2

We are preparing to migrate our client's SP 2016 On-Prem to SP Online.

As our first steps we are planning to:

  • Create a Dev environment as a copy of the SP On-Prem (origin), but without most of the content.
  • Create a Staging environment as a copy of the SP Online (destination)

To be honest I don't understand well the role of AD in these different environments.

Can Prod and Dev share the same AD? If yes, is it a good practice?

What about on our destination? How do we set Azure AD for staging?

I've sketched 2 plans:

Plan 1 - Different ADs for Dev and Prod in the origin.

Plan 2 - Share the same AD within the client's vpn.

If you can shed a light on this matter it will be greatly appreciated.

Plan 1 Plan 1

Plan 2 Plan 2

3

It is not possible to have the same Active Directory user replicated to multiple Azure AD tenants. Because of this, Plan 1 would be more appropriate if you're in a hybrid state, though you will have to maintain separate Active Directory forests.

| improve this answer | |
  • 1
    Yes we will both ADs separated. Both in the On-Prem Farm and Online Tenants. Thank you so much Trevor. – jose luis gonzalez clua Apr 8 at 21:29
  • You can add users from another Azure AD tenant as a guest in another...it basically works as federation between tenants. So the account still only exists in one tenant, but can be granted access to another. – DubStep Apr 30 at 18:32
  • Guests have limitations, however (i.e. they cannot access certain O365 Group resources). – Trevor Seward Apr 30 at 19:04
  • I haven't run into any personally. For example, I'm a global administrator on my azure tenant with a guest account. I dunno what that means for O365, but was assuming this was just being used for SharePoint Online access. – DubStep May 4 at 13:24
2

Yes, you can have multiple SharePoint farms in the same domain. There is no good or bad practice about it, as there isn't anything domain specific for a SharePoint farm other than the accounts. It doesn't register any objects in AD. A good practice would be using separate SQL servers and domain accounts for each farm.

| improve this answer | |
  • My concern was loosing some functionality because of SharePoint "not finding" AD users or groups. – jose luis gonzalez clua Apr 8 at 13:15
  • If that is not the case then I might go with Plan 1 in order to have more control over the environment, not depending on the client IT – jose luis gonzalez clua Apr 8 at 13:16

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.