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How to Move Active Directory to the Cloud

Migrating or extending Active Directory domain services to your Cloud infrastructure can be a little overwhelming. Small organizations that have to replace an aging Small Business Server system often have many constraints and scenarios to consider. SherWeb has published a step-by-step guide which explains 2 common cases: Single Server Cloud AD and Hybrid Cloud AD.

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HOW TO BUILDYOUR ACTIVE DIRECTORY SOLUTION ON PERFORMANCE CLOUD

Diagram of an Active Directory installation in the cloud

Active Directory Domain Controller Server Sizing:

Solution starting at $62/month

RAM: 2GB
CPU: 1 (or up to 1000 concurrent users per core)
Storage: 50GB ( 50KB per user )

Single Server Cloud AD scenario

You can greatly reduce your upfront costs with a minimal or off-premises server infrastructure.
This scenario might apply to your business if:

  • You want to reduce local IT infrastructure to a minimum
  • You have little to no internal IT expertise and rely on your MSP for support
  • Your budget prevents the deployment of another local server
  • Your local computers are domain-joined and must continue authenticating to AD
  • Your application servers still leverage AD domain services (LDAP, DNS, NTLM/Kerberos Authentication)
  • Users must still be able to log on to their laptops when they take them home
  • Users must be able to log on to their computers if the site-to-site VPN is down

Pros

  • Low recurring cost
  • Reduced upfront costs
  • No local infrastructure to manage
  • Retain Active Directory capabilities (Central Authentication, GPO, RBAC)

Cons

  • Increased dependency on Internet connection and VPN
  • Increased troubleshooting complexity of authentication issues (requires Active Directory and DNS expertise)

For more details and additional scenarios, download your setup guide.

WHAT IS ACTIVE DIRECTORY?

Active Directory is an umbrella term for a broad range of domain and identity management services under Windows Server operating systems. Active Directory identifies all information about the network, whether it’s users, systems or applications. It provides a directory of all networked resources and helps manage the users’ access to them.

GET THE STEP-BY-STEP DEPLOYMENT GUIDE

  • Detailed diagrams
  • Server roles
  • Detailed sizing instructions
  • Complete step-by-step instructions
  • How to set up Active Directory

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