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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

So to briefly sum up what we've gone through in this course, in designing an identity strategy we looked at the Azure AD Connect sync requirements. We looked at the concept around the management of our synced identities, and we looked at the importance of requirements gathering when we're designing the solution. 

In Planning Identity Synchronization with Azure AD Connect, we looked at designing our directory synchronization and the implementation and installation of that synchronization. 

In Managing Identity Synchronization with Azure AD Connect, we looked at the great information that we get with Azure AD Connect Health, we looked at managing object filters, and we configured password hash sync and went on to look at how we deal with multi-forest environments.

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.