New Azure AD Connect version ( Released



Last week at September 7th 2016, Microsoft Released a new version of Azure AD Connect, which is now incremented to version

This new August update includes the following fixed issues and improvements:

Fixed issues:

  • Changes to sync interval does not take place until after next sync cycle completes.
  • Azure AD Connect wizard does not accept Azure AD account whose username starts with an underscore (_).
  • Azure AD Connect wizard fails to authenticate Azure AD account provided if account password contains too many special characters. Error message “Unable to validate credentials. An unexpected error has occurred.” is returned.
  • Uninstalling staging server disables password synchronization in Azure AD tenant and causes password synchronization to fail with active server.
  • Password synchronization fails in uncommon cases when there is no password hash stored on the user.
  • When Azure AD Connect server is enabled for staging mode, password writeback is not temporarily disabled.
  • Azure AD Connect wizard does not show the actual password synchronization and password writeback configuration when server is in staging mode. It always shows them as disabled.
  • Configuration changes to password synchronization and password writeback are not persisted by Azure AD Connect wizard when server is in staging mode.



  • Updated Start-ADSyncSyncCycle cmdlet to indicate whether it is able to successfully start a new sync cycle or not.
  • Added Stop-ADSyncSyncCycle cmdlet to terminate sync cycle and operation which are currently in progress.
  • Updated Stop-ADSyncScheduler cmdlet to terminate sync cycle and operation which are currently in progress.
  • When configuring Directory Extensions in Azure AD Connect wizard, AD attribute of type “Teletex string” can now be selected.


It is recommended to always upgrade to the latest version of Azure AD Connect.

As Always Download the latest Azure AD Connect from:

Reference: Azure AD Connect: Version Release History

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Peter is an Exchange specialist with over 15+ years of experience with Exchange Server and certified Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) on Exchange Server. He has been awarded the Microsoft MVP award, every year since 2007. He is active in the Microsoft community and User Group Leader for CoLabora (a danish UC & Cloud User Group). He works as an Cloud & Infrastructure Architect and Consulent, with primary focus on Exchange, Office 365, Azure and Skype for Business.


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