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Howdy folks,

On Tuesday we released the preview version of our new Roles Based Access Control (RBAC) Service in Azure. You can read more about it in ScottGu’s blog post.

This new service is an integral part of our vision for Azure Active Directory enabling us to deliver a complete enterprise ready authentication and authorization solution for a world of devices and the cloud. In this first preview release we’re focusing on using it to manage access to the Azure management and control plane. But under the covers we’ve created a centralized, geo-distributed, programmable cloud policy, a distributed policy enforcement run time and a consistent logging and reporting system with centralized collection points. Soon we’ll be opening this system up to other Microsoft teams, 3rd party ISV’s and line of business developers around the world.

For those of you who are interested in learning more, keep your eyes on this blog. In a couple weeks I’ll post a blog with a deep dive into the system architecture and roadmap.

I’m super proud of the work the team has done here. A year ago we were debating over dinner whether this kind of distributed authorization system could even be built. Today the first release of the service is live in preview!

As always, we’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions you have on this new service.

Regards,

Alex Simons (twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director of Program Management

Active Directory Team