Need help joining Azure AD device (Synology DiskStation) to Azure AD.

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Need help joining Azure AD device (Synology DiskStation) to Azure AD.  I found a post https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/tutorial/Management/How_to_join_NAS_to_Azure_AD_Domain#t2 but it discusses a VPN connection.  I'm not sure if this applies to my situation.  How am I able to join workstations to Azure AD but joining a Synology requires a site to site VPN?
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"Azure AD Domain Services" (AADDS) is *not* Azure AD (AAD). It is a different service and has different capabilities and pricing. And yes, joining other devices to AADDS that aren't in Azure requires a VPN.

The device you have cannot join AAD.

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I assume you upgrade from Azure AD for someone to utilize these AADDS services.   Where do go in your Microsoft 365 services to perform the upgrade.  What branding or service needs to be unlocked for utilizing this feature?  Can you utilize MDM (intune) with Azure AD or is another AADDS type function/upgrade?
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It isn't an upgrade. It is an entirely different thing. And is not a part of Microsoft 365 and cannot be purchased from the M365 admin portal. It is a completely separate unrelated Azure service.  You'll want to do a log more research before purchasing as I strongly suspect that it isn't what you are envisioning it is based on your questions.
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can someone tell me what I need to pursue this synology setup?
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I'd your goal is to join the synology to join Azure AD then then answer simply is "you can't."

It is just like my toaster from 1985. It has no reasonable knowledge of Azure AD and no common language to talk to it.  That's it.

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ok, I did further research on my own because I was struggling with all the Microsoft components and their branding for centralize management of a network. The cost is cheaper with Active Directory Server, in Azure or On-Premises (Traditional AD, extend to cloud *** No ADDS)  

AADDS service alone is $110.  You may as well have all the added benefits of traditional AD plus merge with Azure AD if you have or would like to go to Office 365.  

This is an actual server or VM that running the domain controller role and resides either local hosted onsite with the organization, in a colo (Rackspace, AWS, Azure, etc)

The initial goal was to join to AADDS.  Then the Synology will be able to authenticate to domain controller in the cloud and manage in Azure AD but the monthly costs are surprisingly more expensive than merging traditional AD with office 365

I made a full Azure post with illustrations in the link here.

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