Implement Outlook Live Directory Sync for Live@edu


Applies to: Live@edu

Topic last modified: 2011-12-05

Outlook Live Directory Sync (OLSync) is the synchronization solution for Microsoft Live@edu customers. If you are running a cloud-based e-mail service with Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises, you must use the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool to synchronize your directories.

UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_1stMention>), formerly known as GALSync 2010, is a directory synchronisation tool that you use to replicate and synchronise user information between your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) or Active Directory directory service and Outlook Live. The goal of directory synchronisation is to represent a single entity in different identity databases, and to keep the information about that entity consistent and up-to-date.

To get up and running with UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>), make sure to read the following topics:

But first, here's a quick Q and A.

What does OLSync do?

UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) pulls user, contact, group and dynamic distribution group data from your on-premises AD DS or Active Directory and replicates and synchronises it with your Outlook Live domain.

After UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) pulls in the data, it creates, manages and deletes accounts in Outlook Live, a process called "auto-provisioning." In addition, UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) populates the shared address book in the corresponding Outlook Live domain.

When UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) runs, it completes a one-way synchronisation from your directory to the Outlook Live datacentre that Microsoft operates. UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) doesn't write information back to your directory.

What do I get with OLSync?

UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) is made up of the following components:

  • Synchronisation engine   UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) relies on a directory synchronisation engine to manage the synchronisation of objects from your on-premises AD DS or Active Directory to the Outlook Live datacentre. The current version of UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) supports ILM 2007 FP1 only.

  • Management agents   ILM uses management agents to establish and maintain authenticated connections to your organisation and to the Outlook Live datacentre. UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) uses two management agents: the Active Directory Management Agent (ADMA) and the UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLMA_SubsequentMention>). Together, these management agents optimise the connection of your on-premises directory to your Outlook Live domain.

  • Rule sets   Rule sets are software templates that provide the business logic for synchronising between AD DS or Active Directory and Outlook Live. UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) includes one rule set that defines address book synchronisation and auto-provisioning. The rules for address book synchronisation push the group and user objects that you specify into the Outlook Live shared address book. The rules for auto-provisioning let you to create, update and delete users in Outlook Live by using your on-premises directory and Microsoft Exchange management tools.

To synchronise with Outlook Live, you can use the current release of UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) to import the management agents and rule sets for an AD DS or Active Directory running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later versions of Microsoft Exchange on-premises. After you import the management agents and rules sets, and make some basic configurations, you can begin synchronising.

What do I need to deploy OLSync?

The following are required:

  • An on-premises AD DS or Active Directory   The user and group objects that you want to synchronise with Outlook Live have to originate in your on-premises directory. If you're running Exchange 2003 or later versions of Microsoft Exchange, you can use the native Exchange and Active Directory user management tools to auto-provision users.

    If you aren't running AD DS or Active Directory on-premises, you can use components of the UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) solution to automate address book synchronisation and provisioning as part of your own customised solution. However, a customised solution isn't supported by UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>) and requires expertise with ILM.

  • Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 FP1    For software and hardware requirements for UNRESOLVED_TOKEN_VAL(<rte:TA_Reuse_OLSync_SubsequentMention>), see OLSync Prerequisites.

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