If you wish to force a manual synchronisation from a remote computer, a remote command must be issued to the Dirsync Server.

We have created a script to aid this, but it needs basic modification before it will work in your environment.

Unsigned scripts must be enabled on the remote computer by running the powershell command ‘set-executionpolicy Unrestricted’.

Variables need to be set inside the script for the servername, user account to connect to the dirsync server, path to store the credential file and the credentials file name.

This script will do the following;

The powershell script is below:

$DirsyncServer = "dirsync-server.fqdn"  # FQDN of the Dirsync Server
$AdminName = "domain\username"  # User account with permissions to the server
$path = "C:\Dirsync credential\" # The Folder to store the credentials (with the trailing \)
$CredsFile = $path + "Dirsync-PowershellCreds.txt" # The file that will contain the securestring
#Check for Stored Credentials
if((Test-Path $path) -eq 0)
#First run: Create the path & enable PSRemoting
mkdir $path;
Enable-PSRemoting -Force
Set-Item WSMAN:\localhost\client\trustedhosts $DirsyncServer
Restart-Service WinRM
$FileExists = Test-Path $CredsFile
if  ($FileExists -eq $false) {
Write-Host 'Credential file not found. Enter your password:' -ForegroundColor Red
Read-Host -AsSecureString | ConvertFrom-SecureString | Out-File $CredsFile
$password = get-content $CredsFile | convertto-securestring
$Cred = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $AdminName,$password}
{Write-Host 'Using your stored credential file' -ForegroundColor Green
$password = get-content $CredsFile | convertto-securestring
$Cred = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $AdminName,$password}
# Initiate Remote Dirsync Command
Invoke-Command -credential $Cred -ComputerName $DirsyncServer -ScriptBlock {C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -psconsolefile "C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Active Directory Sync\DirSyncConfigShell.psc1" -command "Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync"}

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