Disable group writeback

This article walks you through disabling group writeback in Microsoft Entra Connect.

Disable group writeback by using the wizard

  1. Open the Microsoft Entra Connect wizard and go to the Additional Tasks page. Select the Customize synchronization options task, and then select Next.

  2. On the Optional Features page, clear the checkbox for group writeback. In the warning that groups will be deleted, select Yes.


    Disabling group writeback sets the flags for full import and full synchronization in Active Directory Connect to true. It will cause any groups that were previously created by this feature to be deleted from your local Active Directory instance in the next synchronization cycle.

  3. Select Next.

  4. Select Configure.

Disable or roll back group writeback via PowerShell

  1. Open a PowerShell prompt as an administrator.

  2. Disable the sync scheduler after verifying that no synchronization operations are running:

    Set-ADSyncScheduler -SyncCycleEnabled $false  
  3. Import the ADSync module:

    Import-Module  'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure AD Sync\Bin\ADSync\ADSync.psd1' 
  4. Disable the group writeback feature for the tenant:

    Set-ADSyncAADCompanyFeature -GroupWritebackV2 $false 
  5. Re-enable the sync scheduler:

    Set-ADSyncScheduler -SyncCycleEnabled $true  

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