A mere month after the release of Azure AD Connect v18.104.22.168, Microsoft released an update to Azure AD Connect v2.x. that offers new functionality.
None of the Azure AD Connect v2.x releases are released for automatic upgrade. Manual upgrades are required to gain the new functionality and security levels once you're on the Azure AD Connect v2 path.
Microsoft updated the Azure AD Connect Health component in this release from version 22.214.171.124 to version 3.2.1823.12.
This new version provides compliance of the Azure AD Connect Health component with the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) requirements.
The Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) is a set of requirements asserted by NIST in order to centralize and make uniform the ways in which the US government manages risks associated with securing and transporting sensitive information.
FIPS came into existence as part of the larger FISMA legislation in 2002. FIPS compliance requires that a computer system must meet the baseline qualities asserted in all numbered publications.
About Azure AD Connect Health
Azure AD Connect Health helps administrators monitor and gain insights into their Hybrid Identity implementations. It enables you to maintain a reliable connection to Office 365 and Microsoft Online Services by providing monitoring capabilities for your key identity components:
- Azure Active Directory Connect installations
- Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) servers
- Web Application Proxies
- Active Directory Domain Controllers
Azure AD Connect Health makes the key data points about these components easily accessible in the Azure AD Connect Health portal so performance monitoring, usage analysis, troubleshooting and gaining other important insights becomes easy.
Azure AD Connect Health for Sync
Azure AD Connect Health for Sync is integrated with every Azure AD Connect installations and automatically sends information to Microsoft, unless a web proxy blocks traffic to its endpoints.
This is version 126.96.36.199 of Azure AD Connect.
This release in the 2.x branch for Azure AD Connect was made available for download as a 153 MB weighing AzureADConnect.msi on January 19, 2021.
You can download the latest version of Azure AD Connect here.