Synchronization of Identity Data

Hosting Controller’s AD Connect Sync is a synchronization tool between two or more Active Directories. The source is a Microsoft Active Directory and the destination is usually a Microsoft Active Directory as well but can be any LDAP compliant Active Directory.

A common requirement for companies with an established on-premises Active Directory environment, is to have the existing on-premises users and groups linked in some way to a hosted or Cloud Active Directory. Likewise it's essential for large organizations providing Hosted Exchange and housing Active Directory infrastructures, to keep their internal and external Active Directories linked. HC Active Directory Synchronization tool is the smartest answer to all your sync needs.


Not Standard AD Replication

Used to synchronize Active Directory data where normal Active Directory replication cannot be used for any reason.

Useful Active Directory Connector

No need to manage users in two places when it can be done in one.

Synchronize Passwords

Synchronize Passwords

Keep your Active Directory passwords synchronized across your internal and external Active Directories. Make it easier for administrators to replicate and track password changes across Active Directories.

Synchronize Identities

Synchronize Identities

Perform one-way synchronization of identity data (users, groups) between an on-premises Active Directory and your hosted Active Directory. Manage account changes across multiple systems.

Synchronize Groups

Synchronize Groups

Reflect group changes made in an on-premises Active Directory to the hosted environment in real-time. Provide a complete and efficient identity management solution to your business.

Supported Deployment Topologies

As your organization evolves and finds its optimum mix of on-prem and cloud based services, AD Connect Sync tool is there to support any and all Identity management topologies.


One Source - One Destination
Typical Use Case: On-Prem to Cloud


One Source - Multiple Destinations
Typical Use Cases: Distributed Applications


Multiple Sources - One Destination
Typical Use Case: Cloud Service Provider

Highlight Features

No trust relationship required

No trust relationship is needed between the source and the destination

Administrator full control

Admins can choose just what they want to copy down to a single user, group or contact

Real time synchronization

Passwords are also copied in real-time and synchronized automatically

LDAP compliant Active Directory

Destination can be any LDAP compliant Active Directory

Copying rules

Copying rules enable rule based changes to data as it is being copied

Use Cases

The business scenarios and rationale for using AD Connect Sync.

Easy Monitoring

It is important that you maintain a healthy synchronization between your local and Cloud Active Directories. Quickly spotting and diagnosing anomalies is the key to success. AD Connect Sync is accompanied by a robust monitoring tool, which not only identifies any bottle necks in the whole process but also makes available visual representations in the form of daily and weekly stats and reports.

  • Monitor multiple sync machines across different Domain Controllers, through a single interface.
  • Generate necessary alerts, if communication breaks either from the local AD or from the Cloud side.
  • Display system activation status.
  • Weekly and daily graphical representation of synchronized data.
  • Display number of sync objects in an organization.
  • Live view from different AD machines.
  • Advanced search filter to view successful/failed events.

Why HC ADSync?

There are plenty of good reasons to use HC ADSync for synchronizing your on-premises identities with those in the Cloud. The most important ones are:

AD Sync implementation


HC ADSync is far easier to implement than other more complex options. Installing and configuring HC ADSync simply involves a few one-time configuration steps. HC ADSync is a simple service which requires an installation over the primary (or additional) domain controllers. Once installed, AD objects can be selected to initiate the sync process between the ADs.

AD Sync complexity


HC ADSync does not require a two-way trust relationship to be established between domains neither does it demand the added complication of deploying an ADFS infrastructure. No additional servers, SSL certificates or DNS entries are required.

AD Sync cost


Costs can be cut into half or even more by deploying HC ADSync. There are no additional costs to consider above those of the licenses whereas other more expensive alternates like ADFS require additional server licensing, SSL certificates, hardware costs and/or virtual infrastructure resources and consultancy costs.

Real-Time Synchronization Features

Core features and functionality of AD Connect Sync.

Synchronize Users

Push newly provisioned users to the hosted/Cloud environment.

Synchronize User Passwords

Intercept changes to user passwords on the on-premises AD in real time and replicate to related user object on the hosted AD.

Synchronize User Attributes

Sync any changes to user attributes such as displayName, company, mobile etc.

Synchronize Groups

Push newly created Distribution and Security groups to the hosted/Cloud environment.

Synchronize Group Attributes

Sync group attributes to the hosted environment.

Change Group Membership

Reflect any membership changes to the Cloud environment.

Synchronize Contacts

Replicate new contacts seamlessly between on-premises and Cloud.

Specify Sync Intervals

Choose convenient time intervals for synchronization.

Transfer Securely

Send requests securely over LDAPs.

Customize Attributes

Enable or prevent selected few attributes of a user to be synchronized.

Synchronize Required Users

Choose required few users, groups and contacts from a specific organization (OU) to be synced.

Synchronize Across Multiple Cloud DCs

Synchronize a single local AD with multiple Cloud Domain Controllers.


  • Less complex alternative to Single Sign-On (SSO).
  • Does not require a two-way trust relationship to be established between domains.
  • A lightweight solution for synchronizing.

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