Microsoft has released a preview of the new Azure AD (AAD) Sync. AAD Sync is a newly created “one sync service to rule them all”. In the first preview, Microsoft is focusing on the demand from large clients – enabling synchronization from multi-forest Windows Server AD Deployments. Within the next 6-8 months AAD Sync will replace DirSync, likely at no additional charge to Azure AD, Office 365, and Microsoft customers. Future versions of AAD Sync will expand on the capabilities of DirSync (support for combinations of directories and the ability or remap and swizzle on-premises attributes). Additionally, AAD Sync will enable Azure AD Premium customers to do things like self service group management.
The AAD Sync Preview allows you to:
- Onboard your multi-forest Active Directory deployment to AAD
- Advanced provisioning, mapping and filtering rules for objects and attributes, including support for syncing a very minimal set of user attributes (only 7!)
- Configuring multiple on-premises Exchange organizations to map to a single AAD tenant