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Developing Applications with Azure Active Directory: Principles of Authentication and Authorization for Architects and Developers by Mohit Garg, Manas Mayank

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© Manas Mayank and Mohit Garg 2019
M. Mayank, M. GargDeveloping Applications with Azure Active Directoryhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5040-2_1

1. Introduction to Azure Active Directory

Manas Mayank1  and Mohit Garg1
(1)
Hyderabad, India
 

The need for centralized management of users and devices over networks led to the advent of directory services. The users and devices that need to be authenticated over a network are referred to as resources . Directory services act as a single point that provides information about all the resources on a network.

As most of you are aware, Microsoft’s implementation of on-premises directory services is called Active Directory. In this book, we will use the abbreviation AD to refer to Active Directory in general. ...

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