I recently did a domain upgrade for our office to Windows Server 2012 r2. Upon seeing the new Windows Server Essentials Experience and its ability to perform a directory sync with Office 365, I installed the optional server components to enable this feature and everything was working fine. Upon adding a secondary domain controller to the domain, I started getting the following error:

Action needed for Microsoft Azure Active Directory password synchronization

Occurrences SERVER 1/6/2015 3:58 PM Details The current configuration of Microsoft Azure Active Directory password synchronization does not support multiple domain controllers. A configuration update is needed to support multiple domain controllers.

Resolution Open Windows Powershell with administrative privilege, and run the cmdlet Update-WssMsoPasswordSynchronzation.

Upon opening PowerShell (as admin) to run the above command, I find that the commandlet does not exist. Looking more into it I managed to find only a single post of someone else with the same problem but no real solution...


Its like the directory sync through the Windows Server Essentials Experience is a version of DirSync but with far less control than the full version. I am not sure how to fix the problem if I cannot run full DirSync commands.

Both domain controllers are running Windows Server 2012 r2 Standard.


This has been a known issue for the Windows Server Essentials product line.

There is a bug fix for the issue.

KB Article Describing the issue with a link to the rollup package

Server Essentials Blog Acknowledging the issue

  • Glad it applied. Best of luck to you. – Citizen Feb 9 '15 at 20:18

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