Azure Active Directory Domain Services - More Pricing Tiers
Can we have more pricing tiers? I run a small consultancy business with 1 user and enabling AADDS will cost in excess of £90 a month, even though I won't have anything like the 25000 objects minimum tier cap. However AADDS is useful for demonstrating to SME clients how they can go cloud only so it would make sense to provide an entry level price point, for example max 2500 objects to suit the smaller scenarios.
Tristan Steele commented
A small low pricing or even free tier for home use would be really great as well. Could even be considered low cost advertising for MS, as skills and usage are developed and learned in the home environment for later use at the office.
Adam Matthews commented
I'd like to echo all the previous requests for a smaller plan for low-user organisations.
-MSP & IT Consultant
Running WVD for my users working from home during the pandemic. As mentioned by others, the AD Domain Services is the most expensive part!
Agree. Running AAD DS just to enable WVD for a few small setups. The AAD DS portion is the most expensive piece. An entry-level tier would enable so many clients to shift to Azure or to move additional workloads and to get their foot in the door. This essentially doubles the cost of a small WVD deployment.
Kurt Gengenbach commented
I totally agree. Small 3 person shop here and Azure AD Domain Services represents more than 50% of our Azure cost. Need to find an alternative.
Totally agree ! We need a dev/test plan (maybe free) and a small business plan.
Working at an MSP, this would allow a radical change in our micrsoft portfolio and open the door for azure services add ons.
Sub $40CDN monthly would be optimal, about the cost to host a real **** server core install somewhere... but not a terrible workaround for SMB.
Yup, it's too expensive for small firms and testing environments.
Andy Price commented
This pricing is a real blocker to projects that we are looking to do with many sub-30 users customers. Azure AD is not a solution, and it seems creating a VM runnning AD doesn't give them same results with i.e. WVD as running ADDS does.
It's a real shame as I have numerous customers who would instantly move their infrastructure / workloads to Azure if the platform was more cost effective.
Also the site-site VPN is too expensive - if you ran this and ADDS, you'd be into over £200 per month before you'd provisioned any VMs.
Missing a trick here Microsoft - sort it out!
Grant Godwin commented
Definitely required - as an MSP this is a great option to setup Managed WVD as a service, but the pricing tier has missed the mark for any org with under 5000 objects...
Steve Lineberry commented
My issue is Azure AD doesn't support radius for wifi authentication with WPA2 Enterprise. If it supported radius then I wouldn't need AAD:DS. Even still, I have 7 users and this is way too expensive. I don't understand why i should go to a lower security for wifi for these 7 users because AAD:DS is needed and too costly.
Agreed. I would like to deploy Windows Virtual Desktop for a two-person company that wants to run an on-premise app in the cloud. But this is too expensive. A lower-priced tier would be great. (Even better, it would be nice if WVD would work without domain services.)
Mike Stephens commented
Remains under review.
One thing to note, is Azure AD DS is not intended to replace traditional on-premises AD-DS. It is intended for lifting and shifting traditional on-premises applications that need legacy authentication such as Kerberos, NTLM, and LDAP or for VDI workloads. I'm reading a lot of comments for small companies, which is great feedback, but lets ensure your using it for the proper use case. If these customers do not have on-prem apps, then Azure AD is the right place for them and they can skip on-premises Active Directory altogether.
Bosco Lau commented
It would be great if AADDS can have <1000 objects tier for dev. test or <5000 objects tier to support SMB.
G. Jongeneel commented
It is far to expensive for a few users (more than € 10 per user for just domain services.....). For companies with just a few users, this option costs more per month than some Office 365 or Microsoft 365 subscriptions and functionality is far less!!
Tommy Kokko commented
I couldn't agree more.
With WVD coming we want to make it available even for the smallest companies without having to use an on premise ad. Current smallest package is far too large, price point for smallest companies should be 25 eur or so. Or just include it in the Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
Toby Riley commented
Yes, please - it's a none starter when you a small consultancy business. Needs to be a lot cheaper for a small 5-10 user company.
Sayed OSman commented
Tim R. commented
Can't agree more. As a small MSP the cost is too high for my small 10 user company. I'd love to see tiers under 25000 to lower costs for those of us in these types of positions. It would help a great deal in being able to research, understand, and sell the services to our customers!
I totally agree with this - there needs to be a small business tier.
I showed it to a client with only 15 users and they didn't like having to spend AU$150 per month just to have AD (they have local users in Azure for now).
More like $30 per month would be appropriate for small groups.