Configuring Directory Synchronization in Office 365 Admin Center Preview

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How to start the synchronization between on-premises and Office 365 using the Office365 Admin Center Preview. In this Tutorial, we are going to run the initial wizard which will validate the current environment and provide tools to help fixing the accounts, and getting the ADD Connect which will help the organization to synchronize with Office365. 

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The first step is to make sure that the desired domain is configured, logged on the Office 365 Admin Center Preview, click on Settings, Domains and on the right side check if the domain is being listed as Setup Complete. For this Tutorial we are going to use montreallab.info.

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The next step is to install the Directory Synchronization, click on Settings, Services & Add-ins, click on Directory Synchronization.

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In the new blade, click on Go to the DirSync readiness wizard.

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In the first page of the wizard choose the number of users (don’t try 1-10 because the wizard will tell you to give up of the idea Smile). Let’s go big or go home, select 250+ and click Next.

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The following page is just a description what the synchronization will actually do, long story short, synchronize the local directory with Microsoft Azure/Office 365. Just click Next.

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The wizard will check the Active Directory, and in order to do that a series of requirements must be in place. All requirements are listed on the wizard (browser version, domain joined, OS level, domain admin privileges and so forth), click on Next to start the assessment.

Note: The machine where this checking will run does not have to be a Domain Controller, any domain-joined machine with those pre-requisites is okay.

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Click on Start scan to start the process, this will trigger a new page.

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In the new page, click on Run checks.

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A new dialog box will be displayed, click on Run.

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The process will perform serveral tasks, if everything goes okay a page similar to the one listed below will be displayed. If there is no major issues, we can go back to the previous page (different tab on the browser).

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Back to the wizard, the results of the scan will be displayed. Click on next.

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The wizard will show all the information about the Active Directory, just click Next.

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The wizard will inform on this page a brief explanation about the on-premises domains, click Next.

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A list of all domains in Active Directory will be listed, since the patricio.local is not valid because it is a non-routable domain (valid domain), and only the montreallab.info is the one that passed the test which is the expected. Click Next.

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The wizard will display the information about the added domains, just click next.

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The next step is to check the current environment and clean up the users before performing the initial synchronization. We will cover the IDFix on a separate Tutorial, for now just click Next.

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Last but not least, the Azure Active Directory Connect (AAD Connect) will be available for download, click on it and we will install the tool in a separate Tutorial here at ITPROCentral.com. Click Next.

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Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at MSExchange.org, ITPROCentral.com and AndersonPatricio.org (Portuguese).