Azure Active Directory is the foundation of your users’ experience with Office 365.
If Azure AD is in good shape, your users will be able to work securely and conveniently.
But unless you’re working full time with Azure and Office 365, it can be a daunting task to keep track of all settings.
This is where Azure Active Directory Recommendations come into play.
How to Enable Azure AD Recommendations
The Azure Active Directory Recommendations are currently (March 2022) in preview. This means you have to explicitly enable this feature:
Log in to the Azure Portal and go to your Azure AD Preview Features section:
To enable the Azure Active Directory Recommendations feature, turn it on in the ‘state’ column, and remember to click Save before exiting the menu.
When the Azure Active Directory Recommendations have been enabled, you can review your recommendations in the Overview section of your Azure AD:
Any recommendations listed here are tailored to your environment.
To see a detailed description of the recommendations, click the link in the ‘Recommendation’ column:
If you have a lot of recommendations, it may be helpful to keep track of them.
For each recommendation, you can set a status that reflects the implementation status:
In this way, you and your colleagues can keep track of the progress.
Consolidate On-Premises AD and Office 365 Management
Azure Active Directory Recommendations is a great way to save time. Instead of endless research, you can immediately get some great tips on improving security and user experience.
Another way to save time is to consolidate your on-premises AD management and Office 365 management.
Easy365Manager is a snap-in to AD Users & Computers that lets you perform your daily Office 365 management inside AD Users & Computers.
As an example, watch how easy it is to assign Office 365 licenses directly from user properties:
With Easy365Manager, you can perform lots of stuff that usually requires PowerShell scripting.
Like configuring calendar permissions or triggering Azure AD Connect synchronization:
Easy365Manager even allows you to get rid of your on-premises Exchange Server. This will potentially save you a lot of money by immediately eliminating the following:
- Power and hardware/VM resources
- OS license costs
- 3rd party license costs (AV/backup/monitoring)
- Time used on maintenance and troubleshooting
- Risk of being attacked by zero-day exploits like Hafnium
Get an overview of all Easy365Manager features here.
Download a fully functional 30-day trial here.