Azure AD Connect Update Removes Scheduled Task

Introduction

This morning I was setting up Azure AD Connect for a client who will be migrating to Office365. As a part of the project, I had to configured Azure AD Connect on one of their servers for Password Synchronization. Microsoft has updated the tool and removed the scheduled task for Azure AD Synchronization.

Azure AD Connect Scheduled Task Challenges

The 2 biggest changes from a deployment perspective are:

  1. The default synchronization cycle has been lowered from 3 hours to 30 minutes. You can change this setting but if you set it to a value lower then 30 minutes then it will be unsupported by Microsoft.
  2. The Syncing configurable options have been moved from the scheduled task to Powershell only.

Next Steps

As of today, there are only a few documents about this on the internet and they don’t show up on the front page of google. Here is what I found while troubleshooting the changes this morning.

Microsoft PowerShell Documentation

Another Bloggers Post– Very helpful

Good Luck to Everyone else who manages Office 365 deployments.