Ensure that Azure Active Directory authentication is configured to allow you to centrally manage identity and access to your Microsoft Azure SQL database servers by using an Active Directory administrator.
Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication represents an instrument that is used to connect to Microsoft Azure SQL databases and SQL data warehouses using identities available within Active Directory. With Azure AAD authentication, identities of database users and other Microsoft services can be managed in one central location. Central ID management provides a single place to manage SQL database users and simplifies permission management. The AAD authentication feature benefits include:
Providing a secure alternative to SQL database server authentication;
Help to reduce the proliferation of user identities across Azure SQL database servers;
Handling password rotation in a single place;
Eliminating the need for storing passwords by enabling integrated Windows authentication and other forms of authentication supported by Azure Active Directory (AAD);
Allowing customers to manage database permissions using external AAD groups;
Allowing token-based authentication for applications connecting to Azure SQL databases;
Providing support for ADFS (domain federation) or native user/password authentication for a local Azure Active Directory without domain synchronization;
Allowing connections from SQL Server Management Studio that use Active Directory Universal Authentication, which includes Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA);
Allowing similar connections from SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) that use Active Directory Interactive Authentication.
To determine if an Active Directory administrator is configured for SQL authentication within your Azure SQL database server settings, perform the following actions:
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To configure an Azure Active Directory (AAD) administrator for SQL authentication and access to your Microsoft Azure SQL database servers, perform the following actions:
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