Overview: Dynamic configuration of security-group membership for Azure Active Directory is available in public preview. Administrators can set rules for groups that are created in Azure Active Directory based on user attributes (such as department and country). This allows members to be automatically added to or removed from a security group. These groups can be used to provide access to applications or cloud resources (such as SharePoint sites and documents) and to assign licenses to members. There is no additional charge for this feature. For more information, please visit Dynamic memberships for groups in Azure AD.
If you are familiar with SharePoint Target Audience or Claims based role and access, this Azure AD dynamic membership for groups is not new to you, this is only a different way to consume but this Azure feature will allow organisation to plan their role-based authentication and authorisation for Azure hosted application which includes PAAS and IAAS, Office 365 hosted application like exchange, sharepoint or dynamic 365 CRM application.
You will be able to create AD group add users dynamically based on their AD attribute like Department, location, business area etc. once you created these AD groups you will be able to use this group to assign permission or target content with in the Azure and office 365 applications.
You can set up a rule for dynamic membership on security groups or Office 365 groups. Nested group memberships aren’t currently supported for group-based assignment to applications.+
Dynamic memberships for groups require an Azure AD Premium license to be assigned to+
- The administrator who manages the rule on a group
- All members of the group
- In the Azure classic portal, select Active Directory, and then open your organization’s directory.
- Select the Groups tab, and then open the group you want to edit.
- Select the Configure tab, select the Advanced rule option, and then enter the advanced rule into the text box.
Containing twenty-four design patterns and ten related guidance topics, this guide articulates the benefit of applying patterns by showing how each piece can fit into the big picture of cloud application architectures. It also discusses the benefits and considerations for each pattern. Most of the patterns have code samples or snippets that show how to implement the patterns using the features of Microsoft Azure. However the majority of topics described in this guide are equally relevant to all kinds of distributed systems, whether hosted on Azure or on other cloud platforms.
The Microsoft Azure Preview Portal automatically creates a pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farm for us. This can save you a lot of time when we need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a development and testing environment.
The basic SharePoint farm consists of three virtual machines in this configuration.
We can use this farm configuration for a simplified setup for SharePoint app development or first-time evaluation of SharePoint 2013.
The high-availability SharePoint farm consists of nine virtual machines in this configuration.
We can use this farm configuration to test higher client loads, high availability of the external SharePoint site, and SQL Server AlwaysOn for a SharePoint farm. We can also use this configuration for SharePoint app development in a high-availability environment.
Microsoft Azure Preview Portal:
Azure is an excellent platform to implement dev/test or proof-of-concept configurations, since it requires very little investment to test a particular approach to an implementation of your solutions. However, you must be able to distinguish the easy practices for a dev/test or proof-of-concept environment from the more difficult, detailed practices for a fully functional, production-ready implementation of an IT workload.
This guidance identifies many areas for which planning are key to the success of an IT infrastructure or workload in Azure. In addition, it helps the implementation of solutions on the Azure platform by providing an order to the creation of the necessary resources. Although there is some flexibility, Microsoft recommends that you apply this order to your planning and decision-making.
- Naming conventions
- Subscriptions and accounts
- Virtual networks
- Cloud services
- Availability Sets
- Virtual machines
The following table illustrate the list of Azure Services,
|1||API Management||Azure API Management allows you to publish APIs to developers, partners and employees securely and at scale.|
|2||App Service||Create apps faster with a one-of-a-kind cloud service that enables you to quickly and easily create enterprise-ready web and mobile apps for any platform or device and deploy them on a scalable and reliable cloud infrastructure.|
|3||Application Insights||Application Insights is an all-in-one telemetry solution which can help you detect issues, solve problems and continuously improve your web applications by providing real-time, 360-degree views of your apps across availability, performance and usage.|
|4||Automation||Azure Automation allows you to automate the creation, deployment, monitoring and maintenance of resources in your Azure environment using a highly scalable and reliable workflow execution engine.|
|5||Azure Active Directory||Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) provides identity management and access control capabilities for your cloud applications. You can synchronise your on-premises identities and enable single sign-on to simplify user access to cloud applications. Azure AD is available in two tiers: Free and Premium. Azure Active Directory Premium is licensed separately from Azure Services.|
|6||Azure Search||Azure Search is a fully managed service for adding sophisticated search capabilities to web and mobile applications without the typical complexities of full-text search.|
|7||Backup||Azure Backup manages cloud backups through familiar tools in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 Essentials or System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager.|
|8||Batch||Azure Batch makes it easy to run large-scale parallel and HPC workloads in Azure. You can use Batch to scale out parallel workloads, manage execution of tasks in a queue and cloud enable applications to offload compute jobs in the cloud.|
|9||BizTalk Services||Azure BizTalk Services is a powerful and extensible cloud-based integration service that provides Business-to-Business (B2B) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities for delivering cloud and hybrid integration solutions.|
|10||CDN||Azure CDN (Content Delivery Network) allows you to deliver high-bandwidth content to end users around the world with low latency and high availability via a robust network of global data centres.|
|11||Cloud Services||Azure Cloud Services remove the need to manage server infrastructure. With Web and Worker roles, they enable you to quickly build, deploy and manage modern applications.|
