How to Perform a Full Sync of AD to Azure AD

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. So, you’ll want to perform a full sync of AD to Azure AD. I’ve set out below how you can manually perform a full synchronization.

Synchronization Service Manager - Step 1

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

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

2. Click on the Connectors tab.

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

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

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

4. Select Full Synchronization and then click on the OK button.

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

6. You will know when the synchronization is complete when the End Time information is populated (see red arrow) and the State is Idle.

If you have any questions about how to perform a full sync of AD to Azure AD, please leave me a note in the comment section below. Or, you can always contact me on Twitter @GarthMJ or send an email to Techtalk.

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  • JJones
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    Thank you. Incompetent Microsoft has a million articles about this but none explaining how to do this. I finally found your article by omitting all microsoft.com in the search results.

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