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Office 365 Provisioning without Dirsync

Save Time and Expense by Eliminating the Need for DirSync

Centrify provides a drop-in alternative for DirSync with Office 365.  With ‘no extras required’ Centrify synchronizes Active Directory users to Office 365 and delivers features that are not supported in DirSync including provisioning of Office 365 licenses based on the user roles, realtime sync as user or group objects change, selective sync of users or groups, the ability to preview changes before syncing, support for internal that don’t match external domains and out of the box support for multiple domains and cross-forest trusts.

DirSync requires specialized knowledge and may require significant investments if a full FIM implementation is required, as is often the case.  Centrify for Office 365 delivers direct, seamless integration with Active Directory in minutes without the additional time and expense to install and configure new infrastructure.

The table below shows how Centrify addresses DirSync challenges that typically stall Office 365 deployments due to added complexity and expense.

ChallengesWith DirSyncWith Centrify
Additional infrastructure Separate server for DirSync or many servers for FIM and possibly SQL Server, SCCM, Sharepoint, Windows clusters or more None
Manual license management Each user account must manually be touched Automatic license management based on user roles
Multi-forest support Custom FIM implementation Built-in to proxy service
Control over user sync Nightly or manual batch sync for all users Nightly, manual, selective users/groups, real-time AD changes, preview of sync and sync report
Map internal with different external domains Not supported Out of the box support
Time to implement Days to weeks for DirSync; weeks to months for FIM Less than an hour

If you’re contemplating using DirSync, you’ll find that in addition to a more robust and complete Office 365 account and license management, Centrify also includes secure SSO via a user portal, DirSync replacement, mobile management, access policy and multifactor authentication (MFA).

Centrify's solution for Office 365 has passed Microsoft's rigorous "Works with Office 365" validation process, ensuring that you are supported and that Microsoft and Centrify have agreed to work together to resolve any identity or access related issues that might occur.