|12||Data Factory||Azure Data Factory is a managed service for developers to produce trusted information from raw data in cloud or on-premises sources. Easily create, orchestrate and schedule highly available, fault-tolerant workflows of data movement and transformation activities. Monitor all of your data pipelines and service health at a glance with a rich visual experience offered through the Azure portal.|
|13||DNS||Azure DNS allows you to host and manage your DNS records in Microsoft Azure.|
|14||DocumentDB||Azure DocumentDB is a fully managed NoSQL document database service that offers query and transactions over schema-free data, predictable and reliable performance and rapid development.|
|15||Event Hubs||Azure Event Hubs enables elastic scale telemetry and event ingestion with durable buffering and sub-second end-to-end latency for millions of devices and events.|
|16||ExpressRoute||Azure ExpressRoute enables you to create private connections between Azure data centres and the infrastructure on your premises or in a collocation environment.|
|17||HDInsight||Azure HDInsight Service is a Hadoop-based service that brings an Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud. Gain full value of Big Data with a cloud-based data platform that manages data of any type and any size.|
|18||Key Vault||Microsoft Azure Key Vault offers an easy, cost-effective way to safeguard keys and other secrets in the cloud using Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). Protect cryptographic keys and small secrets like passwords with keys stored in Hardware Security Modules (HSMs). For added assurance, import or generate your keys in HSMs certified to FIPS 140-2 level 2 and Common Criteria EAL4+ standards, so that your keys stay within the HSM boundary. Key Vault is designed so that Microsoft does not see or extract your keys. Developers can create new keys for dev/test in minutes and migrate seamlessly to production keys managed by security operations. Key Vault scales to meet the demands of your cloud applications without the hassle required to provision, deploy and manage HSMs and key management software.|
|19||Load Balancer||Azure Load Balancer improves application reliability and provides load balancing for Internet and private network traffic.|
|20||Machine Learning||Azure Machine Learning allows you to easily design, test, operationalise and manage predictive analytics solutions in the cloud.|
|21||Managed Cache||Azure Cache is a distributed, in-memory, scalable solution that enables you to build highly scalable and responsive applications by providing super-fast access to data.|
|22||Media Services||Azure Media Services offer cloud-based media solutions from many existing technologies, including ingest, encoding, format conversion, content protection and both on-demand and live streaming capabilities.|
|23||Mobile Engagement||Maximise mobile apps usage and revenue with Azure Mobile Engagement – an SaaS-delivered, data-driven user engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics and contextually aware smart push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices. It closes the marketing loop for app developers and marketers, allowing them to get directly in touch with all of their customers in a personal, contextually aware and non-intrusive way, and at the right time.|
|25||Multi-Factor Authentication||Azure Multi-Factor Authentication helps prevent unauthorised access to on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional layer of authentication. Follow organisational security and compliance standards while also addressing user demand for convenient access.|
|26||Notification Hubs||Notification Hubs provide a highly scalable, cross-platform push notification infrastructure that enables you to either broadcast push notifications to millions of users at once or tailor notifications to individual users.|
|27||Operational Insights||Operational Insights enables you to collect, correlate and visualise all your machine data, such as event logs, network logs, performance data and much more from both your on-premise and cloud assets.|
|28||Redis Cache||Based on the popular open-source Redis Cache, this gives you access to a secure, dedicated cache for your Azure applications.|
|29||RemoteApp||RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS or Android.|
|30||Scheduler||Azure Scheduler allows you to invoke actions that call HTTP/S endpoints or post messages to a storage queue on any schedule. In Scheduler, you can create jobs that reliably call services either inside or outside of Azure and run those jobs straight away, on a regular or irregular schedule, or set them to run at a future date.|
|31||Service Bus||Azure Service Bus is a messaging infrastructure that sits between applications, allowing them to exchange messages for improved scale and resiliency.|
|32||Site Recovery||Site Recovery helps you protect important applications by coordinating the replication and recovery of private clouds for simple, cost-effective disaster recovery.|
|33||SQL Database||Azure SQL Database is a relational database service that enables you to rapidly create, extend and scale relational applications into the cloud.|
|34||Storage||Azure Storage offers non-relational data storage, including Blob, Table, Queue and Drive storage.|
|35||StorSimple||StorSimple offers a unique hybrid cloud storage solution that provides primary storage, archive and disaster recovery. Combined with Microsoft Azure, this solution optimises total storage costs and data protection. The Microsoft Azure StorSimple offering with 8000 Series is licensed separately from Azure Services.|
|36||Stream Analytics||Stream Analytics is an event-processing engine that helps uncover insights from devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure and existing data properties in real time. With out-of-the-box integration to Event Hubs, the combined solution can both ingest millions of events as well as do analytics to better understand patterns, power a dashboard, detect anomalies or kick off an action while data is being streamed in real time.|
|37||Traffic Manager||Azure Traffic Manager allows you to load-balance incoming traffic across multiple hosted Azure services – whether they’re running in the same data centre or across different data centres around the world.|
|38||Virtual Machines||Azure Virtual Machines enable you to deploy a Windows Server or Linux image in the cloud. You can select images from a marketplace or bring your own customised images.|
|39||Virtual Network||Azure Virtual Network enables you to create Virtual Private Networks (VPN) within Azure and securely link these with on-premises IT infrastructure.|
|40||Visual Studio Online||Visual Studio Online provides a cloud-based ALM solution that handles everything from hosted code repos and issue tracking to load testing and automated builds. Best of all, it’s accessible from nearly anywhere and you can create an account for free. Visual Studio Online is licensed separately from Azure Services.|
|41||VPN Gateway||Azure VPN Gateway enables you to establish secure, cross-premises connectivity between your Virtual Network within Azure and on-premises IT infrastructure.|