All posts tagged DirSync

As part of book writing I used Azure Active Directory Connect to setup Directory Sync, ADFS and ADFS Proxy in a lab environment. While configuring I saw something helpful which I wanted to share with you. If I wanted to initiate a Sync with the good old DirSync I always ran the Configuration Wizard again, since the last step of the wizard was initiating a sync. Always fun with remembering the accounts and passwords. 😉

With Azure Active Directory a scheduled task is configured to run every 3 hours after the initial configuration. This means that you are able to start the task manually to initiate a sync. May save you some time waiting for objects to be synchronized to Azure Active Directory.

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AAD Sync Scheduled Task

 

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In an earlier blog I showed you that Azure Active Directory Connect is the successor of DirSync and AADSync, both are still supported but will be replaced in the future. So while being in the process of preparing my Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite session at BriForum this month I wanted to upgrade to the latest and greatest. So how do we upgrade DirSync to AAD Connect?

Let’s have a look, the Product Group made it so easy that it is almost Next, Next Finish. 🙂

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Windows-Intune-3As an Enterprise Client Manager you need to of course use the Windows Intune integration in Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 to be able to manage also your mobile devices next to all other Windows, Unix, Linux and MAC OS-X devices.

When setting up Dirsync to synchronize the active directory account to Windows Azure Active Directory, you need to configure the administrator account to get access to this service. After 90 days the password of this account will expire by default and the synchronization will fail since you need to change the password.

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