Microsoft this week announced that it has updated its preview of Azure Active Directory Pass-Through Authentication.
Pass-Through Authentication is Microsoft’s more simplified means of accessing services such as Office 365 services, and Microsoft claims it’s done without having to store passwords on Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure. Under this scheme, organizations can access Microsoft’s services using their own local Active Directory infrastructure. Pass-Through Authentication is billed as being simpler to set up than Active Directory Federation Server (AD FS), a Windows Server role that’s used on premises to enable single sign-on access to Office 365 and other services.
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