Azure AD Connect: Group Rewrite - Microsoft Inside (2023)

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Group writeback allows you to write back groups from the clouds to your on-premises Active Directory using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Connect synchronization. This feature allows you to manage groups in the cloud while controlling access to local applications and resources.

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The group rewrite is currently in public preview as we collect customer feedback and telemetry. please consultThe restrictionsbefore enabling this feature.

There are two versions of group rewrite. The original version is generally available and is limited to writing Microsoft 365 groups as distribution groups in your local instance of Active Directory. The new enhanced version of Group Rewrite is in public preview and enables the following features:

  • You can type Microsoft 365 Groups as distribution groups, security groups, or mail-enabled security groups.
  • You can write Azure AD security groups as security groups.
  • All groups are rewritten with a group range ofUniversal.
  • You can restore groups with assigned and dynamic memberships.
  • You can configure directory settings to control whether newly created Microsoft 365 groups are writable by default.
  • Group nesting in Azure AD is overridden when both groups exist in Active Directory.
  • Groups written nested as members of groups synced from on-premises Active Directory are synced nested to Azure AD.
  • Devices that are members of writeback-enabled groups in Azure AD are registered as members of Active Directory. Azure AD registered and Azure AD joined devices must have device writeback enabled for group membership to be written back.
  • You can configure the common name in the Distinguished Name of an Active Directory group to include the display name of the group when it is rewritten.
  • You can use the Azure AD management portal, Graph Explorer, and PowerShell to configure which Azure AD groups are rewritten.

The new version will be activated across the entire tenant and not per Azure AD Connect customer instance. Ensure that all Azure AD Connect client instances are updated to a minimum build ofAzure AD Connect version 2.0 or laterWhether pool writeback is currently enabled on the client instance.

This article walks you through the activities you need to perform before enabling group writeback for your tenant. These activities include determining your current configuration, reviewing prerequisites, and choosing your deployment approach.

Find out if group writeback is enabled in your environment

To find out if Azure AD Connect group writeback is already enabled in your environment, use theRecurso Get-ADSyncAADCompanyPowerShell cmdlet. The cmdlet is part of theADSync-PowerShell- Module installed with Azure AD Connect.

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Unified Group Rewriterefers to the original version.GroupWritebackV2refers to the new version.

a value ofINCORRECTindicates that the function is not activated.

Find out the current writeback settings for existing Microsoft 365 groups

To view existing Microsoft 365 Groups writeback settings in the portal, go to each group and select its properties.

You can also view the writeback status through the Microsoft Graph. For more information, seeget group.

Example:OBTENGA https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/groups?$filter=groupTypes/any(c:c eq 'Unified')&$select=id,displayName,writebackConfiguration

Seactivatedit isNulloTRUE, the group will be overwritten.

Seactivatedit isINCORRECT, the group will not be overwritten.

Finally, you can view the rewrite status via PowerShell usingMódulo para Microsoft Identity Tools PowerShell.

Example:Get-mggroup -filter "group types/whatever (c:c eq 'Unified')" | Get-MsIdGroupWritebackConfiguration

Find out the default writeback settings for newly created Microsoft 365 groups

For groups that have not been created yet, you can see if they will be automatically overwritten.

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To see the default behavior in your environment for newly created groups, use thedirectory settingsResource type not Microsoft Graph.

Example:GET https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/Settings

Anddirectory settingsvalue ofunified.groupdoes not exist, default directory settings apply and newly created Microsoft 365 Groupsit converts automaticallybe written again.

Anddirectory settingsvalue ofunified.groupexists with aNuevoUnifiedGroupWritebackPredeterminadovalue ofINCORRECT, the Microsoft 365 groupdoesn't work automaticallythey are write-enabled when they are created. If the value is not specified or is set toTRUE, Newly created Microsoft 365 Groupsit converts automaticallybe written again.

You can also use the PowerShell cmdletAzureADDirectorySettingAzureADDirectorySetting.

Example:(Get-AzureADDirectorySetting | ? { $_.DisplayName -eq "Group.Unified"} | FL *).valores

If nothing is returned, use the default directory settings. Newly created Microsoft 365 groupsit converts automaticallybe written again.

