As you might know with the release of Windows 10 Microsoft gave the ability to join your computer to Azure Active Directory to manage the devices from the cloud.

The main benefit to connecting your computer to Azure AD is that you get Single Sign On(SSO) to all of your Office 365 apps and as Office 365 uses Azure AD for to store all of its user information if you have Office 365 you have Azure AD.

To enroll your device into Azure AD follow these steps

Open the settings

Windows settings

From the settings app open the System settings

System settings azure ad

Select the about tab and click the Join Azure AD button

join azure ad domain

Type in your Azure AD Credentials and hit the sign in button

type in your azure ad credentials
Once you have finished joining AD on Azure then you will need to restart the computer and log in using the Azure AD credentials.
Now you are enrolled into your organisation.



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How to work out Azure Pricing

When you are first looking at taking the dive and using Microsoft Azure you will want to be able to figure out how much it is going to cost. There is the Azure Pricing Calculator that you can use to get pricing but this calculator is not 100% accurate.

The acutal price of Azure services changes depending on where you are going to store the servers(meaning which data center or data centers). If you want completely accurate pricing you can look at the Azure Pricing Pages for a more accurate picture of how much your cloud solution will cost.

Watch this video where I show you how to figure out how much azure actually costs.

When you are tying to figure out how much Azure costs make sure you have the solution you want to achieve clearly defined, you will need to know:

  • Where you want your services stored
  • What services you want to use(servers, web hosting, app services, storage, backup, etc)
  • How much data you are going to store
  • Estimate of the bandwidth requirments
  • How are you going to connect to these services(open ports, VPN, etc)
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