First Steps to Moving to Azure RRS feed

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  • Hello<o:p></o:p>

    In our company we currently have a Server 2003 Active Directory Environment. As this
    is going end-of-life next July we need to think about moving and upgrading to
    Azure AD 2012.<o:p></o:p>

    Can anyone give me the basic steps for doing this? I've read lots of articles on the web,
    but I'm still a little confused. I guess a lot of the confusion arises from the fact that we're moving the infrastructure to the cloud AND upgrading the OS at the same time. The questions I have really are: -<o:p></o:p>

    1- Can we totally have our AD network in Azure with just PC's on premise and no servers,
    or do we have to have an on premise 2012 AD DC which is used to authenticate
    logins, etc and synchronizes with other DC's in the cloud?<o:p></o:p>

    2- Do we have to setup an Azure account and build a AD infrastructure there with VM's to
    effectively mirror what we have now in 2003, then copy data, etc over.

    3 -Can we keep the same local domain name, or do we have to create another one in the cloud and create a trust relationship so that we can introduce PC's into the new domain? Can a 2003 and 2012 AD domain co-exist and can a trust relationship be created between the two?

    4 -Why do we need a site-to-site VPN, is it essentially two networks, on premise and
    cloud made one by the VPN?<o:p></o:p>

    Hope it all makes sense. Any help with this or pointers to (very) simple guides greatly appreciated.<o:p></o:p>

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    Many thanks.<o:p></o:p>

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:13 PM


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