Manually triggering Windows Azure Active Directory Sync

If you’ve set this up to synchronise your users with Office 365 (or any other service which uses Azure AD on the back end) then you’ll have probably read the documentation I did which suggests re-running the setup wizard if you need to synchronise accounts outside the regular every-three-hours default schedule.

Thankfully there is an easier and faster way to do this.

Open PowerShell, and navigate to the install directory for the sync tool. This is probably C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Active Directory Sync. Run .\DirSyncConfigShell.psc1 and a new PowerShell window will open. In that windows run the Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync cmdlet, and your sync will begin.

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