Azure Active Directory Connect: How to force sync after making changes in Active Directory.

Published on 02/24/2016 by Wouter Makkinje

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Last modified 02/17/2017

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Hi so this took me suprisingly a few hours to solve. The reason for that is because the Azure Active Directory Connect tool is a new tool that replaces the old Dir Sync tool used to sync AD to Office 365. So i am making a short post for myself and for you the user to refer too.

Basically these are the steps to force a sync.

  1. Logon to the server that is running your Azure Active Directory Connect software.
  2. Open Powershell as administrator.
  3. Run this command: Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta
  4. Also run this command if you’ve for example made changes to filtering and want a complete update of everything both up and down: Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial


Now log on to your Office 365 Portal and check the Active Users page to see your changes being uploaded.

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