Azure AD Connect – Getting stopped-server-down error when importing from Azure AD

Just had a weird issue with Azure AD Connect (the directory synchronization tool from Microsoft to sync from your Active Directory to Azure Active Directory) where we were getting the error “stopped-server-down” during the Delta Import step from Azure Active Directory during a synchronization.

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Everything else was working perfectly fine (password sync, password write-back, sync from Active Directory to Azure AD [accounts were created or deleted accordingly…]) but nothing was synching back from Azure AD.

Looking at the Application Windows event log,we found the following events:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Directory Synchronization
Date:          4/1/2020 10:32:40 AM
Event ID:      906
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      <removed>
Description:
The maximum number of service redirection attempts has been exceeded. 09f21d70-9db9-48b7-a5a7-6c7318fe1a9c

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Directory Synchronization
Date:          4/1/2020 10:32:40 AM
Event ID:      109
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      <removed>
Description:
Failure while prefetching import data. More details at: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=869679. Exception message: Unexpected exception thrown. Action: ImportV1, Exception: The Windows Azure Active Directory service is temporarily unavailable. Tracking ID: 09f21d70-9db9-48b7-a5a7-6c7318fe1a9c..

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Directory Synchronization
Date:          4/1/2020 10:32:40 AM
Event ID:      109
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      <removed>
Description:
Failure while importing entries from Windows Azure Active Directory. More details at: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=869679. Exception message: Unexpected exception thrown. Action: ImportV1, Exception: The Windows Azure Active Directory service is temporarily unavailable. Tracking ID: 09f21d70-9db9-48b7-a5a7-6c7318fe1a9c..

After looking up at the health status for Azure Active Directory, checking on different other environment, nothing seems to show there was a general issue. So this was definitively linked with the customer environment/tenant.

After dealing with Microsoft Support, we did not identified anything either within the on-premises or cloud environment, including Azure AD back-end.

We ran the Troubleshoot tool from Azure AD Connect as well as a script (https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Azure-AD-Connect-Network-150c20a3) (which by the way is still using the ‘old’ MSOnline PowerShell module so you may have some error reported because of that) to check if there was any connectivity issues; and as a result there was no connectivity issue.

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We ended to run a full synchronization using the command

Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial

And guess what? It solved the issue.

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