In this post I will show you how to enable and configure password writeback in your Azure AD hybrid environment. By enabling password writeback feature you can synchronize password changes in Azure Active Directory back to your on-premises Active Directory environment.
To enable password writeback feature, we use Azure AD Connect tool to that provides secure mechanism to send password changes back to an existing on-premises directory from Azure AD. To know how the password writeback feature works, read this article.
Most of all ensure you always have the latest version of Azure AD Connect running. That’s an important point because the password writeback feature will stop working for Azure AD Connect versions 1.0.8641.0 and older than that.
So what happens when a user resets the password and what about password complexity ?. When a user resets the password, it is checked to ensure it meets your on-premises Active Directory policy before committing it to that directory. That includes the complexity, age, password filters that has been defined in local Active Directory.
If you haven’t enabled password writeback in Azure AD, you will see something similar shown in the below screenshot. When you click password reset – On-premises integration, it shows On-premises integration has not been enabled yet.
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To use password writeback, you must have one of the following licenses assigned on your tenant.
First of all to configure password writeback, sign in to your Azure AD Connect server. Start the Azure AD Connect configuration wizard. On the Welcome page, select Configure.
Next on the Additional tasks page, select Customize synchronization options.
The Configuration is complete. You also see the message Azure AD connect configuration succeeded. The synchronization process has been initiated.
In the above steps you enabled the password writeback in Azure AD. In the next step we will enable password writeback option in SSPR.