What’s New in Azure Active Directory for October 2018

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Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s Identity Management-as-a-Service solution, offering seamless access, easy collaboration, efficiency in IT processes and improved security and compliance. In its Release Notes for Azure Active Directory, Microsoft communicated the following new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for October 2018:


What’s New

Azure AD Logs now work with Azure Log Analytics (Public preview)

Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

The Azure AD Team is excited to announce that you can now forward your Azure AD logs to Azure Log Analytics! This top-requested feature helps give you even better access to analytics for your business, operations, and security, as well as a way to help monitor your infrastructure. For more information, see the Azure Active Directory Activity logs in Azure Log Analytics now available blog.


New Federated Apps available in Azure AD app gallery

Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In October 2018, The Azure AD Team has added these 14 new apps with Federation support to the app gallery:


Azure AD Domain Services Email Notifications

Service category: Azure AD Domain Services
Product capability: Azure AD Domain Services

Azure AD Domain Services provides alerts on the Azure portal about misconfigurations or problems with your managed domain. These alerts include step-by-step guides so you can try to fix the problems without having to contact support.

Starting in October, you'll be able to customize the notification settings for your managed domain so when new alerts occur, an email is sent to a designated group of people, eliminating the need to constantly check the portal for updates.

For more information, see Notification settings in Azure AD Domain Services.


What’s Changed

Azure AD portal supports using the ForceDelete domain API to delete custom domains

Service category: Directory Management
Product capability: Directory

The Azure AD Team is pleased to announce that you can now use the ForceDelete domain API to delete your custom domain names by asynchronously renaming references, like users, groups, and apps from your custom domain name (for instance, contoso.com) back to the initial default domain name (for instance, contoso.onmicrosoft.com).

This change helps you to more quickly delete your custom domain names if your organization no longer uses the name, or if you need to use the domain name with another Azure AD.

For more information, see Delete a custom domain name.

Author: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is the author of the Active Directory Administration Cookbook, speaker and blogger at DirTeam.com and ServerCore.net. He is awarded Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Since 2016, Veeam has awarded Sander with the Veeam Vanguard award.