The Microsoft identity and access solution allows you to establish and easily maintain a single, consistent representation of identity across the datacenter and cloud. You can then use that common identity to ensure appropriate access to corporate information and network resources.
Simplified Identity Management
The identity and access solution provides a single view of user information, allowing you to reduce security risk and lower the burden of managing multiple credentials. Active Directory Domain Services provides a single view of all user information, which you can use to efficiently manage users, computers, groups, printers, applications, and other directory-enabled objects. Forefront Identity Manager allows you to easily provision and manage identities and groups based on business policy across heterogeneous systems, lowering IT costs and reducing manual errors.
The identity and access solution allows you to manage identities consistently across private and public clouds––and makes it easier for organizations to transition resources gradually to public cloud infrastructure. Windows Active Directory Domain Services serves as the primary directory for managing user, group, and device data. Active Directory Federation Services enables the corporate Active Directory to communicate with heterogeneous identity stores, allowing for a seamless single sign-on experience for end users. And Windows Azure Active Directory seamlessly extends your Windows Active Directory to the Windows Azure cloud.
Secure, Always-on Remote Access
The identity and access solution gives secure, immediate access to workers based on their identity, regardless of where they are located and what device they are using. DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 allows a Windows client device to directly connect to corporate intranet resources. The Routing and Remote Access Service VPN in Windows Server 2012 extends traditional VPN connectivity to unmanaged or cross-platform client computers, while also supporting site-to-site VPN for cross-premises cloud access. These solutions can be deployed together, using the same set up wizards and management console. Forefront Unified Access Gateway adds secure application publishing to a wide range of client devices.
Information Protection & Compliance
The identity and access solution helps you keep corporate intellectual property secure and simplifies regulatory compliance. Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012 allows you to classify and add document rights management protection to important information on your file servers, control who has access to classified information through centralized access policy, and then audit who has accessed the classified information. Active Directory Rights Management Services encrypts Office documents and email to prevent corporate data from being shared with unauthorized users––either inside or outside of the organization.