Azure AD Password Protection for Active Directory Domain Services with PowerBI reporting


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  • Have you thought as a manager, how secure are passwords on your premises?
  • How do you guard against spray attacks from hackers?

Azure Active Directory Protection for Active Domain uses Microsoft curated list to scan for weak passwords, give a report for the weak password. The customer can use a custom list in addition, according to the organization culture on common passwords in addition to the audit.


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ADDS – Active Directory Domain Services
Azure AD – Azure Active Directory
DC – Domain Controller


Azure AD Password Protection detects and blocks known weak passwords and their variants, and can also block additional weak terms that are specific to your organization. On-premises deployment of Azure AD Password Protection uses the same global and custom banned password lists that are stored in Azure AD, and does the same checks for on-premises password changes as Azure AD does for cloud-based changes. These checks are performed during password changes and password reset events against on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain controllers. The service already exists on the Azure service, given that the customer has license for Premium P1 or Premium P2 and is running a hybrid architecture. The customer will need to activate the service and deploy solution.


License Requirements

  1. The customer must already be subscribing to Azure services
  2. The customer must have either Premium P1 or Premium P2 package
  3. The customer must have a hybrid infrastructure with Azure services for both on-premises and cloud
  4. On-premises AD DS users that are not synchronized to Azure AD also benefit from Azure AD Password Protection based on existing licensing for synchronized users.
  5. PowerBI license with free or paid version for dashboard

Hardware requirements

  1. Since your DCs never talk directly with Azure you need at least 2 Azure AD Password Protection Proxy Servers per Forest for high availability and should be placed in the Root Domain. The Azure AD Password Protection Proxy Servers must be Windows Server 2012R2 or above.
  2. Download the Azure AD Password Protection software

System operation

Audit mode – scans the passwords according to current policies and identifies unsecured password. The customer will make a decision according to statistics of the number of unfit vs fit passwords.
Enforce mode – ban all unsecured passwords as a customer try to make them.

Our services

  •  Assess existing architecture and recommend
  • Deploy and configure the solution according to Microsoft best practices
  • Help in creating a custom password list
  • Running workshops: User training, supporting the solution, Usage
  • PowerBI reporting
  • Consult on the overall process

Microsoft PowerBI Dashboard solution for better visualization and analysis

Basic reporting is available in tabular forms, with the enhancement of a Microsoft PowerBI reporting tool more information can be extracted in the form of graphics, it works on both paid and free versions.


  • Gives a status of weak passwords on the domain
  • Gives a compliance report according to the Microsoft curated list
  • Identifies weak passwords
  • Monitors users’ activities on changes and resetting a password
  • A continuous automated report, that updates regularly

Training and awareness program

After the first audit, depending on the result. The customer can opt for training of staff on awareness on how to create secure passwords and the implications on security for unsecured passwords, including basic technical support for the technical team.


  • Assessment
  • Deployment (audit mode)
  • Workshops
  • PowerBI reporting
  • Enforce mode

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