Force AAD Connect Synchronization Cycle

The scheduler will run by default run every 30 minutes. In some cases you might want to run a sync cycle in between the scheduled cycles or you need to run a different type.

Delta Sync Cycle
It could be that you have an urgent change which must be synchronized immediately which is why you need to manually run a cycle. If you need to manually run a cycle, then from PowerShell run:


Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta

Full Sync Cycle
If you have made one of the following configuration changes, you need to run a full sync cycle (a.k.a. Initial):

  • Added more objects or attributes to be imported from a source directory
  • Made changes to the Synchronization rules
  • Changed filtering so a different number of objects should be included (e.g. Adding a new OU to the filter)

If you have made one of these changes, then you need to run a full sync cycle so the sync engine has the opportunity to reconsolidate the connector spaces. To initiate a full sync cycle, run:


Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial

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