Office 365 – Change to manually force a directory synchronization

With the latest version of the Windows Azure Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) – version 1.0.6862.0000, available from, there has been a change in the way to manually start a directory synchronization with your Office 365 tenant.

Previously, you had to launch the DirSyncConfigShell.psc1 and then run Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync.

Now, you have to open a PowerShell command prompt and import the module (Import-Module DirSync) before running the command Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync


NOTE don’t forget to run the PowerShell window with the Run As Administrator, either you will get an error message WARNING: Event logging may fail. The current user () is not a member of the Local Administrators group on this computer.


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