a Windows Azure Active Directory account


There has been some news about Windows Azure Active Directory recently. Yesterday an announce has been made about a deeper integration between Windows Azure portal and Windows Azure Active Directory (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/03/04/more-identity-and-access-management-improvements-in-windows-azure.aspx).

 

I had created a Windows Azure Active Directory standalone tenant a few weeks ago. You can do this yourself; it is available at https://activedirectory.windowsazure.com/Signup/QuickSignup.aspx?ru=https://activedirectory.windowsazure.com/default.aspx&ali=1.

 

In order to access Windows Azure resources from a Windows Azure Active Directory (from now on WAAD) account, it is possible to go the Windows Azure Management portal (https://manage.windowsazure.com) and connect like an Office 365 user. In this case we’ll see how to create a free subscription with this account.

 

Browse to https://manage.windowsazure.com

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you receive a text message on your phone that you can enter:

 

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You can then fill the following form. Note that the e-mail can be changed to an e-mail address where you prefer to receive messages (this may not be the same as your WAAD account).

 

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Click Next, and the subscription will be created

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before you are redirected to the following page:

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click on the Portal link in the upper right corner. You get a few welcome screens that show how the portal works:

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then you get the usual experience:

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In the Active Directory part of the portal, you can access your WAAD domain and manage users. In particular, you can create a co-admin account and ensure this account connects only with 2 factor authentication:

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Add the user as a co-admin

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Then, this user can connect thru https://activedirectory.windowsazure.com

 

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you receive an SMS on your phone and you are asked to answer it with a code

Type the code on the phone and answer the SMS

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Then this user can connect to the management portal

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Benjamin

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