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An introduction to the Microsoft identity platform

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    Corby

    This would be great if Microsoft would recognize me, but you told me I am not a real company even though I pay you real money for 4 services.


    How do individuals authorize ?

    You talk down to other developers like 'Only experts can do this.'

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    Alex Neihaus

    A very annoying episode. First, the presenter claims 30B authentications a day but says nothing about the decision he implies users should make to bet their entire IT infrastructures on AAD, which has recently failed spectacularly -- twice.

    He goes on to dismiss marketing fluff while delivering plenty of it ("one line of code") and, in his demo, being unable to find the app he registered in the portal. Why is that? Because the AAD UI is a mess and leaves users wondering what they are looking for and if, maybe, it exists but it just can't be found.

    PowerShell is mentioned as a "supported" language but the AzureAD module is, essentially, abandoned on Windows PowerShell and no good replacement exists for pwsh.

    Finally, for EA accounts, packaging AAD P2 as part of an O365 OSPA ties the most desirable features of P2 to Office 365, a packaging decision that makes no sense in the real world.

    Microsoft, of course, has the right (and maybe the obligation) to market its products. But in the real world, using AAD is both complex and leaves users tied to an infrastructure whose reliability is in question.

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    Granny Grammar

    It is amazing that Microsoft has not yet released Python#, a revised and extended version of Python, usable only on Microsoft systems and compatible with nothing.

    I guess Bill has been distracted.

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    christosmat​skas

    Jun 27, 2021 at 7:54AM

    A very annoying episode. First, the presenter claims 30B authentications a day but says nothing about the decision he implies users should make to bet their entire IT infrastructures on AAD, which has recently failed spectacularly -- twice.

    He goes on to dismiss marketing fluff while delivering plenty of it ("one line of code") and, in his demo, being unable to find the app he registered in the portal. Why is that? Because the AAD UI is a mess and leaves users wondering what they are looking for and if, maybe, it exists but it just can't be found.

    PowerShell is mentioned as a "supported" language but the AzureAD module is, essentially, abandoned on Windows PowerShell and no good replacement exists for pwsh.

    Finally, for EA accounts, packaging AAD P2 as part of an O365 OSPA ties the most desirable features of P2 to Office 365, a packaging decision that makes no sense in the real world.

    Microsoft, of course, has the right (and maybe the obligation) to market its products. But in the real world, using AAD is both complex and leaves users tied to an infrastructure whose reliability is in question.



    AzureAD has faced some availability challenges in the past year but the team has been working hard on improving stability and resilience so these downtimes won't happen again. Every platform/service has faced issues

    We can't assume everyone knows the service we're covering. We have to provide some background and context. BTW, the single-line authentication setup is not a Marketing gimmick but an actual feature for .NET developers. This can't be dismissed or denied. Also, searching in the AAD portal has improved a lot with the latest feature updates. In addition, most of the time, these tasks are automated via the Azure PoSH, CLI or MS Graph.

    Yes, Azure AD is complex but extremely powerful and scalable. If you want to learn more about AAD from a developer or IT Pro perspective, make sure to join our weekly streams on Twitch aka.ms/425Show

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