Office 365 DirSync Password Synchronization

Got some great news – Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Agent (DirSync) has a new welcome feature - Password Synchronization - whooohoo.

This is great for hybrid and staged migrations and simplifies things tremendously during these types of migrations.

If you already have DirSync running you’ll need to update it to get the new feature set.

Check out Alex Simons’ blog post here: 

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2013/06/03/making-it-simple-to-connect-windows-server-ad-to-windows-azure-ad-with-password-hash-sync.aspx

Check out TechNet here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn246918.aspx

 UPDATE: Some of you might experience issues with password sync and finding the following exception in the event logs: 

Microsoft.Online.PasswordSynchronization.DirectoryReplicationServices.DrsException: RPC Error 8440 : The naming context specified for this replication operation is invalid. There was an error calling _IDL_DRSGetNCChanges.

I have been providing the Dev team logs and feedback on the above issue. They are aware of this and are hard at work to determine the root cause.

UPDATE 25 June 2013: The Dev team has informed me that a new version of the DirSync tool is now available for download on the Admin portal - the version number 6411.0007.

Please use this version as it contains the fix for the RPC Error 8440 Exception that was caused in Windows 2003 Domain Controller environments.

See also -

DirSync//WAAD Sync Tool wikihttp://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18096.dirsyncwindows-azure-ad-password-sync-frequently-asked-questions.aspx

DirSync/WAAD Sync Tool release history:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18429.windows-azure-active-directory-sync-tool-version-release-history.aspx

Happy DirSync’ing

Michael Hall