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(2020-04-04) Azure AD Connect v1.5.18.0 Has Been Released

Posted by Jorge on 2020-04-04


Integrating your on-premises directories with Azure AD makes your users more productive by providing a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources. With this integration users and organizations can take advantage of the following:

  • Organizations can provide users with a common hybrid identity across on-premises or cloud-based services leveraging Windows Server Active Directory and then connecting to Azure Active Directory.
  • Administrators can provide conditional access based on application resource, device and user identity, network location and multifactor authentication.
  • Users can leverage their common identity through accounts in Azure AD to Office 365, Intune, SaaS apps and third-party applications.
  • Developers can build applications that leverage the common identity model, integrating applications into Active Directory on-premises or Azure for cloud-based applications

Azure AD Connect makes this integration easy and simplifies the management of your on-premises and cloud identity infrastructure.

Download "Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect" (Always The Latest Downloadable Version Only!)

IMPORTANT: In one environment I upgraded from Azure AD Connect 1.4.38.0. I noticed that it triggered a Full Import on the AAD MA/Connector, and it also triggered a Full Sync on both the AD and AAD MA/Connector. Since the full imports/syncs may take some time, depending on the size of your AD/AAD environment in terms of number objects being synched, make sure that you have taken the necessary steps to support this or hold off on upgrading until you have found a convenient moment to do so.

Azure AD Connect: Version Release History

1.5.18.0

Released: 4/2/2020

Released for download. Not available for auto-upgrade

Prerequisites for Azure AD Connect

More information about Azure AD Connect

Functional changes ADSyncAutoUpgrade

    • Added support for the mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid feature for group objects. This allows you to move groups between forests or reconnect groups in AD to Azure AD where the AD group objectID has changed, e.g. when an AD server is rebuilt after a calamity. For more information see Moving groups between forests.
    • The mS-DS-ConsistencyGuid attribute is automatically set on al synced groups and you do not have to do anything to enable this feature.
    • Removed the Get-ADSyncRunProfile because it is no longer in use.
    • Changed the warning you see when attempting to use an Enterprise Admin or Domain Admin account for the AD DS connector account to provide more context.
    • Added a new cmdlet to remove objects from the connector space the old CSDelete.exe tool is removed, and it is replaced with the new Remove-ADSyncCSObject cmdlet. The Remove-ADSyncCSObject cmdlet takes a CsObject as input. This object can be retrieved by using the Get-ADSyncCSObject cmdlet.

    Fixed issues

    • Fixed a bug in the group writeback forest/OU selector on rerunning the Azure AD Connect wizard after disabling the feature.
    • Introduced a new error page that will be displayed if the required DCOM registry values are missing with a new help link. Information is also written to log files.
    • Fixed an issue with the creation of the Azure Active Directory synchronization account where enabling Directory Extensions or PHS may fail because the account has not propagated across all service replicas before attempted use.
    • Fixed a bug in the sync errors compression utility that was not handling surrogate characters correctly.
    • Fixed a bug in the auto upgrade which left the server in the scheduler suspended state.

    I ran the MSI and upgraded from the previous version without any issues and ran at least one scheduled sync cycle! I do not have auto-upgrade enabled, therefore unfortunately I cannot say anything about this version.

    Cheers,
    Jorge

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