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Upgrade Azure AD Connect

You want to upgrade Azure AD Connect to the latest version. Azure AD Connect will automatically update if there are important updates or critical fixes for the installed version. If there are no such issues, there are no updates pushed out using Auto Upgrade. That’s when you want to install Azure AD Connect update manually. In this article, you will learn how to upgrade Azure AD Connect from a previous version to the latest.

Introduction

Are you new to Azure AD Connect? Learn more on how to install and configure Azure AD Connect. It’s good to make yourself familiar with Azure AD Connect before you do an upgrade.

It would be best to keep the servers up to date with the latest releases of Azure AD Connect. The Microsoft team keeps Azure AD Connect up to date, and this includes:

  • Security fixes
  • Bug fixes
  • Serviceability
  • Performance improvements
  • Scalability improvements

Azure AD Connect: Version release history »

Export Azure AD Connect configuration

Before you upgrade Azure AD Connect, check your backup software and that the backup was successfully run on the Azure AD Connect server. Also, we recommend creating an Azure AD Connect export configuration.

Start Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect from the programs menu. Click on Configure.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect configure

Click View or export current configuration. Click Next.

View or export current configuration

Click Export Settings.

Export settings

Save the .json file as a backup on another server in the network.

Export Azure AD Connect configuration json file

Check Azure AD Connect version

How to know which Azure AD Connect version is running? There are a couple of ways to retrieve the Azure AD Connect version.

Check Azure AD Connect version in Programs and Features

On the AD Connect Server, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. In this example, Microsoft Azure AD Connect version 1.5.45.0 is installed.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect programs and features

Check Azure AD Connect version in Synchronization Service Manager

Another way to check Azure AD Connect version is in the Synchronization Service program.

Start Azure Active Directory Synchronization Service from the programs menu. Click in the menu bar on Help > About. Azure AD Connect version 1.5.45.0 is shown.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect synchronization service manager

Check Azure AD Connect version with PowerShell

Do you want to find Azure AD Connect version with PowerShell? Run Windows PowerShell as administrator. First, import the ADsync module with Import-Module ADsync cmdlet. After that, run Get-ADSyncGlobalSettings cmdlet.

In this example, it’s Azure AD Connect version 1.5.45.0.

PS C:\> Import-Module ADSync
PS C:\> (Get-ADSyncGlobalSettingsParameter | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.Synchronize.ServerConfigurationVersion'}).Value
1.5.45.0

Download Azure AD Connect

Download the latest Azure AD Connect version by going to the Microsoft Download Center. At the moment, the latest version is Azure AD Connect 1.6.4.0.

Download Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect

Save the AzureADConnect.msi file in C:\install folder.

AzureADConnect.msi

Upgrade Azure AD Connect

Double-click the AzureADConnect.msi file, and let the setup extract the files.

Upgrade AAD Connect

The screen will show that an older version of Azure AD Connect is installed and will be upgraded.

  • During the Azure AD Connect upgrade, the synchronization will be stopped.
  • After Azure AD Connect upgrade, full sync will occur between AD and Azure AD.

If you have more than 50.000 AD objects, you might want to run the update after working hours or on the weekend, as it can take a couple of hours or more to finish syncing.

Click Upgrade.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect upgrade main screen

The setup is upgrading the synchronization engine.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect upgrading the synchronization engine

Connect to Azure AD

Enter your Azure AD global administrator credentials. Click on Next.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect enter global administrator credentials

Configure

The setup is checking for installed components.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect checking for installed components

Check the checkbox Start the synchronization process when configuration completes. Click Upgrade.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect upgrade

Wait for the Azure AD Connect upgrade to finish.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect installing Azure AD Connect Health agent for sync

Configuration is complete. The upgrade from Azure Active Directory Sync has finished successfully. Click Exit.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect complete

Verify Azure AD Connect version

It’s always good to verify your work. There are a couple of ways to retrieve the Azure AD Connect version.

Verify Azure AD Connect version in Programs and Features

On the AD Connect Server, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. In this example, Microsoft Azure AD Connect version 1.6.4.0 is installed.

Verify version in Programs and features

Verify Azure AD Connect version in Synchronization Service Manager

Start Azure Active Directory Synchronization Service from the programs menu. Click in the menu bar on Help > About. Azure AD Connect version 1.6.4.0 is shown.

Upgrade Azure AD Connect synchronization service manager

Verify Azure AD Connect version with PowerShell

Run Windows PowerShell as administrator. First, import the ADsync module with Import-Module ADsync cmdlet. After that, run Get-ADSyncGlobalSettings cmdlet.

Azure AD Connect version is 1.6.4.0.

PS C:\> Import-Module ADSync
PS C:\> (Get-ADSyncGlobalSettingsParameter | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.Synchronize.ServerConfigurationVersion'}).Value
1.6.4.0

That’s it!

Read more: Force sync Azure AD Connect with PowerShell »

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to upgrade Azure AD Connect step by step. Export Azure AD configuration before you start the upgrade. If you have more than 50.000 AD objects, it’s better to run the upgrade after working hours as it will take some time. As of last, verify that the synchronization works without any errors and that you did install the latest Azure AD Connect version successfully.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

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