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Azure AD Connect 1.1 is now available

 

These days I’m in The Netherlands where I had the opportunity to meet some great people and we’ve started talking about Azure AD. So I had to spread the news about a new version of the Azure AD Connect tool.

Microsoft now provides us version 1.1. Azure AD Connect is a simple tool that allows you to synchronize your on-premises AD objects to Azure AD, doing that easily and effectively.

If you want to know more about Azure AD Connect, you can see a presentation that I’ve delivered lately using the previous version of the tool. The video of the presentation can be found here: https://spanougakis.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/azure-ad-what-is-multifactor-authentication-2/

So let’s go and see what is new about this new version of AAD Connect. You can first download the tool from the Microsoft web site here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594 and if you go and check the version, you can clearly see that this is version 1.1.105.0, published on the 16th of February 2016. Assuming that you’ve already downloaded this new version, you should install it on your on-premises Domain Controller. On my Domain Controller I had the previous version of AAD Connect, so I could tell the differences by just comparing the 2 files, where you can clearly see a difference in size:

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So let’s install the new version. You can immediately see that this will be an upgrade of the old version of AAD Connect. Please note that synchronization will stop during the upgrade:

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As soon as the synchronization engine is upgraded, you’re asked to provide your credentials to connect to Azure AD:

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The next step is to provide your local Domain Administrator credentials:

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And we’re almost finished, you should click the “Upgrade” button to go on:

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If you want to check the status of the synchronization, you can use the Synchronization Service Manager console to see when the last synchronization happened:

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If you logon to the Azure AD Portal, you could quickly identify the user accounts that were synchronized from your on-premises Active Directory:

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But what are actually the new benefits and improvements we get from that new version of AAD Connect? Let’s take a look.

Automatic Upgrade: Microsoft says that they may update Azure AD Connect on a regular basis. By enabling this feature, it will be possible to auto-update the tool to future versions and benefit from improvements and new capabilities with no administrative intervention.

Reduced Sync Interval: The default sync interval was set at 3 hours and changing that frequency has not been supported. Now the tool now supports sync directory data every 30 minutes. Additionally, you can configure the sync interval in a supported way. However, you choosing a value lower than 30 minutes is not supported.

To see your current configuration settings, go to PowerShell and run Get-ADSyncScheduler. It will show you something like this:

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  • AllowedSyncCycleInterval. The most frequently Azure AD will allow synchronizations to occur. You cannot synchronize more frequently than this and still be supported.
  • CurrentlyEffectiveSyncCycleInterval. The schedule currently in effect. It will have the same value as CustomizedSyncInterval (if set) if it is not more frequent than AllowedSyncInterval. If you change CustomizedSyncCycleInterval, this will take effect after next synchronization cycle.
  • CustomizedSyncCycleInterval. If you want the scheduler to run at any other frequency than the default 30 minutes, you will configure this setting. If you set this to a value lower than AllowedSyncInterval, the latter will be used.
  • NextSyncCyclePolicyType. Either Delta or Initial. Defines if the next run should only process delta changes, or if the next run should do a full import and sync, which would also reprocess any new or changed rules.
  • NextSyncCycleStartTimeInUTC. Next time the scheduler will start the next sync cycle.
  • PurgeRunHistoryInterval. The time operation logs should be kept. These can be reviewed in the synchronization service manager. The default is to keep these for 7 days.
  • SyncCycleEnabled. Indicates if the scheduler is running the import, sync, and export processes as part of its operation.
  • MaintenanceEnabled. Shows if the maintenance process is enabled. It will update the certificates/keys and purge the operations log.
  • IsStagingModeEnabled. Shows if staging mode is enabled.

You can modify all these settings with Set-ADSyncScheduler. The parameter IsStagingModeEnabled can only be set by the installation wizard.

More details about the scheduler can be found in this article, which I recommend you should take it a look: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/active-directory-aadconnectsync-feature-scheduler/

Modern Authentication: in the past the Azure AD Connect wizard did not natively integrate with Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure AD. As a result, using an admin account with MFA was difficult (take a look at this blog post to find out what is Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication: https://spanougakis.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/azure-ad-what-is-multifactor-authentication-2/). Now we can specify an admin user that has MFA or PIM configured to connect to Azure AD:

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(Picture taken from that blog post: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/ad/2016/02/18/azure-ad-connect-1-1-is-now-ga-faster-sync-times-automatic-upgrades-and-more/)

Domain and OU Filtering: In some specific cases you need to be able to specify some OUs that you want to synchronize their contents: This capability was not natively supported in the Azure AD Connect wizard before and required a post-install step outside of the Azure AD Connect wizard to configure. With this release, in the ‘customize’ path of the Azure AD Connect install, you will now have the option to select domains and OUs which should be synchronized.

