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Howdy folks,

I’m excited to announce the public preview of Azure AD Domain Services in the new Azure portal. You can now create new managed AD domains and perform administrative tasks like configuring secure LDAP using the Azure portal. If you follow the blog, you already know that Azure AD Domain Services is pretty cool. It provides managed domain services like domain join, group policy, LDAP, and Kerberos/NTLM authentication, all fully compatible with Windows Server Active Directory.

What might surprise you is that over 8000 (!!) customers are already using Azure AD Domain Services today!

And qith this new public preview, we’ve made it even easier to create a managed AD domain using our brand-new wizard experience. The wizard knits tasks like creating virtual networks, configuring group membership of the delegated administrator group, and enabling domain services into a simple, intuitive, step-by-step experience.

Getting started

Here’s how to get started with the new Azure portal experience:

  1. If Azure AD Domain Services is not enabled for your Azure directoryCreate a new managed domain using the new Azure portal.
  2. If you’ve already enabled Azure AD Domain Services for your Azure directoryContact us via email to migrate your existing managed AD domain to the new Azure portal. From there, you can administer your existing managed AD domain using the new Azure portal.

Note: This public preview release supports only classic Azure virtual networks. We don’t support Resource Manager-based virtual networks yet, but the team is hard at work making that happen and we hope to preview it soon!

We want to hear from you!

As always, your feedback is very important to us! Please share your comments, questions, or concerns on our discussion forum, send us an email at aaddsfb@microsoft.com, or simply comment below.

Best regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division