QUICKPOST…. Hey there I wanted to write up a quick note on a new way to connect your on premise Active Directory to Windows Azure. It is called Azure AD Connect and can be is now available for download.



Basically you can now connect your On-Premise Active Directory to Azure in less than an hour. This is a big change from the previous configurations that required AD Federation components and some experience with the services to get them up and running.



To install you simply download the installer from the connect preview site and run it on a Server in your environment. For my example I have chosen to install this directly on one of my Domain Controllers named TCCALDC10.

Locate the Installer and run AzureADCConnnect.msi

Accept the EULA and click Continue

Click Install to install the required Pre-Reqs

Configured the SQL Server Name, Service Account and Default Groups

Now I had already previously created an Azure AD Account. I simply used this to connect. This account needs to be in the Global Administrator Role

Click on Use express settings to continue the setup

Now enter a Service Account that will have Enterprise Administrator rights in Active Directory and click Next

Last step click Install to complete the installation

And there you have it… I tested in Azure AD and my accounts are now there.

Hope you enjoyed the post.