Azure AD Connect Masterclass (A638)

This is a BRAND NEW course for 2018, developed due to popular demand, and I'm very excited to offer it to you. I'm especially pleased with its realistic hands-on labs - they'll enable you to get a proper understanding of the product's capabilities in real-world scenarios.

Hugh Simpson-Wells, CEO and founder, OCG Learning

Live Instructor-Led Course

Join the class in person, or connect to the class in real time over the internet from wherever you are in the world (via Skype).

£1300 / $1850 / €1500

Available as a private course

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Who is the Azure AD Connect Masterclass for?

Our NEW Azure AD Connect (AAD Connect) Course is a 3-day Masterclass aimed at architects and administrators responsible for connecting their on-premises Active Directory with an Azure Active Directory tenant​.

Many organizations use AAD Connect in its ‘out of the box’ form, but there is so much more that it can do. AAD Connect is a critical part of the IT infrastructure, and this Masterclass will show you how it works and how it should be configured and maintained.​

The course covers both the ‘easy’ things (installation and configuration using the wizard) as well as ‘harder’ things, like multi-forest configuration and the configuration of single sign-on.

Familiarity with Active Directory and basic concepts of authentication will be advantageous​ – the same goes for Exchange (unless you will never use it).

AAD Connect is based on Microsoft Identity Manager, and while we will call out similarities and differences, no prior knowledge is required – and the same goes for Azure Active Directory.

This Azure AD Connect course is exceptionally practical training and comprises presentations, discussions, demonstrations, and a lot of hands-on exercises. The hands-on labs – which are crucial to a proper understanding of the topics covered – have been made as realistic as possible. So for example, students will use a real domain and fully implement AAD Connect in various configurations. The labs are complex and reflect issues you will face in the real world.

Training outcomes

At the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • Identify appropriate installation and configuration options depending on the environment
  • Understand when to use/not to use Microsoft Identity Manager versus, or with, AAD Connect
  • Configure AD Connect beyond the Wizard install
  • Select and implement appropriate authentication options
  • Manage, operate, troubleshoot, upgrade and uninstall AAD Connect
  • Understand the implications and options with respect to M&A, carve-outs, non-AD and cloud HR scenarios
  • Understand how to implement more complex scenarios such as Exchange hybrid and multi-forest
  • Understand unsupported scenarios and features (and the consequences of implementing unsupported scenarios)
  • And much more…

This course has been jointly produced by OCG Learning, Andreas Kjellman, formerly MIM and Azure AD Connect Program Manager for Microsoft, and Jimmy Andersson, MVP Enterprise Mobility. Between them there is not much they don’t know about MIM and Azure AD Connect.

There is very little overlap between this AAD Connect Masterclass and the Identity Masterclass

The Identity Masterclass with John Craddock uses AAD Connect in its simplest out of the box configuration. On this course we examine it deeply. This AAD Connect Masterclass covers authentication only to the extent that is needed to demonstrate the different configuration options, while the Identity Masterclass examines authentication issues in detail.

Delegates on this course will learn about the product in detail and its many features through lectures, discussion, and hands-on labs. The hands-on labs are crucial to a proper understanding of the topics covered and have been designed to be as realistic as possible.

  • The role of AAD Connect, and sources of identity objects and attributes, and what is synchronized
  • An overview of Azure Active Directory, its relationship with Office 365, and the Sync, PowerShell and Graph interfaces
  • The relationship between AD Connect and Microsoft Identity Manager: similarities and differences, recovery scenarios
  • Prerequisites and preparation for AAD Connect installation, and enterprise considerations
  • Different ways of managing passwords
  • AAD Connect architecture and configuration, understanding and editing rules, and handling errors
  • Scheduling, statistics, basic troubleshooting, high availability, and AD Connect health
  • Managing AD Connect with PowerShell
  • Precedence, provisioning/deprovisioning, joining rules, and transformations
  • Windows 10 with Azure AD, and Configuration for SSO
  • Authentication scenarios: Password Sync, SSO with ADFS, SSO with Pass-Through Authentication (PTA): Seamless Single Sign-On (SSSO), Azure AD SSPR / Password Change: advantages and disadvantages of each, troubleshooting, event logs, high availability, reliability, fall-back options, user experience etc.
  • Hybrid architectures, MIM sync options
  • Upgrading AAD Connect, importing and exporting, and documenting sync rules
  • Uninstall options, and what remains after uninstall, recovering AAD ownership of AD-owned objects
  • Issues around Azure AD preferred data location, and multiple AAD instances
  • Handling data quality issues: duplicate UPN, duplicate proxy addresses
  • Hybrid Exchange issues and limitations
  • Handling mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs etc.
  • Non-AD scenarios, cloud HR
  • Unsupported Scenarios such as multiple AD Connect engines, additional connectors, multiple AAD tenants
  • Unsupported features such as debug tracing
  • Multi-Forest Issues and Configurations: adding new AD connector vs reinstall, joining, filtering
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