Start a Manual Sync Between Azure AD Intune and Windows 10 Joined computer

Joining a computer to Azure Active Directory is great and can be effective when there is no Local Active Directory Domain for computer management.

In this blog post, I will show you how to manually start a Azure Active Directory sync to a joined Azure AD computer.

Default Azure ad update

By default, a joined Azure AD machine will check for a policy update every 24 hours and If you created a new policy you need to push urgently to a machine you will have to use a manual sync from the machine.

Below you can see each platform and update time.

  • iOS – 6 Hours
  • Windows Phone – 8 Hours
  • Windows Computer – 24 Hours
  • Android – 8 Hours
Start a Manual Sync

In the steps below, I will show you how I start a manual sync on my Windows 10 1803 machine by going to settings -> Accounts

Click on Access work or school

Click on the connect Azure Active Directory domain and click on Info

Under Device, sync status click on Sync

Once done, Sync will start and will take a few minutes to complete.

About Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory, is Microsoft’s cloud-based Active Directory and identity management service that combines Directory Services, Application access management and identity protection.

Azure AD comes in a few editions with the most basic one as free, to enjoy the high end features you will need to use the paid premium edition that offers Self-service password reset, unlimited SSO apps connection and many more options.

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