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Directory Synchronization tool cannot be installed on a Small Business Server?

    Question

  • Here is a quote from MS Online Help for Directory Synchronization tool:

    "Prerequisites:

    The Directory Synchronization tool can be installed on computers that meet the following prerequisites:

    ·     Joined to a domain in the Active Directory forest that you plan to synchronize with Microsoft Online Services. Installation on Active Directory domain controllers is not supported."

    Does it really mean that if a user have just one SBS server (which is a domain controller) - he cannot use the tool and use MS Online coexistence/migration wizards?

    Monday, January 25, 2010 6:26 PM

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  • This is correct, you'll need to install it on another server that is a member of the same domain. It does not install, nor function on a domain controller.  The Migration Tools will work and I have installed them on domain controllers before, but the Directory Synchronization tool (separate installation package) will not.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Proposed as answer by Jeff SchertzMVP Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:46 PM
    • Marked as answer by NadiaSz Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:58 PM
    Monday, January 25, 2010 7:13 PM
  • Thank you Jeff
    • Marked as answer by NadiaSz Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:58 PM
    Sunday, January 31, 2010 5:35 AM

All replies

  • This is correct, you'll need to install it on another server that is a member of the same domain. It does not install, nor function on a domain controller.  The Migration Tools will work and I have installed them on domain controllers before, but the Directory Synchronization tool (separate installation package) will not.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    • Proposed as answer by Jeff SchertzMVP Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:46 PM
    • Marked as answer by NadiaSz Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:58 PM
    Monday, January 25, 2010 7:13 PM
  • Thank you Jeff
    • Marked as answer by NadiaSz Sunday, January 31, 2010 3:58 PM
    Sunday, January 31, 2010 5:35 AM
  • This is rediculous! What about when the customer doesn't have the appropriate licensing to enable them to setup another server, also the other limitation I have found for Small Business users is that if they are using SBS 2008 Standard, they can't use the DirSync tool either because the server is installed as a 64-bit OS due to the Exchange 2007 integration... Not great when MOS is targeted at SB customers, amoung the larger users.
    Tim Raines (MCP, MCTS) | Raines Internet Solutions | Microsoft Small Business Specialist
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:19 PM
  • I watched a video put out by the Microsoft Online Services development team that mentioned this scenario.  The moderator had a SBS 2003 box at his home and wanted to sync with Microsoft Online Services.  In order to do so, he created a virtual machine, installed server 2003, joined it to the domain as a member server, then ran the Directory Sync tool from there.  He said that while it was not officially supported, it worked.

    Jason Hillman, MCP

    Monday, May 03, 2010 9:32 PM