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Friday, September 26, 2014

Comparison of Microsoft's sync tools to the cloud.

Below are a comparison (copy/pasted from the source) of the different Sync tools from Microsoft. It was updated on September 5, 2014. To be absolutely updated go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn798669.aspx since things will change over time.

On-Premises to Cloud Synchronization

 
Feature Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync) Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM)
Connect to single on-premises AD forestXXX
Connect to multiple on-premises AD forests
XX
Connect to single on-premises LDAP directory (no AD at all)
CSX
Connect to multiple on-premises LDAP directories
CSX
Connect to on-premises AD and on-premises LDAP directories
CSX
Connect to custom systems (i.e. SQL, Oracle, MySQL, etc.).
CSX
Synchronize customer defined attributes (directory extensions)CSCS

Cloud to On-Premises Synchronization

Feature Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync) Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM)
Write-back of devicesXCS
Attribute write back (for Exchange hybrid deployment )XXX
Write-back of users, groups objectsCSCS
Write-back of passwords (from SSPR and password change)CSCS
Write-back of customer defined attributes (directory extensions)CSCS

Authentication Feature Support

Feature Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync) Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM)
Password Hash Sync for single on-premises AD forestXCS
Password Hash Sync for multiple on-premises AD forests
CS
Federation (SSO)XXX

Set-up and Installation

Feature Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync) Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM)
Supports installation on a Domain ControllerXX
Supports installation using SQL ExpressXX
Step-up from DirSync to AADSync


Localization Windows Server languages)XCS
Support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2XXX
Support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2XX

Filtering and Configuration

Feature Azure Active Directory Synchronization Tool (DirSync) Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM)
Filter on Domains and Organizational UnitsXXX
Filter on attribute values on objectsXXX
Allow minimal set of attributes to be synchronized "MinSync"
X
Allow different service templates to be applied for attribute flows
X
Allow removing attributes from flowing from AD to AAD
X
Allow advanced customization for attribute flows
XX

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