Manually Force a Sync of the Directory Synchronization Tool

How To Manually Force a Synchronization of the Directory Synchronization Tool

This blog will explain how to manually force a synchronization of the Directory Synchronization Tool instead of waiting for the next automatic synchronization cycle.

Advanced Steps

There are a couple of ways to force a synchronization outside of the normal synchronization schedule.  The first way is run the Directory Synchronization Tool Configration Wizard.  The second way is to start a synchronization using PowerShell.  Both procedures are outlined below.

Start a synchronization using the Directory Synchronization Tool Configuration Wizard

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Online Services,      click Directory Synchronization, and then click Directory Sync Configuration.
  2. On the Welcomepage, click Next.
  3. On the Microsoft Online Services Credentials page, provide the user name and password for an account with Administrator      permissions in your Microsoft Online Services company, click Next.
  4. On the Active Directory Credentials page, provide the user name and password for an account with Enterprise      Administrator permissions in your on-premise Active Directory, click Next.
  5. On the Configurationpage, wait      for the configuration to complete, click Next.
  6. On the Finishpage, click Finish to Synchronize      directories now.

Start a synchronization from the Directory Synchronization Tool Shell

  1. Open a Command Promptwindow or a      Windows PowerShell window      as an Administrator and navigate to the Directory Synchronization Tool      installation folder (default installation folder is “C:\Program      Files\Microsoft Online Directory Sync”) and run the file named psc1.
  2. Type Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync at the shell and press Enter.