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We are "cloud-sourcing" all our services (web, databases, file storage, e-mail, print, DNS).

As authentication is made on the could-provider side, I'm wondering about the pro and cons to keep our Active Directory domain controller.

For info, we are a small organization with about 50 users (50/50 laptop-travelers / destop office based).

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marked as duplicate by MDMarra, Michael Hampton Jan 27 '14 at 14:48

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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serverfault.com/questions/569730/… (I think you inspired TheCleaner to ask this, but it's still a duplicate, IMHO.) – Katherine Villyard Jan 27 '14 at 14:29

Unless you move to some web-based desktop OS, Active Directory still gives you a significant amount of features related to workstation management that are unparalleled by any other solution. There are also many 3rd party desktop solutions that benefit greatly from AD, like software deployment. And your cloud solution may even support Kerberos authentication, allowing you to maintain SSO between the computers and cloud.

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