Azure, Office 365 and on premise Active directory sync

Hi All,

Hopefully an easy question.

We have a populated Office 365 enterprise tenant and a brand new internal domain that is going to be put in production shortly.

The outgoing network has a very messy AD which is why we are going fresh rather migrating.

My question is, with Windows Azure can I populate my new Active Directory by syncing from Office 365?

Many thanks
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
What you can do is spin one DC in Azure, promote it as a DC for your domain, wait for AD replication and then if you want to, remove the on-prem DCs. It is a supported scenario and you can find a lot more information here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn509539.aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj156090.aspx
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PurpleJellyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, will take a read and feedback.

Appreciate your input!
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
vasilcho's recommendation does not apply to Windows Azure Active Directory which is a cloud-based AD, and has nothing at all to do with deploying cloud servers on Windows Azure.

And to answer PurpleJelly's question, yes, you most definitely CAN sync down to your on-prem AD using Directory Sync:  http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj573653

Jeff
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PurpleJellyAuthor Commented:
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the comment.

From that link, none of the options (as far as I can tell) indicate that all user accounts on the Office 365 tenant can be synchronised to the local on premise Active Directory. It only shows that I can sync from AD to Office 365.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, you are right.  I have been working a lot lately with Server 2012 Essentials which does a 2-way sync.  

There are ways to get existing Office365 users into your AD though.  This blog post shows one of them:  http://blogs.4ward.it/how-to-map-onprem-active-directory-users-to-existing-office365-users/

How many users do you have overall?

Jeff
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