Configure Hybrid Azure AD Join using AAD Connect

Prajwal Desai
Posted by Prajwal Desai

This post covers the steps to configure Hybrid Azure AD join using Azure Active Directory Connect tool. When you setup hybrid azure AD join, with all the pre-requisites in place, your windows 10 devices will automatically register as devices in your Azure AD tenant.

The work “hybrid” here is a feature which allows you to use both the on-prem and Azure AD environment at the same time. The device will be visible in both your on-premises AD and in Azure AD. For more info on configuring hybrid Azure Active Directory join for managed domains, read this article.

From the Configuration Manager perspective, let’s say you have Windows 10 devices joined to on-premises Active Directory. Before you enable co-management in Configuration Manager, you must first join these devices to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This process is called hybrid Azure AD join.

Hybrid Azure AD Join Prerequisites

Before we set up the hybrid domain join, let me list some important prerequisites. For complete info on Hybrid Azure AD join info, read this article.

  • Hybrid Azure AD join supports a broad range of Windows devices. For clients you can use Windows 10 and the Server include Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. The older versions of Windows requires additional or different steps.
  • To setup a hybrid Azure AD join using Azure AD Connect, you need the credentials of a global administrator for your Azure AD tenant. The enterprise administrator credentials for each of the forests as well.
  • You must enable Hybrid option in Azure AD Connect. Without that the devices can’t find your Azure tenant for a join.

Configure Hybrid Azure AD Join via AAD Connect

Let’s get started with configuring hybrid domain join using Azure Active Directory (AAD) connect tool. First of all launch the Azure AD connect tool. On the Welcome page, click Configure.

set up hybrid azure ad join

On the Tasks page, click Configure Device Options. Click Next.

Configure Device Options AAD

Click Next on Overview section.

Azure Active Directory Connect

In this step enter the credentials to connect to Azure AD. Click Next.

Azure AD Connect

Under Device options, you see the following options.

  • Configure Hybrid Azure AD join
  • Configure device writeback
  • Disable device writeback

Select Configure Hybrid Azure AD join and click Next.

Configure Hybrid Domain Join via AAD Connect

On the Device Systems page, select the device operating systems used in your active directory environment. So here I will select Windows 10 or later domain-joined devices. Click Next.

Configure Hybrid Domain Join via AAD Connect

The Service Connection Point allows your domain devices to discover the Azure AD tenant info. Hence configuring this step correctly is important. On the SCP configuration page, under Authentication Service select Azure Active Directory. Click Edit button and specify Enterprise admin credentials.

As alternate way to configure SCP is to download the ConfigureSCP.ps1 powershell script. However use this script when you don’t have an enterprise admin creds.

Click Next.

Configure Hybrid Domain Join via AAD Connect

Finally we are ready to configure the hybrid azure ad join. Click Configure.

Configure Hybrid Domain Join via AAD Connect Snap8

After few seconds, you should see the Configuration Complete message. The task to configure Hybrid Azure Ad join completed successfully. Click Exit.

Hybrid Azure AD join

Check if Windows 10 Device is Azure AD Joined

In the above step, the Hybrid Azure AD join configuration was successful. Now it’s time to see if your Winodws 10 device is hybrid joined to Azure AD or not.

Using the below command to find out if the device is Azure AD joined or not.

dsregcmd /status

After running the above command, under Device State, check the AzureADJoined. Currently it shows NO.

The best part here is Windows 10 devices are hybrid joined automatically. You have to wait for at least 5-30 minutes or more to see the result.

In my case, it took around 25 minutes to see the results. You may reboot the Windows 10 device if you don’t see any change in the device status.

Hybrid Azure AD join

Run the dsregcmd /status again and now under the device state, the AzureADJoined shows YES.

Hybrid Azure AD join

Login to Azure portal and click Devices. Now notice that your Windows 10 device shows the Join type as Hybrid Azure AD Joined.

Check if Windows 10 Device is Azure AD Joined

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Prajwal Desai
Posted by Prajwal Desai
Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.