Forcing Synchronization with Windows Azure Active Directory

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In this Tutorial we are going over the process to force the synchronization with Windows Azure Active Directory using the latest Directory Synchronization tool available.


Logged in the computer that has the Directory Synchronization Tool installed, open the Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:Program FilesWindows Azure Active Directory Sync. Then, double click on DirSyncConfigShell.


In order to synchronize new objects created in the environment right away to the Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD), we just need to run the following cmdlet below and the output will be similar to the show in the figure below.



Full Synchronization…

In some situations (filtering being enabled or to remove objects that are no longer synchronized with WAAD) a full synchronization may be required and running the following cmdlet we can accomplish this task.

Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync –FullSync



In this Tutorial we went over the process to synchronize with WAAD.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at,, and Anderson (Portuguese).