So we need to run the AAD Connect tool and specify that we want to “Customize synchronization options”:

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We can select the OUs that we want to include in the sync process:

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It is important to see here something new: Group writeback is now in Preview, meaning that a group created on Azure AD should be able to be created back to our on-premises AD:

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Changing user’s sign in method: In previous releases of Azure AD Connect, once a particular sign-in method was chosen at the time of install, you could couldn’t change the chosen method through the wizard without a reinstallation. It is now possible to change the method through the Azure AD Connect wizard. Just run the installation wizard again to change the sign-in option:

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It’s now possible to change the user’s sign in method to AD Federation Services:

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You can take a look at the version release history of AAD Connect here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/active-directory-aadconnect-version-history/

Have a nice weekend!

MCSA Windows Server 2012 Accelerated Course στην Αθήνα

Το SystemPlus σας προσφέρει την δυνατότητα να εκπαιδευθείτε και να πιστοποιηθείτε στον Windows Server σε accelerated μορφή αλλά επίσης και σε ειδική τιμή.

Δείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ: http://www.systemplus.gr/mcsaacc.html

Θέλετε να πιστοποιηθείτε αλλά δεν διαθέτετε τον χρόνο; Μήπως παρακολουθήσατε σεμινάρια τα οποία χρειάστηκαν αρκετές εβδομάδες για να ολοκληρωθούν; Θέλετε το «κάτι παραπάνω» στην προετοιμασία σας από έναν εκπαιδευτή με εμπειρία σε έργα πληροφορικής στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό; Τώρα έχετε την δυνατότητα να προετοιμαστείτε για την πιστοποίηση Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate στον Windows Server, παρακολουθώντας τα επίσημα σεμινάρια Microsoft με κωδικούς 20-410, 20-411 και 20-412 σε μόλις 8 ημέρες!

Το κόστος της εκπαίδευσης είναι 2.250 ευρώ ανά συμμετέχοντα (με το επίσημο εκπαιδευτικό υλικό Microsoft), μπορεί να χρηματοδοτηθεί από τον πόρο ΛΑΕΚ 0,45% καθώς και από Microsoft Training Vouchers.

H accelerated μορφή των παραπάνω επίσημων τεχνικών σεμιναρίων Microsoft έχει «τρέξει» ήδη στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και στην Σουηδία με μεγάλη επιτυχία, έχοντας πιστοποιήσει μέχρι τώρα εκατοντάδες επαγγελματίες της πληροφορικής.


ΤΙ ΕΧΟΥΝ ΠΕΙ ΟΙ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΟΜΕΝΟΙ ΓΙΑ ΕΜΑΣ:

“I think this course is excellent. Learned a lot, and great teacher.” Lars O.

“The layout of the faclities are excellent and Chris as the instructor has been extremely informative. I have not worked with Server 2012 and yet I feel that if I was in that situation I would be able to administrate said server after this course.” Jason A.

” Trainer: V-Good (Chris knows his stuff, is a good trainer and is a nice Chap) Facilities: V-Good.”
Daniel S.

“Course content was very good. Chris knows his stuff and imparted the knowledge well.” Kim S.

“Το σεμινάριο με κάλυψε απόλυτα. Ο εκπαιδευτής είχε φοβερές γνώσεις.” Κώστας, Αθήνα.

“Δεν υπάρχει πλέον λόγος να ξοδέψεις μήνες για να παρακολουθήσεις τα σεμινάρια για το MCSA. Ευτυχώς που υπάρχει και η εναλλακτική του Accelerated.” Γιώργος, Αθήνα.

ΕΙΣΗΓΗΤΗΣ:
Εισηγητής των σεμιναρίων είναι ο Χρήστος Σπανουγάκης, Microsoft Certified Trainer για 13 χρόνια και Microsoft Most Valuable Professional από το 2008, ο οποίος εκπαιδεύθηκε στον Windows Server 2012 από την ομάδα ανάπτυξης του προϊόντος στα κεντρικά της Microsoft στο Redmond, εκπαιδευτής με πάνω από 20.000 ώρες εκπαίδευσης μέχρι σήμερα και IT Consultant σε μεγάλα έργα πληροφορικής. Σίγουρα θα τον έχετε γνωρίσει στα επίσημα events της Microsoft Hellas, σε πολλά από τα οποία είναι κύριος ομιλητής. Ταξιδεύει συχνά και συμμετέχει σε εκδηλώσεις της Microsoft στο εξωτερικό, κάτι που του επιτρέπει να μεταφέρει αυτή την γνώση στους συμμετέχοντες. Έχει συμμετάσχει ως ομιλητής στην Microsoft TechEd Europe και τον τελευταίο καιρό έχει μόνιμη συνεργασία με εκπαιδευτικά κέντρα στην Ευρώπη, διδάσκοντας τα επίσημα σεμινάρια Microsoft για Windows Server, Active Directory κ.α. Δείτε ποιοι είναι οι Έλληνες MVPs εδώ.

ΤΙ ΠΕΡΙΛΑΜΒΑΝΕΙ:
Περιλαμβάνεται το επίσημο εκπαιδευτικό υλικό Microsoft ανά συμμετέχοντα, καθώς και επιπλέον αποκλειστικό εκπαιδευτικό υλικό για την καλύτερη προετοιμασία σας που δεν θα βρείτε πουθενά αλλού.

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