I have an Azure Active Directory (contosodev.net) with Azure Active Directory Domain Services. This directory is a separate directory from our main one (contoso.net). I can add external users as members or guests (such as david@contoso.net), but these users cannot RDP into a VM or authenticate with it, even if I am able to add them to the Remote Desktop Users group on the VM (e.g., it shows up as contosodev\david).

Is this possible? Or is it only possible for users on the actual domain to authenticate?

I have already changed the passwords after enabling the hash synchronization and the normal domain accounts work fine. I am asking because I have contractors that I would like to add under their gmail accounts, but let them RDP, otherwise I will create them actual domain accounts.

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    I’m a bit confused. I’m assuming you’re talking about a regular Windows VM that is domain joined to your on premise AD? I’m not aware of any situation where Azure AD is used to authenticate to a server like this. It’s just not what it’s used for and I don’t think that is possible. Azure AD is used for authenticating to Microsoft services and other web apps. – Appleoddity May 25 '18 at 12:43
  • This is not domain joined to a local AD, but an Azure AD using domain services. It's purely cloud-based (domain controllers are Microsoft managed and not a VM) – David Anderson May 25 '18 at 12:44
  • Please add more information about how the users are added and how they are supposed to access the VM. Comment also whether this procedure applies to you. – harrymc Oct 17 '18 at 8:30
  • @harrymc I’m not the OP but they are external users added as guests through the B2B invitation process. docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/b2b/what-is-b2b – GregGalloway Oct 23 '18 at 22:12
  • I would really have liked to see a description of what happens during the connection and where and how exactly does the problem arrive. Maybe some Troubleshooting information as well. Without more data, you will need to find on our site someone that had solved the same problem in the same setup, which hasn't happened yet. – harrymc Oct 24 '18 at 7:46

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