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Azure AD Provisions help you effortlessly synchronize your organization’s user database onto a wide range of CMS (Content Management System) platforms based on the .NET Framework. Save time and resources when adding new users, creating teams, and allocating access privileges.

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Integrating your ASP.NET-based platform will take the entire responsibility off of your content management system and put it on Azure AD. Provisioning and deprovisioning accounts, like adding or removing users and modifying their roles and access privileges will be on Azure Active Directory, freeing you up to focus on the important things. Depending on business requirements, you can add Single Sign-On (SSO), Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), and/or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to make the organization’s processes easier and more secure with just a single service.

What is User Provisioning?

User Provisioning is one half of Identity Access Management that involves creating and updating user accounts across multiple applications and platforms. Information associated with the user, such as names, attributes, group names, and other metadata, is to be synchronized and made available across all applications. It also updates a user’s access privileges and keeps them uniform across the board. When you integrate your ASP.NET CMS platform like nopCommerce, DNN, Kentico, Piranha, Umbraco, etc. to Azure AD, it automatically synchronizes all user profiles for the first time. Beyond this, you can choose how you’d like it to work in the future. User account provisioning is crucial in ensuring the organization’s security and preventing malicious users from gaining unauthorized access to sensitive company data. Besides that, it streamlines the entire process of onboarding new users.

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What is Deprovisioning?

The other half of Identity Access Management is User Deprovisioning. It involves withdrawing a user’s access privileges across the integrated SaaS applications and platforms or removing their accounts entirely if ‌they leave the organization. Deprovisioning is a necessary component of this solution, primarily for security reasons. When an employee at an organization is removed or leaves for whatever reason, one must also remove the user account associated with them from the system. This is to prevent unauthorized or undesirable access to the organization’s sensitive data and assets. CMS platforms based on .NET, like Umbraco, nopCommerce, SiteFinity, Kentico, Piranha, Orchard, etc. can benefit from integrating with Azure AD, especially so that inactive users who have not used your services or even logged in for a long time can be automatically deprovisioned. It makes the system database clutter-free by removing user names, group categories, and metadata that are no longer relevant. This lowers expenses and drives up the efficiency of administrative processes.

What is Auto-provisioning?

Automating the processes that make up user provisioning and deprovisioning, such as creating, modifying, and deleting user accounts is called auto-provisioning. It avoids the problems associated with manually managing profiles, which can be subject to human error. Auto-provisioning is especially useful for identity and access management on a large scale. Azure AD Integrating Provisions can handle provisioning and deprovisioning across thousands of cloud applications for medium-to-enterprise level businesses. It saves time, increases efficiency, reduces errors, and makes your company’s data more secure.

What is Manual provisioning?

As the name suggests, manual provisioning refers to the process of manually creating, modifying, and deleting users. This is generally undesirable compared to auto-provisioning, as it is slow, cumbersome, and prone to human error. However, manual provisioning has its place in certain niche circumstances. If a user account is to be created and/or modified with certain unique provisions or access privileges, then an administrator manually making these changes is more favorable.

What is SCIM?

SCIM stands for System for Cross-Domain Identity Management. It is an open standard for automating user provisioning and deprovisioning. SCIM provides a defined schema for representing users and groups. This simplifies processes, stores data in an easily readable way, and reduces the occurrence of errors. It streamlines user onboarding and offboarding, which is critical for SaaS applications. SCIM works by constantly monitoring for changes in the user directory that it is connected to. When it detects a change, whether that’s users being created, modified, or deleted, they are pushed back to the service provider SCIM endpoints or target directories. If this is done on the Service Provider (SP) side, the SCIM server receives requests for user management and then makes the necessary changes corresponding to what is done on the other end.

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