Steps to migrate users from on-premises Active Directory to Azure

Steps to migrate users from on-premises Active Directory to Azure

In this blog, we will show you the steps to migrate users from on-premises Active Directory to Azure using Microsoft Azure Portal.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Microsoft Azure Subscription.
  • Windows VM with AD installed

 

Note: We are using windows 2016 VM for this demo.

 

CREATING NEW ACTIVE DIRECTORY

  • Log in to Azure portal and Select New option.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Select on Security + Identity and click on Azure Active Directory link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Provide the required information and Click on Create button.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • It will take few minutes to complete the creating task.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Now, Re-login into your Azure portal and you will see your new domain on the account menu list.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on the Active directory link from the service list.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

 

CREATING AN ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT

  • From the Azure Active Directory service, Click on users and groups link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Select the All users link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on New User link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on the profile link and provide the required information.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Leave the properties tab by default. Click on Directory Role link and select the Global Administrator option and click OK.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on Show Password link and make a note of it. We have to reset the password for the administrator account.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Verify the provided information and click the Create button.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • The new user will be available on the user list.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

 

RESET THE GLOBAL ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Provide the Azure global administrator name and click Next.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Provide the temporary password and select the Sign in button.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • It will prompt us to update the password for the global administrator account. Provide the required information and click Sign in.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • We have logged into the Azure portal successfully.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL AZURE AD CONNECT

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Scroll down and click on Download button.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Download the MSI file and save it to the desktop.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Double-click on the MSI file and follow the wizard to complete the installation process.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • After the installation completes, A new shortcut will be available on the desktop.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

REVIEW ON-PREM ACTIVE DIRECTORY

  • We have already installed a new Active Directory domain as azdomain.local

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Open the Active Directory users and computers snap-in and select the users OU.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • We created three AD user for the demo purpose.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

SYNCHRONIZE THE ON-PREM AD TO AZURE AD

  • Double click on the Azure AD connect shortcut from the desktop. Agree to the license and click continue.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on the Express settings link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Provide Azure Global Administrator credentials.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Provide the local domain administrator credentials.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • We have not configured the UPN Suffixes for this demo. Click on Continue without any verified domains checkbox and proceed to next screen.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on Install button to start the synchronization between the on-premises and Azure AD.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

 

  • It will take few minutes to complete the synchronization process.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on Exit button to close the wizard.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

VERIFICATION

  • Log in to the Azure portal using Global Administrator credentials and click on Active Directory services link.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • Click on All users link and you can able to view our local AD users on the list.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

  • We can use these users to access the Azure portal.

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

Steps to migrate users from on-premise Active Directory to Azure

 

LINKS

https://www.assistanz.com/azure-active-directory-overview/

 

VIDEO

Thanks for reading this blog. We hope it was useful for you to learn about Active Directory Synchronization between on-premises and Azure AD.



Author: Loges
Logeswaran holds Microsoft certified engineer & solution architect certifications with over 11+ years of experience in the fields of hosting technologies and IMS/Cloud consulting. At AssistanZ, Logeswaran spearheads the strategic planning and execution of the company’s Microsoft based core technologies to Enterprise clients.

2 Comments

  • MD

    Can we discard On premise AD after Azur AD sync process completion?

  • Hi,

    We have tried in our R&D environment but received many errors to detach the on-prem AD from Azure. Will share our latest findings in the future blogs.

    Regards,
    Loges

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