New Test Lab Guide (TLG) for Directory Sync with Office 365

Tony Trivison of the Office Server Solutions team recently published the Test Lab Guide: Set Up a Directory Synchronization Server to Sync Users with Office 365. This new TLG shows you how to set up directory synchronization to an Office 365 Trail Subscription with the Directory Synchronization (or Directory Sync) tool. Here is the configuration (click on it to see a larger version):

When complete, your Active Directory users in the CORP domain on the logical Corpnet subnet are synchronized with the set of users in your Office 365 Trial Subscription. Note that this configuration is for password sync and does not require the configuration of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

This TLG opens the door to configuring and testing Office 365 hybrid workloads. For example, you can install SharePoint Server 2013 in the Corpnet subnet and test hybrid functionality with SharePoint Online in your Office 365 Trial Subscription.

Here is the current Public Cloud TLG stack (click on it to see a larger version):

Thanks to Tony for his two Office 365 TLGs and to Bill Mathers for his two Azure AD TLGs.

As SAB member Doug Hemminger stated in a comment in this blog post: Our clients need/want hybrid solutions and proving them out in a test lab is critical to the process of discovery and an eventual production deployment.


We hope to keep delivering this kind of content to give you a way to test, learn, and play with the technology prior to piloting and implementation. 


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Comments (2)

  1. Joe Davies says:

    It’s a new trail version. Only works for 36 hours. 🙂 [just kidding]

    Thanks Ed. This was a copy/paste error I did not see before publishing. Corrected.

  2. Ed says:

    [from the title]. "Office 36". Is this a lite version of Office 365? 🙂

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