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1. Azure AD Sync Introduction

Our sync tool is a tool an option to automatic synchronization of users and groups changed in Azure.
It’s something else than the Azure AD sync tool. The difference between them is that the Azure AD sync tool syncs all the information from Office 365 to Azure. Our sync tool syncs the information between Azure to Workspace 365.

Note: The synctool and support is available to our Partners. Are you a Workspace 365 Partner and interested? Please contact support@workspace365.net

Requirements 

Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28177
Install PowerShell 5.0 
Install module in PowerShell 5.0:
"install-module Azure"
"install-module AzureRm"
"install-module msonline"
An active Azure subscription is required.

The goal of the Active Directory Sync Tool is to transmit users, user groups and group membership information from Active Directory to Workspace 365. The following diagram describes the general architecture of Active Directory sync to Workspace 365.

 

Workspace_365_AAD_Synctool.png

The data flow is unidirectional – data is coming from Active Directory through the AD Sync tool into Workspace 365 API and ends up in Workspace 365 database.

AD Sync tool periodically queries the Active Directory for changes, and calls Workspace 365 API to process them. Sync tool is implemented either as console application or Windows service.

In general case, AD Sync tool is installed on a different server than Workspace 365 web application, though it is possible but not recommended keeping them on a single server. In case of different servers, it is required to be able to establish HTTPS connection between AD Sync Tool and Workspace servers.

To configure the whole process, three actions are required:

  1. Configure Active Directory so AD tool can access the information in it.
  2. Configure Workspace 365 so its API accepts information from the Sync Tool.
  3. Configure Sync tool so it can connect both to AD and Workspace 365