Sedirectory settingsis returned with aNuevoUnifiedGroupWritebackPredeterminadovalue ofINCORRECT, the Microsoft 365 groupdoesn't work automaticallythey are write-enabled when they are created. If the value is not specified or is set toTRUE, Newly created Microsoft 365 Groupsit converts automaticallybe written again.

Find out if Active Directory is ready for Exchange

To verify that Active Directory is Exchange-ready, seePrepare Active Directory and domains for Exchange Server.

Meet the requirements for public viewing.

The following are prerequisites for group rewrite:

  • An Azure AD Premium 1 license
  • Azure AD Connect version 2.0.89.0 or later

An optional requirement is Exchange Server 2016 CU15 or later. You only need it to set up cloud groups with hybrid Exchange. For more information, seeSet up Microsoft 365 groups with hybrid on-premises Exchange. if you haven'tExchange-fähiges Active Directory, email-related group attributes are not overridden.

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Choose the right approach

The appropriate deployment approach for your organization depends on the current state of pool rewrite in your environment and the desired rewrite behavior.

When you enable group writebacks, the following default behavior occurs:

  • All existing Microsoft 365 Groups are automatically written to Active Directory, including Microsoft 365 Groups created in the future. Azure AD security groups are not automatically registered. Each of these must be enabled for writeback.

  • Restored groups are not removed from Active Directory if they are disabled for restore or soft delete. They remain in Active Directory until they are permanently deleted in Azure AD.

    Changes made to these groups in Azure AD aren't written out until the groups are re-enabled for write back or restored from a soft-deleted state. This requirement helps protect Active Directory groups from accidental deletion if they are accidentally disabled for soft delete or restore in Azure AD.

  • Microsoft 365 groups with more than 50,000 members and Azure AD security groups with more than 250,000 members cannot be writable locally.

To keep the default behavior, continue withAzure AD Connect Group Rewrite Post-DocArticle.

You can change the default behavior as follows:

  • Only groups configured for writeback are written, including newly created Microsoft 365 groups.
  • Locally written groups are deleted in Active Directory if they're disabled for group writeback, soft delete, or purge in Azure AD.
  • Microsoft 365 groups with up to 250,000 members can be written to locally.

If you want to make changes to the default behavior, you must do so before enabling group writeback. However, you can still change the default behavior if group writeback is already enabled. For more information, seeChange the default writeback behavior of Azure AD Connect groups.

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You must make these changes before you enable write-back for the pool; Otherwise, all existing Microsoft 365 groups are automatically written to Active Directory. Also, new and original versions of the feature must be activated in the documented order. If the original role is activated first, all existing Microsoft 365 groups will be restored to Active Directory.

Familiarize yourself with the limitations of public preview

Although this version has been extensively tested, problems can still occur. One of the goals of this public preview is to find and fix any issues before the feature is rolled out to everyone. Also, please note that each public preview feature is potentially subject to even larger changes that may require changes to your settings to continue using that feature. We may also decide to change or remove certain features without notice. Microsoft supports this public preview, but we may not be able to immediately fix any issues it finds. For these reasons, we do not recommend deploying this version in your production environment.

These limitations and known issues are specific to group rewrite:

  • A cloudDistribution List Groupscreated in Exchange Online cannot be written back to AD, only Microsoft 365 and Azure AD security groups are supported.

  • To be compatible with the current version of group writeback, enabling group writeback will rewrite all existing Microsoft 365 groups and create them as distribution groups by default.

  • When you disable writeback for a group, the group isn't automatically deleted from your local Active Directory until it's fully deleted in Azure AD. This behavior can be changed by following the steps outlined inChange group writeback

  • Group writeback does not support writing back members of nested groups with domain local scope in AD because Azure AD security groups write back with universal scope. If you have such a nested group, Azure AD Connect will show an export error with the message "A universal group cannot have a local group as a member". The solution is to either remove the "Domain Local" scope member from the Azure AD group or update the nested group member's scope in AD to the Global or Universal group.

  • Group writeback only supports group writeback in a single organizational unit (OU). Once the feature is enabled, you cannot change the selected organizational unit. One solution is to completely disable group writeback in Azure AD Connect, and then select a different OU when you re-enable the feature.

