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Active Roles 7.2 - Whats New



Active Roles simplifies and streamlines creation and ongoing management of user accounts, groups, and contacts in Windows Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory environments.

Active roles automates:

  • Creating user, groups, and contacts in Active Directory and Azure AD
  • Creating mailboxes on Exchange Server and assigning licenses in Office 365
  • Managing on-premise Exchange and Exchange Online properties

It provides strictly enforced security, rich capabilities for automating directory management tasks, change approval and easy-to-use Web interfaces, to achieve practical user and group account management for the Windows enterprise.

Active Roles also facilitates administration and provisioning for Active Directory, Exchange, and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) in a hybrid environment.

Key new features

Key new features

The new release of Active Roles extends and enhances the capabilities of the product to support management of Microsoft Azure Active Directory in a Hybrid mode. This feature now enables Active Roles to synchronize the on-premises Active Directory objects to the Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

Active Roles 7.2 includes the following features:

  • Re-branding Active Roles product and documentation to One Identity brand.
  • Enhancements for Active Roles Configuration for Hybrid Environment
  • Azure AD /Office 365 Object Management in Hybrid Environment
  • Office 365 License Management for hybrid users
  • Support for managing Skype for business through Active Roles.
  • Active Roles in-place upgrade enhancements.
  • Management of Azure AD Contacts.

  • Management of Azure AD Distribution groups.

  • Enhancements to Azure Active Directory and Office 365 functionality:

    • Azure License Reporting
    • Visual indicator for Azure configuration status
    • Granular license customization
    • Support for synchronized identity environments
    • Azure Application permissions enhancements
    • Support for creating users, groups, and contacts in Azure/Office 365 through SPML

This What’s New document elaborates on the features listed above. For detailed information about these features, see the Active Roles Active Roles Azure Administrator’s Guide.

The following illustration shows the work-flow for management of hybrid environment using Active Roles.


Active Roles Configuration for Hybrid Environment

Key new features > Active Roles Configuration for Hybrid Environment

When a user signs up for a Microsoft cloud service such as Azure Active Directory, details about the user’s organization and the organization’s Internet domain name registration are provided to Microsoft. This information is then used to create a new Azure AD instance for the organization. The same directory is used to authenticate sign in attempts when you subscribe to multiple Microsoft cloud services.

The Azure AD instance of the organization, also called the Azure AD tenant, stores the users, groups, applications, and other information pertaining to an organization and its security. To access the Azure AD tenant, we need an application that is registered with the tenant. Active Roles uses this application, also called the Azure AD application, to communicate with the Azure AD tenant after providing the required consent.

The Active Roles 7.2 Web Interface and Management Shell can be used to perform the Azure AD configuration tasks. The new feature in Active Roles enables you to add or modify existing tenants and applications to the management scope through the web interface and Management Shell.

Note: For more information on the Azure Active Directory Management and configuration tasks, see the Active Roles 7.2 Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Administrator Guide.

Azure AD /Office 365 Object Management in Hybrid Environment

Key new features > Azure AD /Office 365 Object Management in Hybrid Environment

Active Roles 7.2 supports the following Azure AD/Office 365 management tasks on an on-premises Active Directory container which are synchronized with the Azure Active Directory in Hybrid environment:

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