Installing Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync Demo
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In this course, we take a look at what goes into planning for the implementation of Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync. We’ll review the supported topologies, and we’ll take a look at the prerequisites that you’ll need to meet to use Cloud Sync.

Learning Objectives

  • A basic understanding of Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync
  • Supported Cloud Sync topologies
  • Deploying Cloud Sync

Intended Audience

  • Those who wish to learn about Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync


  • General Familiarity with Azure AD
  • General Familiarity with Active Directory
  • Familiarity with Azure Portal

Welcome to installing Azure AD connect cloud sync. In this lesson, we'll review the four steps necessary for installing cloud sync. Once you've met all the prerequisites we covered earlier, it's time to install Azure AD connect cloud sync. The installation process starts with the actual installation of the Azure AD connect provisioning agent on a server in your environment. Once you've installed the agent, you verify the installation. After verifying the installation, you verify the agent is actually running. 

And then the last step in this process is the configuration of Azure AD connect cloud sync provisioning. Let's take a closer look at each step now, starting with the installation of the Azure AD connect provisioning agent. To install the Azure AD connect provisioning agent, log into the server that will host the agent. Be sure to use enterprise admin credentials. From the server, log in to the Azure portal and then browse to Azure Active Directory. Click on Azure AD connect in the left navigation pane and then click the 'Manage Azure AD cloud sync' link. From here, click the 'Download Agent' option that appears in the menu bar at the top of the page.

And now from this Azure AD provisioning agent screen, click the 'Accept Terms' and 'Download' button. Click 'Open File' to begin the installation. Accept the licensing terms and then click 'Install'. Click 'Next' on the welcome to Azure AD connect provisioning agent configuration wizard page and then sign in with your Azure AD Global administrator account. On the configure servers account page, you can either click 'Create GMSA' to allow the wizard to create a new GMSA, or you can click 'Use a Custom GMSA' to create your own. You'll have to enter your domain administrator credentials to create the group managed servers account that will be used to run the agent servers. You can then click 'Next'. 

On the connect active directory page, click 'Next'. You should see your current domain displayed. From this agent installation page, confirm your settings and then click 'Confirm'. Once installation completes, a message will appear to let you know that the agent installation is complete. You can then click 'Exit'. If you still see the initial Microsoft Azure AD connect provisioning agent package screen, click 'Close'. At this point, the agent is installed. You then verify the agent installation in Step 2.


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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

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