  • Nested cloud groups that are members of write-back-enabled groups must also be enabled for write-back to remain nested in AD.

  • Group writeback configuration to manage writeback of new security groups at scale is not yet available. You must configure writeback for each group.

    If you have such a nested group, Azure AD Connect will show an export error with the message "A universal group cannot have a local group as a member". The decision is to remove the member with thedominio localAzure AD group scope or update nested group member scope in Active DirectoryGlobaloUniversal.

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  • Group writeback only supports group writeback in a single organizational unit (OU). Once the feature is enabled, you cannot change the selected organizational unit. One solution is to completely disable group writeback in Azure AD Connect, and then select a different OU when you re-enable the feature.

  • Nested cloud groups that are members of write-back-enabled groups must also be enabled for write-back to remain nested in Active Directory.

  • A group write-back configuration is not yet available to manage large-scale write-backs of new security groups. You must configure writeback for each group.

Next steps

  • Change the default writeback behavior of Azure AD Connect groups
  • Azure AD Connect Group Rewrite Post-Doc
  • Disable writeback for Azure AD Connect group

FAQs

How do I enable group writeback in Azure AD Connect? ›

Enable group writeback by using the Azure AD Connect wizard

Select Customize synchronization options, and then select Next. On the Connect to Azure AD page, enter your credentials. Select Next. On the Optional features page, verify that the options you previously configured are still selected.

What is the benefit of group writeback? ›

Group writeback allows you to write cloud groups back to your on-premises Active Directory instance by using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Connect sync. You can use this feature to manage groups in the cloud, while controlling access to on-premises applications and resources.

What is the difference between soft match and hard match? ›

A match on userPrincipalName or proxyAddresses is known as a soft match. A match on sourceAnchor is known as hard match. For the proxyAddresses attribute only the value with SMTP:, that is the primary email address, is used for the evaluation.

How do I fix missing directory error in Azure AD? ›

This error is usually caused when an Azure subscription is moved to a new Azure AD directory and the old Azure AD directory that's associated with Azure AD DS is deleted. This error is unrecoverable. To resolve the alert, delete your existing managed domain and recreate it in your new directory.

What license do you require to enable password writeback in Azure AD Connect? ›

The on-premises writeback feature requires Azure AD Premium P1, Premium P2, or Microsoft 365 Business Premium. For additional licensing information, including costs, see the following pages: Microsoft 365 licensing guidance for security & compliance.

What is writeback in Azure AD connect? ›

Password writeback can be used to synchronize password changes in Azure AD back to your on-premises AD DS environment. Azure AD Connect provides a secure mechanism to send these password changes back to an existing on-premises directory from Azure AD.

What is the main purpose of using groups in Active Directory? ›

Use groups to collect user accounts, computer accounts, and other groups into manageable units. Working with groups instead of with individual users helps you simplify network maintenance and administration.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of grouping? ›

Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in a Group:
Advantages of Working in a GroupDisadvantages of Working in a Group
More ProductiveUnequal Participation
More ResourcesIntrinsic Conflict
More ReliableNo Individual thinking
Learn ThingsDecision making takes time
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What is a hard match? ›

Hard match can be in the form of staff salaries or any other expenditure that requires the payment for services by the local government. Hard match is funds provided by the local government for the EMA, while in-kind match is donated goods or services.

How do I troubleshoot Azure AD Connect issues? ›

Run the troubleshooting task in the wizard

Start the Azure AD Connect wizard. Go to Additional Tasks > Troubleshoot, and then select Next. On the Troubleshooting page, select Launch to start the troubleshooting menu in PowerShell. In the main menu, select Troubleshoot Object Synchronization.

How do you refresh a directory schema in Azure AD Connect? ›

Step 2: Refresh the schema for Active Directory
  1. Start the Azure AD Connect wizard from the desktop.
  2. Select the option Refresh directory schema and click Next.
  3. Enter your Azure AD credentials and click Next.
  4. On the Refresh Directory Schema page, make sure all forests are selected and click Next.

