Synchronization is evolving in a fast pace to keep it up with Microsoft Azure/Office 365 products. In the past we had/still have FIM, DirSync, AAD Sync, and nowadays AAD Connect which is the topic of this Tutorial. The AAD Connect is the last addition to the synchronization family, and the natural tendency is that overtime we will be using only this tool to perform all synchronization needs.
There are several steps to get to this point, and some of them are: adding and validating a domain in Office365/Azure, starting the wizard on Office365 to get the Azure AD Connect and then we will get to this point which the actual installation of the tool and synchronization between on-premises and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). All those key steps are covered in different Tutorials here at ITPROCentral.com.
Prerequisites – Creating a synchronization account…
The first step is to create a synchronization account in Office365, and this account will be configured during the AAD Connect installation. In order to create, logged on Admin Center Preview, click on Users, Active Users and then click on Add a user button.
In the new blade fill out the information, for this Tutorial we are going to create the account firstname.lastname@example.org and this account must be assigned as Global Administrator.
Installing the Azure AD Connect…
The installation is much easier than its predecessors because it is just a few clicks away for the vast majority of the customers, however the same tool allows customization where we can define some special settings. We will keep it simple and install using default settings.
In the first page, just agree with the license terms and click Continue.
AAD Connect by default offers Use Express Settings and that can be used if you have a single forest and want to synchronize all passwords with Azure AD and all attributes. Click on Use express settings.
The wizard will start the components and perform additional checks.
In the Connect to Azure AD page. Enter the credentials that we created at the beginning of this Tutorial, and click Next.
In the Connect to AD DS page. Enter the on-premises credentials, this account must be Enterprise Administrator. Click Next.
In the Ready to configure page. We can click on Install to finish up the configuration and start the synchronization, however we do have a couple of options, such as: configure Exchange hybrid deployment and decide if we want to start the synchronization when the configuration is completed. Click on Install.
The final page comes with the information that the configuration is complete and if you decided to perform the initial synchronization, then it has started already, wait a few minutes (depending on the size of your environment and internet connectivity) and the Office365/Azure AD will be populated with the accounts from the on-premises environment.
The final step is to look into Office365 Admin Center Preview and the on-premises accounts will be available over there. We will have to work on filters to make sure that we replicate only the required accounts.