AADSync or DirSync as Windows Server role?

When will Azure Active Directory Sync or DirSync become a Windows Server role/feature?

Working with Cloud Solutions I very often implement ADFS and AADSync/DirSync, but only ADFS has become a Windows Server role.

I don’t see any reason to why Directory Synchronization shouldn’t become a Windows Server Role, so when will it happen?

For one thing, it is not made by the Windows Server Team, but by the FIM/MIM Team, because underneath the little wizard we find the FIM Synchronization Engine.

FIM is a stand alone product, but it is so much more then Active Directory Sync and Active Directory Sync is primarly Integrated for synchronization between Active Directories, like Azure Active Directory, so therefore I believe it is better suited to become a Windows Server Role.

Which brings us to Microsoft Online Services, who leverage Azure Active Directory and is the by strategy the place to be now and in the future.

Directory Synchronization for President/Windows Server Role 🙂


I am Roy Apalnes, a Microsoft Cloud Evangelist working av Sopra Steria. Main focus in Microsoft Security and Endpoint Management, with a bigger picture in mind.

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