How do I check my Azure AD Connect sync errors? ›

View directory synchronization errors in the Microsoft 365 admin center
  1. Sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center with a global administrator account.
  2. On the Home page, you'll see the User management card.
  3. On the card, choose Sync errors under Azure AD Connect to see the errors on the Directory sync errors page.
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What license do I need for password writeback? ›

Password Writeback License Requirements

Because to use the feature you will need to have at least Azure AD Premium P1 plan in your Microsoft 365 license. The plan can be bought separately as an add-on, but it's also part of the following license plans: Microsoft Business Premium.

How do I enable Azure AD Connect pass-through authentication? ›

If you're installing Azure AD Connect for the first time, choose the custom installation path. At the User sign-in page, choose Pass-through Authentication as the Sign On method. On successful completion, a Pass-through Authentication Agent is installed on the same server as Azure AD Connect.

Does Azure AD Connect need domain admin? ›

If you're upgrading from DirSync, the AD DS Enterprise Administrator credentials are used to reset the password for the account that DirSync used. Azure AD Global Administrator credentials also are required.

How long does password writeback take to work 5 seconds? ›

Password writeback is instant. It is a synchronous pipeline that works fundamentally differently than password hash synchronization. Password writeback allows users to get real-time feedback about the success of their password reset or change operation.

How do I know if my password writeback is working? ›

In these cases, first check if password writeback is enabled on-premises. You can check by using either the Azure AD Connect wizard or PowerShell. If the feature appears to be enabled, try enabling or disabling the feature again either.

How do I give a user access to reset passwords in Active Directory? ›

Delegated password reset permission
  1. Beginning the Delegation of Control Wizard. ...
  2. The Delegation of Control Wizard begins. ...
  3. Select the user or group you want to delegate permissions. ...
  4. Select the permissions to delegate. ...
  5. Complete the delegation of permissions wizard.
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What features can be written back from Azure AD with AAD Connect? ›

Microsoft 365 groups (assigned & dynamic) can be written back not only as Distribution list but also as security groups or mail-enabled security groups. Azure AD security groups (assigned & dynamic) can be written back as a security group.

What is writeback feature? ›

Write back is a storage method in which data is written into the cache every time a change occurs, but is written into the corresponding location in main memory only at specified intervals or under certain conditions.

What is writeback capability? ›

Write-back is the ability to update source systems, such as databases, to maintain systems of record while staying within the context of a BI application. This is essential to the concept of embedded BI.

What are the three types of ad groups? ›

There are three group scopes in active directory: universal, global, and domain local.

What is the difference between role and group in Active Directory? ›

A group is a collection of users with a given set of permissions assigned to the group (and transitively, to the users). A role is a collection of permissions, and a user effectively inherits those permissions when he acts under that role. Typically your group membership remains during the duration of your login.

What is the difference between groups and distribution lists? ›

Microsoft 365 Groups are used for collaboration between users, both inside and outside your company. They include collaboration services such as SharePoint and Planner. Distribution groups are used for sending email notifications to a group of people.

What is the biggest problem with working in groups? ›

Social loafing lowers group productivity. Conflict within groups can erode morale and cause members to withdraw. It can be subtle or pronounced, and can (but isn't always) the cause and result of free riding. Conflict – if not effectively addressed – can leave group members with a deeply jaundiced view of teams.

What are the limitations of a group? ›

Weaknesses of Working in Groups
  • Group decision-making can take a long time. ...
  • Groups can be vulnerable to errors of decision-making, such as 'groupthink'. ...
  • Existing relationships within a group can damage development of wider group cohesion. ...
  • It takes time to develop full understanding of roles and responsibilities.

What is weakness of a group? ›

A team weakness is a dysfunction or shortfall of a team. This can be related to leadership, culture, processes, training, environments and politics. It is common to identify team weaknesses as part of a swot analysis or similar exercise.

What is a soft match? ›

Soft Match (Third Party In-Kind):

This category captures volunteer or other third party time to count towards your organizations match.

What does soft match mean? ›

• In-kind match, also known as a. soft match, derives from the monetary value of non-cash contributions that support project work, typically in the form of personnel, goods, and services, including direct and indirect costs. Examples include volunteer hours, equipment, or furniture donations.

Can Azure AD sync back to on premise? ›

If you configure write-back, changes from Azure AD are synchronized back to the on-premises AD DS environment. For example, if a user changes their password using Azure AD self-service password management, the password is updated back in the on-premises AD DS environment.

