Active directory in the cloud?

Hi Experts,

We have 2 servers currently in the cloud not attached to our Active Directory.  We want to start expanding our Active directory to the cloud and start moving our virtuals and others servers out.

What is the best way to do this and can you point me to resources that I can learn about this and figure out the best way for our company?

Thank you,

Karen
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
You can establish VPN tunnel with your cloud service provider from corporate network and you can place RODCs in cloud

U can deploy R/W DC as well, but from security point of view, you should deploy RODC

If you are exploring Windows Azure Public cloud, they have there active directory service in cloud and you can sync your on premise active directory accounts with Azure active directory with the help of MS DirSync tool
U need to place your applications in Azure and your on premise accounts can logon to cloud applications with SSO, you do need to deploy ADFS server to take care of SSO
This is the best way to deal with cloud so that you don't have to expose your on premise AD to cloud.
This is the way O365 is working.

Check below article
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/

Other cloud options are also available such as VMware, Google, Successfactor etc
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klsphotosAuthor Commented:
We already have another site in another location that is connected through a secure VPN.  We have a domain controller there, it's the president of the company's office.  Couldn't I do the same thing to our other site that is currently not connected?
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
Yes you can do that any time

However you asked question regarding cloud ?
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klsphotosAuthor Commented:
Maybe I'm confusing the 2. We have two servers in the cloud not connected to our ad. We need to get them on our domain and move a lot if our orther servers out
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netcmhCommented:
If you have a legitimate need to get those 2 cloud servers talking with your AD, the cloud AD method is your route.
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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
Azure's AD basically "extends" your internal Active Directory environment to the cloud. Just think of the cloud as a new site within your AD environment.

Your best bet (especially if you see building out the cloud in the future) is to build out an Active Directory Replica in the cloud - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-networks-install-replica-active-directory-domain-controller/

This kills two birds with one stone as it also gives you added redundancy to you AD environment.
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klsphotosAuthor Commented:
Thank you Brad and everyone.  I was looking at the cost of Azure and have a lot to figure out.  I'm not sure why at this time they want to move all the servers to the cloud, most likely since we have a lot of external clients, easier to put in one place.  I'd like to add our current cloud servers to our domain and not send our current servers to the cloud without extending active directory, so I have a lot to figure out and have never set this up before so want to do what is best, and also what won't break us.  We are a smaller company.

Thank you so much everyone for your help!

Karen
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netcmhCommented:
Thanks for the grade. Good luck.
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