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How to Perform a Full Sync of AD to Azure AD

By Garth Jones

There may be times when you don’t want to wait for the next automated Azure Active Directory (AAD) synchronization to occur or when you want to immediately ensure that your accounts are up-to-date.

I’ve set out below how you can manually perform a full synchronization.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 1

1. On your AAD server, from the Start menu launch Synchronization Service.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 2 

2. Click the Connectors tab.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 3

3. Right click on the Active Directory Domain Services row and then click Run.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 4 

4. Select Full Synchronization and click OK.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 5

5. Wait for the synchronization to complete. This might take a while if you have a large environment.

Perform a Fully Sync of AD to Azure AD - Step 6

6. You will know when the synchronization is complete when the End Time information is populated and the State is Idle.