Different Azure AD Join Types
It can take some research and tests to understand the difference between different Azure AD join types.
I summarised some key differences in the following.
Difference between Azure AD registered Azure AD joined Hybrid Azure AD joined Primary audience Bring your own device (BYOD) Mobile devices Organizational computer Organizational computer OS Windows 10, iOS, Android, and MacOS Windows 10 devices (except Windows 10 Home) Windows Server 2019 Virtual Machines running in Azure (except Server core) Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 Windows Server 2008/R2, 2012/R2, 2016 and 2019 Device sign in options Local account Windows Hello Organizational account in Azure AD Windows Hello for Business Organizational account in on-prem AD Windows Hello for Business Sign in authenticate to Local computer Azure AD On-prem domain controller Device management MDM (Intune) MDM (Intune) MDM (Intune) and Group policy SSO SSO to cloud resources SSO to both cloud and on-premises resources SSO to both cloud and on-premises resources Self-service Password Reset Only for local account For Organizational account at login/lock screen For Organizational account at login/lock screen
As more and more staff work from home, IT starts to consider solutions to allow remote identity management without relying on line-of-sight to domain controllers. so:
- If you want to login to a computer by authenticating to Azure AD, you will need to unbind the computer from on-prem AD then bind to Azure AD. A hybrid Azure AD joined computer will still authenticate to your domain controller
- Microsoft recommends to use the MDM-only approach to manage all Azure AD joined devices, instead of co-management with SCCM.