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“Now in Public Preview: User Managed Identity Support for Auditing Azure SQL Database!”

User-Managed Identity Support for Auditing Azure SQL Database is Now Generally Available
Azure SQL Database now supports user-managed identities for auditing, providing a secure and streamlined authentication experience for customers. This feature is now generally available for customers of Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics.

What is User-Managed Identity?
User-managed identity (UMI) is a feature of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) that allows users to securely authenticate to Azure services without the need for a username and password. Instead, UMI leverages the user’s Azure AD identity to authenticate and provide access to Azure services. This eliminates the need to store credentials in files, databases, or other sources, providing a more secure and streamlined experience for users.

How Does it Work?
The UMI feature works by allowing users to configure an identity in Azure AD, which can then be used to authenticate to Azure services. Using UMI, users can authenticate to services without the need to provide a username and password. They can also create and manage their own identities without relying on IT administrators. UMI also provides an additional layer of security, as the identity is managed and authorized by Azure AD, rather than the user.

Benefits of Using UMI for Auditing
Using UMI for auditing provides a number of benefits for customers. It eliminates the need to store the credentials of individual users in databases or files, which can be a security risk. It also streamlines the authentication process, reducing the amount of time required for users to authenticate. Finally, UMI provides an additional layer of security by ensuring that the identity is managed and authorized by Azure AD, rather than the user.

Conclusion
The new UMI feature for auditing Azure SQL Database and Azure Synapse Analytics is now generally available. This feature provides a secure and streamlined authentication experience for customers, eliminating the need to store credentials in files, databases, or other sources. UMI also provides an additional layer of security by ensuring that the identity is managed and authorized by Azure AD, rather than the user. This feature is a great addition to Azure services, providing customers with a more secure and efficient authentication experience.
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