DirSync (Windows Azure Active Directory Sync)
DirSync (Directory Synchronization) is a tool for making copies of a local directory in a hybrid cloud
deployment of Microsoft
DirSync makes a copy of the local directory and then propagates itself to a Windows Azure cloud
tenant Active Directory instance. After that, DirSync runs every three hours to push changes from
the on-premises directory to the cloud instance. DirSync only goes from on-premises to cloud. If an
administrator were to create a new user on the Windows Azure Active Directory tenant, that user
would live only in the cloud and would never be propagated down to the on-premises directory.
DirSync works with Office
365 and Windows
Azure Active Directory, removing the need for Active
Directory Federation Services in many organizations.
Contributor(s): Toni Boger
This was last updated in September 2013
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