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Azure Active Directory Synchronization


As users have more and more passwords to remember, and those passwords become harder and harder, AND these longer and harder passwords require changing sooner and sooner, many organizations are having us “Sync” their network passwords with their Office 365 or “email” passwords.

While this comes with a a little more risk, this works great to minimize bad password policies and provide a better user experience for end users.

When all is said and done, the email password will be the same as your network password!

For those on a domain (almost everyone) your computer / network / email / teams / office passwords become the same. Less passwords to remember and you spend less time locked out of your computer and/or network.

95% of the time when the synchronization happens, the network password becomes your new single password. If you find yourself unable to access email, teams, one drive, or workstation, try using the network password.

5% of the time your existing password isn’t strong enough (12 characters, uppercase, number, lowercase, special character, not containing any part of your name or email address, etc.) to sync with the rest of the platforms. This leaves you in a limbo of which password is the current password where. When this happens, we will reset your network password with one that is strong enough. Then everything syncs like it should.

For people who work remotely, something similar happens when your workstation has not checked into the domain for a long time. Once your workstation checks in, the network password overwrites your workstation password (even when you changed your workstation password yesterday).In this case, try logging into your workstation with your network password.

If all else fails, contact support for help!