Azure AD Connect version is here

Azure AD ConnectThe Azure Active Directory team keeps churning out monthly builds of our favorite tool to connect our on-premises Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services environment(s) to Azure Active Directory.

Version of Azure AD Connect, dated May 12, 2016, adds support for two of the newer legal boundaries of Azure Active Directory, as well as a slew of fixes and improvements:


New features

Verifying domains

Normally, when you want to use federated login with Azure AD Connect, Azure Active Directory and Active Driectory Federation Services (AD FS), you would need to specify the publicly routable DNS domain names with Azure Active Directory, before you start the wizard. This way, when you start federations, you would actually have userPrincipalName (UPN) suffixes is to convert to federated domains, next to the default userPrincipalName (UPN) Suffix.

Azure AD Connect will warn you and help you in verifying DNS domains in Azure Active Directory if you didn’t do it before running Azure AD Connect.

Of course, if you need help in determining the userPrincipleName (UPN) Suffixes to specify, take a look at my method for checking Orphaned UPN Suffixes.


Support for Microsoft Cloud Germany

The Microsoft Cloud Germany is a sovereign cloud operated by T-Systems, Microsofts German data trustee.

Microsoft Cloud Germany

Data in Cloud Germany is solely stored in the two German datacenters (in Frankfurt am Main and Magdeburg) and this cloud variant is compliant with the demands of the European Commission for Public Cloud services.

When Microsoft announced Cloud Germany in November and made it available in March, Azure AD Connect lacked support for it. Version of Azure AD Connect now has support for Microsoft Cloud Germany.


Support for Microsoft Government Cloud

The Microsoft Azure Government cloud is a cloud for US government.
This cloud has been supported by earlier releases of DirSync, but support from Microsoft on DirSync, Azure AD Sync and earlier versions of Azure AD Connect will end on April 17, 2017.

Starting with version 1.1.180 of Azure AD Connect, the next generation of the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud is supported. This generation is using US-only based endpoints and have a different list of URLs to open in your proxy server.

Azure AD Connect will not be able to automatically detect that your Azure AD directory is located in the Government cloud. Instead you need to take the following actions when you install Azure AD Connect:

  1. Start the Azure AD Connect installation.
  2. As soon as you see the first page where you are supposed to accept the End-user License Agreement (EULA), do not continue but leave the installation wizard running.
  3. Start regedit.exe and change the registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Azure AD Connect\AzureInstance to the value 2.
  4. Go back to the Azure AD Connect installation wizard, accept the End-user License Agreement (EULA) and continue. During installation, make sure to use the custom configuration installation path (and not Express installation). Then continue the installation as usual.

The following features are currently not present in the Microsoft Azure Government cloud with Azure AD Connect:

  • Azure AD Connect Health is not available.
  • Automatic updates is not available.
  • Password write-back is not available.


Fixed issues and improvements

The Azure Active Directory team made the following fixes and improvements in version of Azure AD Connect:

  • Added filtering to the Sync Rule Editor to make it easy to find sync rules.
  • Improved performance when deleting a connector space.
  • Fixed an issues when the same object was both deleted and added in the same run (called delete/add).
  • A disabled Sync Rule will no longer re-enable included objects and attributes on upgrade or directory schema refresh.


Version information

This is version of Azure AD Connect.


Download information

You can download Azure AD Connect here.
The download weighs 74,5 MB.



If the Automatic Updating functionality  hasn’t already upgraded your Azure AD Connect installation to version, you can download and install this version of Azure AD Connect above.

Further reading

Azure AD Connect version offers new functionality
Azure AD Connect version
Azure AD Connect 1.0.9131 is here
A new version of Azure AD Connect was released today
Default checks when implementing Hybrid Identity, Part 2: Orphaned UPN Suffixes
DirSync and Azure AD Sync will reach End of Support on April 13, 2017

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