Managing Microsoft Entra ID User Authentication
Managing Microsoft Entra ID User Authentication looks at authentication methods available with Microsoft Entra ID, excluding verifiable ID. The lesson starts by outlining the different methods, their security and convenience profiles, and their pros and cons. We then look at each authentication method in more depth, see how to set up and configure them, and how they are implemented in cloud-only and hybrid environments.
- Learn about the authentication methods available with Microsoft Entra ID
- Learn how each authentication method works
- See how Microsoft Entra ID mitigates password weaknesses
- Students working towards the SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator exam
- Those who want to know about authentication methods available with Microsoft Entra ID
- Have a general understanding of the principles underlying user authentication
- Configuring Tenant-Wide Settings in Azure Active Directory is a useful precursor to this lesson
Hi, and welcome to this Managing Microsoft Entra ID User Authentication lesson. My name is Hallam Webber, and I'm an Azure instructor with 25-plus years of experience in the IT industry, and since 2014 I've focused on Microsoft Azure and related technologies.
This lesson is for those students wanting to learn about the pros and cons of the various user authentication methods available with Microsoft Entra ID, as well as students preparing for the SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator exam.
We start with a comparison overview outlining the attributes of the different authentication methods, focusing on security versus ease of use and their various pitfalls. We then move on to an in-depth look at each authentication method and how it operates. While passwords are the weakest form of authentication, they are still the most common by some margin, so we see how Microsoft Entra ID can mitigate password weaknesses.
While this lesson starts with a birds-eye view of authentication, it assumes you’re aware of basic concepts like MFA – multi-factor authentication. We will be looking at how some authentication methods can be configured through the Microsoft Entra administration portal.
It would be helpful if you’ve already viewed the Configuring Tenant-Wide Settings in Azure AD lesson, as it provides complimentary content and context.
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Hallam is a software architect with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries. He began his software career as a Delphi/Interbase disciple but changed his allegiance to Microsoft with its deep and broad ecosystem. While Hallam has designed and crafted custom software utilizing web, mobile and desktop technologies, good quality reliable data is the key to a successful solution. The challenge of quickly turning data into useful information for digestion by humans and machines has led Hallam to specialize in database design and process automation. Showing customers how leverage new technology to change and improve their business processes is one of the key drivers keeping Hallam coming back to the keyboard.