Azure AD Connect Sync and Cloud Sync, What’s the Difference?

Many organizations use Azure AD Connect Sync to synchronize hybrid identities from Windows AD to Azure AD DS.  Microsoft recently announces a new service, Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync, that also synchronizes Windows AD identities to Azure AD.  In this video, we go over how they are similar, features that are different, and when to use one or the other.

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Travis Roberts is a Cloud Infrastructure Architect at RBA, an award-winning national digital and technology consultancy based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Travis has 20 years of IT experience in the legal, pharmaceutical and marketing industries, and has worked with IT hardware manufacturers and managed service providers. Travis has held numerous technical certifications over the span of his career from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix and Cisco.

Travis is active in the Microsoft Azure community in the Minneapolis area and online.  Travis is a board member of the Minneapolis Azure User Group.  He maintains a blog at, creates YouTube videos on multiple Azure cloud services, is a author for ACloud.Guru and gives presentations on Azure topics.  Travis also contributes content for the website

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Roberts, T. (2021). Azure AD Connect Sync and Cloud Sync, What’s the Difference? Available at: [Accessed@ 7th July 2021].

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