- Activate DirSync in Office 365
- Install and configure on-premises component
Note: in this first post about DirSync, I will activate the cloud-side component and then install and configure the on-premises component. Synchronization will be covered in Part 4.2.
I'll select this second option.
A. Verify requirements for the Directory Synchronization computer.
- It must run a Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) or Windows 2012 Server operating system. Windows 2008 was supported but will apparently not function with the recently added (at the time of this writing) password synchronization feature.
- It must be a domain member (not stand-alone).
- It must NOT be a domain controller.
- It must run or be able to run SQL. If SQL is not installed, the DirSync installation process will install SQL 2008 Express. This should suffice for up to 50,000 users.
B. Verify requirements for the Directory Synchronization computer.
In summary, the minimum supported domain controller is Windows Server 2003 SP1 (32 or 64 bit).
3. Activate DirSync
When DirSync is finally ready - on the Office 365 side - , the information displayed should look like this:
If deactivate is the only option, that means that DirSync is activated.
Downloading the DirSync tool from Office 365
The DirSync tool can be downloaded from the Office 365 portal here:
Click the download button and save the dirsync.exe file.
Copy it to the server (if you do not access the Internet on your servers directly).
The introduction explains we will need the administrator credentials for both the online tenant (your Office 365 administrator account) and a local Active Directory Enterprise administrator. The Office 365 Active Directory is now called "Windows Azure Active Directory".
1. Enter your Windows Azure Active Directory credentials.
3. Enable password synchronization by checking the box shown below.
Unless... for some reason, you do not want to synchronize passwords to Office 365.
Let setup work...
Lastly, I stated above that setting up DirSync is a 6 step process.
Steps 1 to 4 were covered in this blog post.
Steps 5 and 6 ("Verify Directory Synchronization" and "Activate Synchronized Users") will be covered in future posts.