Installing and Configuring AAD Connect
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If your organization uses Active Directory (AD) for its identity management, and you would like to use those identities in Azure or Microsoft 365, then you will need to implement Azure Active Directory Connect.

This course is divided into three sections. The first section is on designing an identity strategy. In this section, we'll look at our AD identities and consider what work needs to be done and what we need to think about ahead of time. The second section is on implementing identity synchronization using AD Connect. We will consider what needs to be synced and what authentication options are available. In the last section, we'll look at managing identity synchronization using Azure AD Connect. We'll look at what it takes to manage and sync and reconfigure options after AD Connect has been initially configured.

Learning Objectives

  • Design a hybrid identity solution
  • Implement Azure Active Directory Connect
  • Manage synchronized identities

Intended Audience

  • Azure administrators
  • Microsoft 365 administrators


  • Basic understanding of Active Directory and Office 365
  • To do the examples yourself, you will need an on-premises Active Directory structure and an Azure subscription

When we first run up the installer for Azure AD Connect, we get the option to do a custom installation or use the Express Settings. So the Express Settings are the most common settings that people tend to use, which will configure a sync for a single domain, it will enable password hash sync and it will kick off the initial sync, and sync all of the attributes as well as enabling auto-upgrade for the client. 

So, if those settings don't fit our scenario, we will click on the Customize button, and go through the Custom Installation. Now this allows us to configure just about anything up to using different SQL servers, or installing it in a different location, or enabling things like password hash sync, and configuring the OUs that we want to synchronize.

About the Author

Matt is a freelance system administrator with over 20 years of experience in IT. His current focus is on the great features of Microsoft Azure and Office 365. He’s always had a fascination for anything techie and loves learning and sharing that knowledge.