Set up Active Directory or Azure Active Directory

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The method we recommend for managing a large set of user accounts is to use Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for Azure DevOps Services and Active Directory (AD) for Azure DevOps Server or Team Foundation Server (TFS). By managing your user base using AD/Azure AD, you simplify the maintenance of managing permissions across your organization.

If you only have to manage a small set of users, then you can skip this step. However, if you foresee that your organization may grow, you may want to set up AD or Azure AD. Also, if you plan on paying for extra services, you'll need to set up Azure AD for use with Azure DevOps to support billing.

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Note

Without Azure AD, all Azure DevOps users must sign in using Microsoft accounts, and you must manage account access by individual user accounts. Even if you manage account access using Microsoft accounts, you need to set up an Azure subscription in order to manage billing.

Set up Active Directory for use with Azure DevOps Server

Use these resources to learn about installing Active Directory. Typically, you should install Active Directory prior to installing TFS.

Set up Active Directory for use with an on-premises TFS

Use these resources to learn about installing Active Directory. Typically, you should install Active Directory prior to installing TFS.

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