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Duration27m
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Description

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

Prerequisites

  • 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

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.

Hello, and welcome to Implementing Identity Synchronization with Azure AD Connect. My name is Matt Browne, and I'll be your instructor for this course. I have over 20 years of experience with IT, and in the last few years, I've been focusing on the great features of Microsoft Azure and Office 365. You can find me at my blog, which is blog.matthewbrowne.com, or on Twitter, @mattbrowne. 

The intended audience for this course is those people that are planning to move from an on-premise AD infrastructure up to the cloud with AD Connect, for those people who already have sync in place with AD Connect, and if you want just a general understanding of what's involved with setting up and configuring Azure AD Connect. 

So before we get into it, there's a few things we're going to need set up beforehand. So we're going to need a basic understanding of Azure Active Directory and on-premise Active Directory. So if you haven't done already, I can recommend setting up a free Azure account and having a look around the console and see what's involved with setting up users and configuring them, etc. We're going to need an on-prem Active Directory with some objects set up in order to sync those. We're going to need an Azure subscription so that we've got something to sync the on-prem users to. We're going to need a Windows Sever 2008 R2 at the very least in order to install Azure AD Connect onto. And the last thing we're going to need, we're going to need a custom domain configured in Azure AD. So this is going to be .com address, etc. where our e-mails are going to be addressed from. 

The agenda, or structure, of this course is going to be split down into three sections. The first section is designing an identity strategy. This is where we're going to 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 going to be planning our identity synchronization using AD Connect, where we start to consider what needs to be synced and what options are available for us for authentication. And, in the last section, we look at managing our identity synchronization by using Azure AD Connect, where we look at what it takes to manage and sync and reconfigure options after it's been initially configured. 

By the end of this course, we should have an understanding on how to design our hybrid identity, how to implement Azure AD Connect, and how to manage our synchronized identities going forward into the future.