Office 365/Active Directory Synchronisation

Good Morning,

For the past 12 months we have been running Office365 in our organisation for email and using DIRSync to synchronise our Active Directory accounts to the cloud.

This has been working well, however we would like to move from On Premise SharePoint Foundation 2013 to SharePoint Online.

I am asking the experts here on the best options for allowing users access SharePoint Online and other Office 365 applications when connected to the domain without having to re enter credentials.

I have briefly looked at Centrify and I am unwilling to take the Active Directory Federated Services route as we don't really want to add another layer of hardware to our infrastructure, I am the only support person for our organisation and I need to keep things simple as possible for those rare times when I am unavailable.

Thanks in advance,

Gerald Meyer
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The only way to do what you want is ADFS.  Even other SSO providers like Centrify require credentials.  They are "SSO" in the perspective if you only sign into their service once and access all configured apps, but that isn't quite the same as relying on already-entered domain credentials.  A subtle, but distinct, difference.
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gezzam25Author Commented:
Cool, thanks...

Is there a way to have local Active Directory to integrate with Azure Active Directory to allow seamless sign on to the http://myapps.microsoft.com/ site so they don't have to authenticate? Or same problem, I still need to use ADFS as per my initial post.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Same construct and same requirements. ADFS is needed for seamless.
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gezzam25Author Commented:
Would you recommend something like this?

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/09/10/step-by-step-enabling-a-primary-ad-fs-server-in-azure-for-office365-single-sign-on.aspx

Or on premise ADFS server?

I like the look of doing in on an Azure VM better
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Either way js fine. Both have different benefits, drawbacks, and some unique skills to manage. It depends on your infrastructure, skill set, comfort level, and whether you prefer capex or opex for that cost.
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gezzam25Author Commented:
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated
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