AD Connect Scheduler, Tech Tip: AD Connect Scheduler

By: Dave Romano

Start the scheduler

This is done on the ADConnect server

The scheduler will by default run every 30 minutes. In some cases you might want to run a sync cycle in between the scheduled cycles or you need to run a different type.

Make sure to run Powershell in Administrator level.

Once Powershell is open type import-module adsync and hit enter. From that point you can choose the type of sync that you would like to run.

Delta sync cycle
A delta sync cycle includes the following steps:

  • Delta import on all Connectors
  • Delta sync on all Connectors
  • Export on all Connectors

It could be that you have an urgent change which must be synchronized immediately which is why you need to manually run a cycle. If you need to manually run a cycle, then from PowerShell run Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta.

Full sync cycle
If you have made one of the following configuration changes, you need to run a full sync cycle (a.k.a. Initial):

  • Added more objects or attributes to be imported from a source directory
  • Made changes to the Synchronization rules
  • Changed filtering so a different number of objects should be included

If you have made one of these changes, then you need to run a full sync cycle so the sync engine has the opportunity to reconsolidate the connector spaces. A full sync cycle includes the following steps:

  • Full Import on all Connectors
  • Full Sync on all Connectors
  • Export on all Connectors

To initiate a full sync cycle, run Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial from a PowerShell prompt. This will start a full sync cycle.

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