Start Azure AD Connect Sync manually

This is a short one as it’s a PowerShell one-liner. But if it’s been a while since you’ve done this it may still be somewhat useful as the scheduled task used by DirSync in the old days is now gone.

Starting a manual Azure AD Connect can be done by connecting to the AAD Connect server and starting PowerShell.

To run a delta sync:


To run a full sync:

Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial´╗┐

After running one of the commands above you should see the synchronization steps being performed in “Synchronization Service” on the Azure AD Connect server.

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