Integrate an existing forest and a new forest with a single Azure AD tenant

This tutorial walks you through adding cloud sync to an existing hybrid identity environment.

Diagram that shows the Azure AD Connect cloud sync flow.

You can use the environment you create in this tutorial for testing or for getting more familiar with how a hybrid identity works.

In this scenario, there's an existing forest synced using Azure AD Connect sync to an Azure AD tenant. And you have a new forest that you want to sync to the same Azure AD tenant. You'll set up cloud sync for the new forest.

Prerequisites

In the Azure Active Directory admin center

  1. Create a cloud-only global administrator account on your Azure AD tenant. This way, you can manage the configuration of your tenant should your on-premises services fail or become unavailable. Learn about adding a cloud-only global administrator account. Completing this step is critical to ensure that you don't get locked out of your tenant.
  2. Add one or more custom domain names to your Azure AD tenant. Your users can sign in with one of these domain names.

In your on-premises environment

  1. Identify a domain-joined host server running Windows Server 2012 R2 or greater with minimum of 4-GB RAM and .NET 4.7.1+ runtime

  2. If there's a firewall between your servers and Azure AD, configure the following items:

    • Ensure that agents can make outbound requests to Azure AD over the following ports:

      Port number How it's used
      80 Downloads the certificate revocation lists (CRLs) while validating the TLS/SSL certificate
      443 Handles all outbound communication with the service
      8080 (optional) Agents report their status every 10 minutes over port 8080, if port 443 is unavailable. This status is displayed on the Azure AD portal.

      If your firewall enforces rules according to the originating users, open these ports for traffic from Windows services that run as a network service.

    • If your firewall or proxy allows you to specify safe suffixes, then add connections to *.msappproxy.net and *.servicebus.windows.net. If not, allow access to the Azure datacenter IP ranges, which are updated weekly.

    • Your agents need access to login.windows.net and login.microsoftonline.com for initial registration. Open your firewall for those URLs as well.

    • For certificate validation, unblock the following URLs: mscrl.microsoft.com:80, crl.microsoft.com:80, ocsp.msocsp.com:80, and www.microsoft.com:80. Since these URLs are used for certificate validation with other Microsoft products, you may already have these URLs unblocked.

Install the Azure AD Connect provisioning agent

If you're using the Basic AD and Azure environment tutorial, it would be DC1. To install the agent, follow these steps:

  1. In the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory.
  2. On the left, select Azure AD Connect.
  3. On the left, select Cloud sync.

Screenshot of new UX screen.

  1. On the left, select Agent.
  2. Select Download on-premises agent, and select Accept terms & download.

Screenshot of download agent.

  1. Once the Azure AD Connect Provisioning Agent Package has completed downloading, run the AADConnectProvisioningAgentSetup.exe installation file from your downloads folder.
  2. On the splash screen, select I agree to the license and conditions, and then select Install.

Screenshot that shows the Microsoft Azure AD Connect Provisioning Agent Package splash screen.

  1. Once the installation operation completes, the configuration wizard will launch. Select Next to start the configuration. Screenshot of the welcome screen.
  2. On the Select Extension screen, select HR-driven provisioning (Workday and SuccessFactors) / Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync and click Next. Screenshot of the select extensions screen.

Note

If you are installing the provisioning agent for use with on-premsise app provisioning then select On-premises application provisioning (Azure AD to application).

  1. Sign in with your Azure AD global administrator account. If you have Internet Explorer enhanced security enabled, it will block the sign-in. If so, close the installation, disable Internet Explorer enhanced security, and restart the Azure AD Connect Provisioning Agent Package installation.

Screenshot of the Connect Azure AD screen.

  1. On the Configure Service Account screen, select a group Managed Service Account (gMSA). This account is used to run the agent service. If a managed service account is already configured in your domain, you might skip this screen. If prompted, choose either:
  • Create gMSA which lets the agent create the provAgentgMSA$ managed service account for you. The group managed service account (for example, CONTOSO\provAgentgMSA$) will be created in the same Active Directory domain where the host server has joined. To use this option, enter the Active Directory domain administrator credentials.
  • Use custom gMSA and provide the name of the managed service account.

To continue, select Next.

Screenshot of the Configure Service Account screen.

  1. On the Connect Active Directory screen, if your domain name appears under Configured domains, skip to the next step. Otherwise, type your Active Directory domain name, and select Add directory.

  2. Sign in with your Active Directory domain administrator account. The domain administrator account shouldn't have password change requirements. In case the password expires or changes, you'll need to reconfigure the agent with the new credentials. This operation will add your on-premises directory. Select OK, then select Next to continue.

Screenshot that shows how to enter the domain admin credentials.

  1. The following screenshot shows an example of contoso.com configured domain. Select Next to continue.

Screenshot of the Connect Active Directory screen.

  1. On the Configuration complete screen, select Confirm. This operation will register and restart the agent.

  2. Once this operation completes, you should be notified that Your agent configuration was successfully verified. You can select Exit.

Screenshot that shows the finish screen.

  1. If you still get the initial splash screen, select Close.

Verify agent installation

Agent verification occurs in the Azure portal and on the local server that's running the agent.

Azure portal agent verification

To verify that the agent is being registered by Azure AD, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Select Azure Active Directory.
  3. Select Azure AD Connect, and then select Cloud sync. Screenshot of new UX screen.
  4. On the cloud sync page, you'll see the agents you've installed. Verify that the agent is displayed and the status is healthy.

On the local server

To verify that the agent is running, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the server with an administrator account.
    1. Open Services either by navigating to it or by going to Start/Run/Services.msc.
  2. Under Services, make sure that Microsoft Azure AD Connect Agent Updater and Microsoft Azure AD Connect Provisioning Agent are present and the status is Running. Screenshot that shows the Windows services.

Configure Azure AD Connect cloud sync

Use the following steps to configure provisioning

  1. Sign in to the Azure AD portal.

  2. Select Azure Active Directory

  3. Select Azure AD Connect

  4. Select Manage cloud sync

    Screenshot showing "Manage cloud sync" link.

  5. Select New Configuration

    Screenshot of Azure AD Connect cloud sync screen with "New configuration" link highlighted.

  6. On the configuration screen, enter a Notification email, move the selector to Enable and select Save.

    Screenshot of Configure screen with Notification email filled in and Enable selected.

  7. The configuration status should now be Healthy.

    Screenshot of Azure AD Connect cloud sync screen showing Healthy status.

Verify users are created and synchronization is occurring

You'll now verify that the users that you had in our on-premises directory have been synchronized and now exist in our Azure AD tenant. This process may take a few hours to complete. To verify users are synchronized, do the following:

  1. Browse to the Azure portal and sign in with an account that has an Azure subscription.
  2. On the left, select Azure Active Directory
  3. Under Manage, select Users.
  4. Verify that you see the new users in our tenant

Test signing in with one of our users

  1. Browse to https://myapps.microsoft.com

  2. Sign in with a user account that was created in our new tenant. You'll need to sign in using the following format: (user@domain.onmicrosoft.com). Use the same password that the user uses to sign in on-premises.

    Screenshot that shows the my apps portal with a signed in users.

You have now successfully set up a hybrid identity environment that you can use to test and familiarize yourself with what Azure has to offer.

Next steps