How to Sync On-premise AD with Windows Azure AD using Azure AD Sync tool
Before syncing the on-premise AD with Azure AD, let's warm up with the basic concepts involved with this topic. Let's start with
Azure AD; it is a service that provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud. Azure AD can be integrated with
existing on-premise AD for providing single sign-on functionality for their users to access the cloud applications. So it is essential
for organizations to keep the identities in both on-premise AD and Azure AD to be in sync. To solve this sync requirement, we have Azure
Active Directory Sync tool, which provides one-way synchronization from on-premise AD to Azure AD.
4. Testing Sync between on-premise AD and Azure AD
Now comes the interesting part, as we always feel better to taste (test) than cook (configure). So let's taste
the dish which we have prepared in the previous section.
- Now I create a test user account in on-premise AD as shown below,
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for list of attributes that are synced by the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync tool.
To confirm the sync between on-premise AD with Azure AD, now I login to windows azure management
console and navigate to Active Directory > Azure AD > Users. In the Users list, now I confirm that the user
account created in on-premise AD is synchronized with Windows Azure AD as shown below,
Thus we have synchronized the on-premise AD with Windows Azure AD using Azure AD Sync tool.