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Active Roles 7.2 - Synchronization Service Administrator Guide

Synchronization Service Overview Deploying Synchronization Service Getting started Connections to external data systems
External data systems supported out of the box
Working with Active Directory Working with an AD LDS (ADAM) instance Working with Skype for Business Server Working with Exchange Server Working with Active Roles Working with Quest One Identity Manager Working with One Identity Manager Working with a delimited text file Working with Microsoft SQL Server Sample queries to modify SQL Server data Working with an OLE DB-compliant relational database Working with SharePoint Working with Microsoft Office 365 Working with Microsoft Azure Active Directory
Using connectors installed remotely Creating a connection Renaming a connection Deleting a connection Modifying synchronization scope for a connection Using connection handlers Specifying password synchronization settings for a connection
Synchronizing identity data Mapping objects Automated password synchronization Synchronization history Scenarios of use Appendix A: Developing PowerShell scripts for attribute synchronization rules Appendix B: Using a PowerShell script to transform passwords

Synchronization Service

Synchronization Service

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.

Capture Agent

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.

Connectors and connected data systems

Synchronization Service Overview > Technical overview > Connectors and connected data systems

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:

  • Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services
  • Microsoft Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Skype for Business Server
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Active Roles version 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, or 6.9
  • Quest One Identity Manager version 6.1 or 6.0
  • One Identity Manager version 7.0
  • Data sources accessible through an OLE DB provider
  • Delimited text files

Synchronization workflows and steps

Synchronization Service Overview > Technical overview > Synchronization workflows and steps

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:

  • Creation. Creates objects in the target connected data systems based on the changes made to specific objects in the source connected system. When creating a new object, Synchronization Service assigns initial values to the object attributes based on the attribute population rules you have configured.
  • Update. Changes the attributes of objects in the target connected data systems based on the changes made to specific objects in the source connected system. To define the objects that will participate in the update operation you can use object mapping rules. For more information, see Mapping objects.
  • Deprovision. Modifies or removes objects in the target connected data systems after their counterparts have been disconnected from the source connected system. Synchronization Service can be configured to remove objects permanently or change them to a specific state.


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