Okta is great for Microsoft technologies

Okta is an innovator and leader of the cloud identity access management space. It's the first choice of thousands of customers adopting cloud applications to enable rapid and cost-effective deployments. We're focused on solving identity and access management for our customers with a turn-key and user-centric solution.

Okta’s identity architecture not only bridges existing or legacy infrastructure into the future, it also enables customer choice beyond Microsoft technologies. This includes cloud applications, workflow orchestration, network security, application delivery, analytics, cloud application security brokers (CASB), API management, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

Why customers choose Okta for Microsoft technologies

Strong Partnership

Okta is certified by the Azure Team and is a Microsoft Gold Partner

Broad Coverage

Okta integrates with a wide variety of Microsoft products

Unique Value Adds

Okta’s integrations offer value around simplification, high availability, and security

Office 365

Deploy 6X Faster with Okta

Office 365 continues to be the most popular application deployed using Okta for identity. That’s because Okta shortens the deployments of Office 365 from over six months to under four weeks for tens of thousands of users. Okta also offers unique functionality for automation and user experience that leads to long term operational cost savings.

Current Challenges

Customers are told to choose either lightweight Pass-Through Authentication and AAD Connect — with no federated single sign-on or high availability — or AD FS, which requires six or more components per Active Directory domain. More complex Office 365 environments are significantly simpler to deploy with Okta.

Key benefits of Okta + Office 365

  • 100% cloud-based identity solution = no physical infrastructure required
  • Automated Office 365 license management
  • Just in time user provisioning, one-click deprovisioning

Active Directory + AD FS

Okta enables access to any app using AD credentials

Organizations using Active Directory typically manage thousands of user identities. An acquisition brings in new systems and domains that need to be consolidated and connected to company resources. Okta makes it very simple to manage complex Active Directory environments to provide access to cloud and on-premises applications.

Current Challenges

Customers using their current Active Directory (AD) as the single source of truth will need to build out a complex federation infrastructure with six or more AD FS servers for every single AD domain that the organization may have, or use Azure AD Connect Pass-through Authentication, which does not offer single sign-on and high availability. Each of these options require opening firewall ports.

Consolidating domains after a merger or acquisition can often take weeks (even months) of effort from multiple IT teams to manage these transitions. During the transition period end users don’t have access to the tools or resources they need, and the company’s security posture is at stake when it is reliant on the security of its weakest link.

Key benefits of Active Directory + Okta

  • Built-in support for multiple trusted and untrusted AD forests enable efficient domain consolidation
  • Real-time synchronization of users managed in AD via Okta AD agent
  • No firewall modifications necessary and no on prem infrastructure needed

Learn more about Okta + Microsoft Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services

Windows 10

Okta enables easy integration to Windows 10 new features

Customers that have standardized on Windows 10, can still use Okta to manage identity. Okta supports Microsoft’s modern browser, authentication methods, and provides efficient single sign-on and device management for all your Windows 10 ecosystem. Most organizations have to support a multitude of devices both corporate issued and user owned. Okta offers a future-proof, vendor-neutral identity architecture.

Okta also enables Windows 10 desktop single sign-on using Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA). You can find Okta apps for Windows 10 in the Microsoft Store for Business, too.

Key benefits of Windows 10 + Okta

  • Extend Windows Hello facial recognition authentication to more apps and devices
  • Automatic join for Windows 10 devices to Azure Active Directory
  • Extend System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune device co-management to Macs, Linux, and various other mobile devices
  • Integrate and extend Windows 10 to more applications and devices

Azure Active Directory

Okta enables single sign-on for hybrid deployments with Azure AD

Customers using Azure cloud applications like O365 are provisioned by default in Azure AD. For synchronising user accounts from on-premises AD into Azure AD there are several serious trade-offs around on-premises footprint, availability and security.

Okta has an agentless custom integration with Azure Active Directory that allows Okta to do the lifecycle management of users. 

Key benefits of Azure Active Directory + Okta

  • Automate provisioning, updating, and deprovisioning of user accounts into Azure AD       
  • Simplify hybrid environments
  • Extend beyond Azure cloud and applications to enable customer choice

Microsoft On-Premises SharePoint Servers

Customers want to protect their investments in Microsoft SharePoint Server. Okta provides a broad set of functionality to address the user management, single sign-on and federation needs of the on-premises SharePoint servers.

Okta integration improves collaboration between customers and partners, or internal users from multiple divisions. Users in both on-premises and cloud directories can log in through Okta to access a single on-premises SharePoint deployment.

Key benefits of On-Premises SharePoint + Okta

  • Cloud single sign-on to on-premises SharePoint, and any on-premises web applications hosted on SharePoint
  • Enable all users – internal employees, external customers, business partners – to access SharePoint and collaborate on the same platform
  • Expose on-premises business intelligence applications to federated external users

Microsoft Intune Mobile App Management

Okta enables the choice of device management solutions

A number of customers are moving to a device trust model to handle the proliferation of devices per user and the diversity of user owned and corporate owned devices. Some customers still rely on device management solutions like Intune. Okta integrates with MDM providers like Intune, MobileIron, and Airwatch.

Okta’s device trust model requires devices to meet a number of contextual conditions — such as IP address, location, user group, and enrollment in a mobile device management solution — before they can access cloud services. Okta will check if the device is managed. It will approve access for Windows devices that are joined to on-premises AD, and require Mac and iOS devices to be enrolled in Intune or another MDM solution.

Key benefits of Intune + Okta

  • Get the cloud identity and access management benefits like SSO, lifecycle management, and MFA, along with Intune’s mobile device management
  • Okta's device trust can assess a device's security posture, and use Intune app protection 
  • Easy transition to a more simple and secure device trust model

Learn more about Okta Solutions


Okta simplifies access to Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software applications that run on the Office 365 platform.

Okta’s agentless custom integration with Office 365 enables access to Dynamics applications with no requirements to set up and manage physical infrastructure, or change firewall settings.

Key benefits of Microsoft Dynamics + Okta

  • 100% cloud-based, integrated platform that works at large scale and low cost
  • Automated, preconfigured authentication to Microsoft Dynamics
  • No physical infrastructure or tools required

Learn more about Okta solutions


Cloud Application Security

Maximize the benefits of Cloud App Security with Okta

Many of our customers use cloud application security broker (CASB) solutions like Microsoft Cloud App Security to protect data on corporate-owned applications, enforce data loss prevention policies, and detect and alert on security incidents.

Combining a CASB with identity and access management delivers unprecedented insight and control into on-premises and cloud environments, and helps security teams combat complex cyber threats.

Okta’s API-driven identity platform enables two-way communication with Cloud App Security to help monitor and secure SaaS applications. Okta collects information on users, their devices, and location to manage access and monitor activity in cloud applications.

Key benefits of Cloud App Security + Okta

  • Use Cloud App Security's built-in connector to Okta to receive data on user logins
  • Extend Okta's syslog capabilities to view reports in the Cloud App Security portal
  • Use Cloud App Security's policy monitoring and response capabilities to gain insight into user access to O365 applications

Microsoft Azure Information Protection

Azure Information Protection is a content classification solution that enables an administrator or end users to classify, label, and protect documents and emails. Using Okta as the identity provider provides role-based access control to Azure Information Protection and thousands of SaaS apps in the Okta Integration Network.

Since this is a cloud-based service that requires user authentication into Azure Active Directory, Okta will speed up deployment of this service through its rapid provisioning of users into Azure AD. Environments with user identities stored in LDAP and Okta Universal Directory can use Okta to provision user identities from those directories into Azure Active Directory.

Okta’s role and license management capabilities can define an administrator in the Azure AD tenant.  Administrators can create templates and data classification labels in the Azure portal, enforce template policies based on the content of the document or email, and create secure mail flow policies in Office 365. Templates with Azure Information Protection policies can be shared across all users in an Okta-connected Azure Active Directory tenant.

Key benefits of Azure Information Protection + Okta

  • Start with a simple, wizard driven integration to Azure AD via your Okta portal
  • Set up policies in the Azure portal to help protect sensitive information
  • Remove access to any Microsoft Online resource using Okta's automated deprovisioning capability

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