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Synchronize and authenticate users from your on-premises Active Directory to Yammer and Office 365

SharePoint 2013

Published: October 8, 2013

Summary: Add your on-premises Active Directory users to your Yammer network or Office 365 subscription. Let users log on quickly with a single sign-on.

Applies to:  Office 365 | SharePoint Server 2013 | Yammer 

Yammer Enterprise supports Active Directory synchronization to help you manage who has access to Yammer. This way, you can make sure that information within your company’s social network stays secure. Active Directory synchronization makes adding and removing users automatic in Yammer by syncing data with your company directory. This article discusses how to set up Active Directory synchronization with Yammer and Office 365. It also discusses how to use single sign-on for Yammer and Office 365.

Starting state: there are users in your on-premises Active Directory that aren’t in your public Yammer network.

Different sets of users in Yammer and Active Directory

After you sync, the users in Yammer will be updated to include all users in your on-premises environment. Existing Yammer network users who are not in Active Directory, such as partners who were invited as guests, will continue to be in the Yammer network. Note that Directory Sync for Yammer only creates user accounts. It does not synchronize passwords from those accounts. Yammer uses email accounts to identify users in its network.

Active Directory users now in Yammer network

If you have Office 365, you can also sync users from Active Directory to Office 365 to keep all of your networks up to date. Use separate synchronization processes to sync users to each environment.

Two sync processes for Yammer and Office 365

How to configure directory synchronization

Configuring environments and synchronizing users is complex. You’ll need a separate server to do the synchronization work from Active Directory to each environment (Yammer and Office 365). The synchronization servers should not be a domain controller or any other server that runs extremely important software, such as your email server or DNS host, because performance will slow during the synchronization. Directory synchronization is ongoing. The one-time full synchronization that you perform is followed by incremental synchronizations that happen automatically every hour by default.

The following table provides links to other articles and resources to help you with the process of synchronizing.

To configure directory synchronization for: Follow the steps in these articles:

Yammer

Admin Corner: Directory Sync in the Yammer Success Center

Office 365

Office 365 DirSync Content Map

Also see the FAQ – Directory Synchronization tool.

If you run into trouble, you can post a message in the Directory integration services forum for Office 365.

How to add a single sign-on

You might also want to configure a single sign-on so that users can switch between your on-premises environment and Yammer or Office 365 without having to log on in more than one place. Again, there are several steps to follow to get the single sign-on working.

The following table provides links to other articles and resources to help you with the process of configuring single sign-on.

To configure single sign-on for: Follow the steps in these articles:

Yammer

Admin Corner: Single Sign-On in the Yammer Success Center

How to sign in to the Yammer Desktop Application or a Yammer mobile app when SSO is enabled

Office 365

Office 365 SSO Content Map

If you run into trouble, you can post a message in the Directory integration services forum for Office 365.

After you’ve completed the previous steps, your Active Directory users will be in your Yammer network and in Office 365. And they will be able to easily log on to Yammer and Office 365 from your on-premises environment.

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