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A Closer Look at Azure AD Connect – Part 4

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Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM

Welcome to the fourth part of this article series about Azure AD Connect. In the previous article, I discussed permissions for a custom installation, and we dived a little deeper into the upgrade capabilities. Before jumping into the 'advanced' customization options such the filtering abilities, I wanted to take a look at some of the additional (preview) features that Azure AD Connect offers to date.

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3rd-Party Federation Solutions for Office 365: Celestix ADFS Bridge

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Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM

As mentioned in my 2015 New Year in Review "Here We Are" blog article, the purpose of this article series is to explore 3rd-party federation solutions that work with Office 365 and which can be an alternative to a Windows’ built-in ADFS server role. In this first article however, I will be discussing a solution which is somewhat different from the others that I will be looking into.

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Azure AD Sync Tool HTML Report

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Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM

Last year, Exchange Server MVP Mike Crowley wrote a script which would interactively report on the Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool. In the meantime –last September to be more exact – Microsoft released the new “Azure AD Sync Service” tool which seems deemed to replace DirSync at some point in the future.As I do see the tool being used in production from time to time, effectively already replacing DirSync, I thought it would be useful to “upgrade” Mike’s script to work with the new kid on the block.As Mike and I were going back and forth about this, he had a great idea to make the script create an HTML report instead of having it display the information interactively. As such, you can schedule the task and have the report emailed to you.While the code below is definitely a “version 1” and it can use some improvements like error handling, I did not want to keep it from you. Over time – especially as AADSync gets new features – I will be adding new functionalities to this script as well.You can use the script, as depicted in the following example. The script will create a filed called “AADSyncInfo.html” in the specified file path:

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Configuring an Exchange Hybrid Deployment with Office 365 Part 3: Online Services Directory Synchronization Setup

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Thomas Stensitzki

After preparing federation between Office 365 and the on-premise Active Directory and configuring the Office 365 tenant in the previous post, this article describes the installation of the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Setup (DirSync).

DirSync is required to synchronize your on-premise accounts and security groups to Office 365.

The setup file has been downloaded from the Office 365 admin center previously. Be aware that you might receive an error during setup

Click Next in the welcome screen:

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Configuring an Exchange Hybrid Deployment with Office 365 Part 1: AD FS Preparation and Installation

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Thomas Stensitzki

To configure an Exchange Server 2013 hybrid deployment with Office 365 you need to have Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) configured properly in your on-premise environment. The short series of articles about AD FS show you the easy steps to configure your AD FS deployment.

 

In preparation for a proper deployment of AD FS 2.1 with Windows Server 2012 we need to the following components ready:

  • Third Party SSL Certificate
  • Active Directory Service Account for the AD FS Service
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