In the past two weeks, since the release and availability of Azure AD Connect version 18.104.22.168, several people reported issues with the new and overhauled Azure AD Connect 1.1.1y branch.
The people of the Azure AD Connect team have listened and investigated these issues, cumulating to the release of Azure AD Connect version 22.214.171.124 last Friday (February 26, 2016).
This release contains no new features, but instead focuses completely on the four identified issues with Azure AD Connect version 126.96.36.199.
Failed in-place upgrades
The first issue that was identified, revolved around failed in-place upgrades from earlier releases when Azure AD Connect wasn’t installed in the default location in the C:\Program Files folder. This is now fixed, and you can in-place upgrade successfully from Azure AD Connect installations in the 1.0.9x branch.
Unable to Start the scheduler after disabling sync
Another issue was identified with what was referred to as the ‘default option of death’ at our office. By default, the option to Start the synchronization process as soon as the configuration completes on the Ready to configure page (the last page of the Installation wizard before configuration) is selected.
We tend to unselect this option, so we can make extensive filtering options before the first synchronization cycle so subsequent cycles won’t run into the deletion threshold.
Domain and Organizational Unit (OU) filtering are available during the installation wizard since the 1.1.1y branch, so only filtering based on attributes now warrants this apprehensive approach.
The identified issue is when the option is unselected at the end of the installation wizard, re-running the installation wizard would not enable the scheduler.
Unexpected scheduler behavior with regional settings
The third issue identified also involves the scheduler: The scheduler will not work as expected on servers where the date/time format is not US-en.
Additionally, Get-ADSyncScheduler return incorrect times, when this issue occurs.
For instance the output for the PowerShell Cmdlet will show 01.01.0001 as the value for NextSyncCycleStartTimeInUTC.
AD FS blocking access to the Installation Wizard
The fourth issue identified, involves earlier releases of Azure AD Connect that have AD FS configured as the sign-in option. After an in-place upgrade of Azure AD Connect to version 188.8.131.52 the installation wizard cannot be run again.
When you’ve hit one of the issues above when upgrading to version 184.108.40.206 of Azure AD Connect and may or may not have downgraded back to version 1.0.9x of Azure AD Connect, please upgrade to Azure AD Connect version 220.127.116.11.
The issue identified by my colleague Mark Scholman with upgrading to Azure AD Connect 18.104.22.168 and hitting error IndexOutOfRangeException, was not addressed in this version of Azure AD Connect.
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