Azure AD Connect Now Available

If you remember I blogged a few months ago that Microsoft would be releasing Azure AD Connect, the final replacement for Dirsync.

Well, the product is now out of review and has been released. Along with the release of Azure AD connect Microsoft also released Connect Health.

Azure AD Connect Health is a cloud based service that helps administrators monitor and secure their cloud and on-premises identity infrastructure. In this first release, Azure AD Connect Health provides customers who use ADFS with detailed monitoring, reporting and alerts for their ADFS servers.

As I previously blogged Azure AD Connect replaces both Dirsync and Azure Active Directory Sync. If you our using either of the previous versions, you can perform a simple upgrade to the new Azure AD Connect.

Azure AD Connect has new features that allow you too:

  • Enable your users to perform self-service password reset in the cloud with write-back to on premises AD
  • Enable provisioning from the cloud with user write back to on premises AD
  • Enable write back of “Groups in Office 365” to on premises distribution groups in a forest with Exchange
  • Enable device write back so that your on-premises access control policies enforced by ADFS can recognize devices that registered with Azure AD. This includes the recently announced support for Azure AD Join in Windows 10.
  • Sync custom directory attributes to your Azure Active Directory tenant and consume it from your cloud applications

All this allows easy transition of your services to the cloud. and easy integration of remote work force into you organization.

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