Next steps and how to manage Azure AD Connect

Use the operational procedures in this article to customize Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Connect to meet your organization's needs and requirements.

Add additional sync admins

By default, only the user who did the installation and local admins are able to manage the installed sync engine. For additional people to be able to access and manage the sync engine, locate the group named ADSyncAdmins on the local server and add them to this group.

Assign licenses to Azure AD Premium and Enterprise Mobility Suite users

Now that your users have been synchronized to the cloud, you need to assign them a license so they can get going with cloud apps such as Microsoft 365.

To assign an Azure AD Premium or Enterprise Mobility Suite License

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an admin.
  2. On the left, select Active Directory.
  3. On the Active Directory page, double-click the directory that has the users you want to set up.
  4. At the top of the directory page, select Licenses.
  5. On the Licenses page, select Active Directory Premium or Enterprise Mobility Suite, and then click Assign.
  6. In the dialog box, select the users you want to assign licenses to, and then click the check mark icon to save the changes.

Verify the scheduled synchronization task

Use the Azure portal to check the status of a synchronization.

To verify the scheduled synchronization task

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an admin.
  2. On the left, select Active Directory.
  3. On the left, select Azure AD Connect
  4. At the top of the page, note the last synchronization.

Directory sync time

Start a scheduled synchronization task

If you need to run a synchronization task, you can do this by:

  1. Double-click on the Azure AD Connect desktop shortcut to start the wizard.
  2. Click Configure.
  3. On the tasks screen, select the Customize synchronization options and click Next
  4. Enter your Azure AD credentials
  5. Click Next. Click Next. Click Next.
  6. On the Ready to Configure screen, ensure that the Start the synchronization process when configuration completes box is selected.
  7. Click Configure.

For more information on the Azure AD Connect sync Scheduler, see Azure AD Connect Scheduler.

Additional tasks available in Azure AD Connect

After your initial installation of Azure AD Connect, you can always start the wizard again from the Azure AD Connect start page or desktop shortcut. You will notice that going through the wizard again provides some new options in the form of additional tasks.

The following table provides a summary of these tasks and a brief description of each task.

List of additional tasks

Additional task Description
Privacy Settings View what telemetry data is being shared with Microsoft.
View current configuration View your current Azure AD Connect solution. This includes general settings, synchronized directories, and sync settings.
Customize synchronization options Change the current configuration like adding additional Active Directory forests to the configuration, or enabling sync options such as user, group, device, or password write-back.
Configure device options Device options available for synchronization
Refresh directory schema Allows you to add new on-premises directory objects for synchronization
Configure Staging Mode Stage information that is not immediately synchronized and is not exported to Azure AD or on-premises Active Directory. With this feature, you can preview the synchronizations before they occur.
Change user sign-in Change the authentication method users are using to sign-in
Manage federation Manage your AD FS infrastructure, renew certificates, and add AD FS servers
Troubleshoot Help with troubleshooting Azure AD Connect issues

Next steps

Learn more about integrating your on-premises identities with Azure Active Directory.