What is the matching technique? ›

Matching is a statistical technique which is used to evaluate the effect of a treatment by comparing the treated and the non-treated units in an observational study or quasi-experiment (i.e. when the treatment is not randomly assigned).

How does matching work on match? ›

Match works by matching you with other users based on the information you provide in your profile. The service will give you new, personalized matches every day, and you can use the search tools to find people you're interested in. After finding someone who interests you, you can send a message and get to know them.

How do I sync my ad users to Azure AD? ›

To open Synchronization Service Manager, go to Start menu and type Synchronization Service. It should appear under the Azure AD Connect. In the Synchronization Service Manager console, under Operations tab, you can monitor the synchronization progress.

What license do you require to enable password writeback in Azure AD Connect you must minimize costs? ›

Password Writeback License Requirements

Because to use the feature you will need to have at least Azure AD Premium P1 plan in your Microsoft 365 license.

How do I add a group claim in Azure AD? ›

Add group claims to tokens for SAML applications using SSO configuration
  1. Open Enterprise Applications, select the application in the list, select Single Sign On configuration, and then select User Attributes & Claims.
  2. Select Add a group claim.
  3. Use the options to select which groups should be included in the token.
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What is target writeback type? ›

The Target writeback type column allows you to specify to which group type you want this cloud group written back in your on-premises Active Directory. For an Azure AD Microsoft 365 group, you can write it back as a security group, a distribution group, or a mail-enabled security group.

What license is required to use Azure AD Connect? ›

If you need more than 500,000 objects, you need a license, such as Microsoft 365, Azure AD Premium, or Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Does Azure AD Connect require a license? ›

No licensing is needed to install AAD Connect and get all your AD users and groups syncing with AAD. If you include other connectors there is still no licensing required. But if you want to write anything back to AD from Azure AD that requires AAD Premium licensing.

What license is required for Azure AD join? ›

The licensing you select actually depends on the Windows version on the device, if it comes with Windows Professional a simple Microsoft 365 F1 (1.8€) will work as it updates a Professional to an Enterprise, on the other hand if you have a device with Windows Home you'll need Microsoft 365 F3 (6€) license.

What is user writeback? ›

User Write-back. As the name implies, the user write-back feature will synchronize user accounts from Azure Active Directory back into the on-premises environment. In this version of the feature, only accounts that have been created in Azure AD/Office 365 are synchronized back into the on-premises Active Directory.

How long does password writeback take to work? ›

Password writeback is instant. It is a synchronous pipeline that works fundamentally differently than password hash synchronization. Password writeback allows users to get real-time feedback about the success of their password reset or change operation.

What are the three primary components of Azure Active Directory ad connect? ›

Azure Active Directory Connect is made up of three primary components: the synchronization services, the optional Active Directory Federation Services component, and the monitoring component named Azure AD Connect Health.

How do I assign an application to a group in Azure? ›

In the Azure Active Directory Admin Center, select Enterprise applications, and then search for and select the application to which you want to assign the user or group account. In the left pane, select Users and groups, and then select Add user/group.

What is group claim in Azure AD? ›

Group Claims automatically add the user to a group or remove the user from group memberships when the group claim in the SAML token contains a matching group in NetDocuments. Administrators only need to update group memberships in one place.

How do I create a dynamic group in aad? ›

Sign in to the Azure AD admin center with an account that is in the Global administrator, Intune administrator, or User administrator role in the Azure AD organization. Search for and select Groups. Select All groups, and select New group. On the Group page, enter a name and description for the new group.

What is password writeback in Azure? ›

Password writeback allows password changes in the cloud to be written back to an on-premises directory in real time by using either Azure AD Connect or Azure AD Connect cloud sync.

What is writeback in SQL? ›

Write-back enables end users to change and update the values in the data warehouse directly from the Power BI report. In addition, write-back helps BI professionals to have a rich user experience in deploying solutions for planning, budgeting, forecasting, and adding comments.

What is target address attribute? ›

In co-existence scenarios, the targetAddress attribute is leveraged to accomplish routing to different Exchange organizations by specifying the “final destination” e-mail address. The e-mail domain part of this address can be a non-accepted domain (i.e. other organization).

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