Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade – Build 1.0.9131.0


The directory synchronization program managers have been hard at work adding more and more documentation to the Azure repository.  The content is currently being published to azure.microsoft.com.  For example Introducing Azure AD Connect takes us through the identity management steps when connecting to Azure AD.

Please note that this post is based on the upgrade to 1.0.9131.0 which was released in December 2015.  The installation process has changed in the February 2016 build 1.1.105.0.   We can compare that in a future post.

There are four ways we could look at an Azure AD Connect Installation/Upgrade

In the TailspinToys Canada organization an earlier version of Azure AD Connect was installed.  The starting version is:  1.0.8667.0.  This was deployed using the Express install which automatically installed SQL Express.  The express option should meet the needs of most organisations, and for those where it does not then the custom option will be the way to go.

The installed components can be retrieved by looking at Add/Remove Programs.  This will show the version of Azure AD Connect.

Checking Azure AD Version

Alternatively you can query the Uninstall registry key which is held below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

 

The process to complete the upgrade to the current version is shown below.

 

Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade Screenshots

As when we installed the initial Azure AD Connect build, we start by reading the documentation – right?  Once happy with the documentation, release notes and FAQ we can proceed with downloading the Azure AD Connect tool. 

At the time of writing the latest version for download is  1.0.9131.0.  The file is called AzureADConnect.msi which is 74MB.  Note that the installation process changed slightly with the latest build of Azure AD Connect in February 2016.

Ensure that there are no pending restart requirements on the server, and then launch the installer by double clicking the download file.  This should detect a previous version of Azure AD Connect is installed which launches the upgrade screens.

Launching Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade

The synchronization settings will be migrated, but while the install process is running there will be no synchronization to Azure AD.  Thus this process should be executed in a defined change window.  For example user expectations need to be set if you rely upon Password Hash Synchronisation – changed passwords will not be synchronized until Azure AD Connect installation has completed and the synchronization started.

Clicking Upgrade will initiate the process.  The Status bar will progress and display the current task.

Upgrading Azure AD Connect Express Install

Once the installed components have been upgraded, the configuration wizard is automatically launched.   In order to configure, Azure AD Global Admin credentials are required.

Upgrading Azure AD Connect Express Install  Configuration Upgrade

Provide the necessary Global Administrator account in the tenant.  These credentials are only used during the installation and will not be used after the installation has completed. It is used to create the Azure AD account used for synchronizing changes to Azure AD. The account will also enable sync as a feature in Azure AD

We are now ready to upgrade the configuration.  Note the check box.

Upgrading Azure AD Connect Express Install  Configuration Upgrade.  Beware The Check Box

It is highlighted in the below screen shot, as I have seen many overlook it as their eyes are drawn to the big shiny upgrade button at the bottom right.

Big Red Arrow To Show That Check Box

 

Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade - Configuring

The upgrade of the configuration then completes.  Note that in the below screenshot the tool states that synchronization is currently disabled.  This means that the scheduled task which runs the sync process is NOT enabled, so there is no synchronization.  This is not unique to Azure AD Connect, the same happened with Azure AD Sync.

Azure AD Connect Express Install Upgrade - Configuration Complete

Clicking the Learn More hyperlink, will also show how to start up the sync process.  Note that the sync process is set to execute every 3 hours and should not be modified in builds less than 1.1.105.0.  The Azure AD Connect version history can be found on azure.microsoft.com.

Once the scheduler has been enabled, the synchronization tasks will be executed. 

Azure AD Connect Synchronization Manager

 

Updated Azure AD Portal

You may have seen that as of the time of writing a new Azure AD portal is being built.  An additional screen is also visible when clicking on the users –> Active Users the Manage Directory Synchronisation.

In the below screenshot we are looking at the Active Users node of Azure AD.

Azure AD Active Users Node

Clicking on the Manage Directory Synchronisation link will show the below page.

Azure AD Manage Directory Synchronisation

From the Azure portal we can see that an upgrade is available for Azure AD Connect (this is what we upgraded in the initial part of this post), the sync account used on-premises and last sync intervals.

Wonder how long it will be before the screenshots of the portal will be horribly out-dated?  Well, we can always look at them and reminisce.

Cheers,

Rhoderick

Comments (8)

  1. heythere says:

    just quick and important note:
    "This means that the scheduled task which runs the sync process is NOT enabled"
    there is no scheduled task anymore and no command line like old versions(powershell instead to configure stuff and intialize sync’s)

  2. Hey HeyThere 🙂

    Yes that is the case with the next build after the one in this post. The above is build 1.0.9131.0 which was the last one to have the scheduled task. Some notes on the Feb 2016 build coming out soon 🙂

    Added to the manual run post as well:
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2014/10/01/how-to-run-manual-dirsync-_2f00_-azure-active-directory-sync-updates.aspx

    Cheers,
    Rhoderick

  3. This is a cool article. And not only because this product is an anagram of "Accoutre and Zen".

  4. heythere says:

    I was surprised also because I installed the latest and boom no schedule task and even more magical then that 30min syncs by default coming from nowhere:)

  5. Pierre – you have way too much time 🙂

    Cheers,
    Rhoderick

  6. HeyThere – surprises can be good or bad. Glad to hear this was a pleasant one 🙂

    Cheers,
    Rhoderick

  7. heythere says:

    yeah not bad
    only thing they didn’t update is is docs to update aadsync to newest adconnect.
    they only say "seamless" which is cool:)
    but I have feeling its same as dirsyc with sql scenario, in other words export import…

  8. Emile says:

    This is great, I am about to upgrade my DirSync to AD Connect.

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