Managed Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is a highly available, hardened Google Cloud service running actual Microsoft AD that enables you to manage your cloud-based AD-dependent workloads, automate AD server maintenance and security configuration, and extend your on-premises AD domain to the cloud.
Actual Microsoft AD
Use a service with actual Microsoft Active Directory domain controllers, so your work isn’t slowed down by application compatibility worries. Your IT and security teams can use built-in Active Directory features and standard AD administration tools.
Enable your IT and security teams to focus on higher-value tasks, knowing that the service is highly available, automatically patched, configured with secure baselines, and protected by appropriate network firewall rules.
Extend your on-premises Active Directory domain to Google Cloud or deploy a standalone domain for your cloud-based workloads, including VMs and applications. Your choice.
An actual AD domain
Decrease compatibility issues using a service that runs real Microsoft Active Directory domain controllers on the latest Windows Server builds. Integrate with Cloud DNS to enable automatic domain discovery for VMs.
Familiar features and tools
Enable your IT and security teams to use standard Active Directory features, such as Group Policy, and familiar administration tools, such as Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), to manage the domain.
Have more confidence in the availability of your domain controllers knowing that the service runs in a highly available configuration, similar to this topology, in multiple regions.
Give IT teams more time by allowing the service to automatically patch servers, take AD snapshots for recovery, monitor for issues, and replace domain controllers that fail.
Make Active Directory infrastructure less prone to misconfiguration, knowing that the service is hardened with secure configuration baselines and appropriate network firewall rules.
Achieve a higher flexibility by being able to connect Managed Service for Microsoft AD with your existing on-premises domain or run the service as a standalone domain.
Managed Service for Microsoft® AD
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This product is in alpha. For more information on our product launch stages, see here.