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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.

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  • 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.

4 thoughts on “Steps to migrate users from on-premises Active Directory to Azure”

  1. 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

  2. Hi Loges

    Thanks for the tutorial. We created the users already in O365 and we want to sync or map our on-prem ad users to O365 users. Do you know if this is possible? because users are already worrking with the O365 Mailboxes.

    Many Thanks
    Patrick

  3. This does not migrate users from AD to AAD this syncs the two. This very simple process accomplishes roughly 1/4 of the scope that the title suggests.

    REMOVING USERS FROM AD AND JOINING TO AZURE AD AND STILL MAINTAINING THEIR CURRENT PROFILE CAN”T BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THESE STEPS.

    Apologies for the caps but it’s important that people know this before attempting the above.

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