Synchronization Service performs data synchronization operations and include the Administration Console that provides a graphical user interface for managing connections to data systems and data synchronization operations.
Synchronization Service Capture Agent allows you to synchronize user passwords between Active Directory domains managed by Synchronization Service and other connected data systems. The following diagram shows how the Password Synchronization feature of Synchronization Service works:
Figure 2: Password synchronization
Capture Agent tracks changes to user passwords in the source Active Directory domain and provides that information to Synchronization Service, which in turn synchronizes the changes with target connected data systems by using the password synchronization rules you specified. To synchronize passwords, you need to install Capture Agent on each domain controller in the Active Directory domain you want to use as a source for the password synchronization operations.
Synchronization Service lets you synchronize identity information between a wide variety of external data systems. To synchronize identities, you must connect Synchronization Service to your data systems through special connectors. A connector enables Synchronization Service to access a specific data system and read and synchronize identity data in that system.
Out of the box, Synchronization Service supports the following data systems:
A synchronization workflow (sync workflow) is a set of synchronization steps (or synchronization operations) that define how to synchronize objects between two connected data systems. A sync workflow can comprise one or more synchronization steps. You can use the Administration Console, a component of Synchronization Service, to configure as many sync workflows as needed.
You can configure a synchronization step to perform one of the following operations: