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Microsoft® Lync® Server 2013 Unleashed Second Edition by Randy Wintle, Alex Lewis, David Ross, Tom Pacyk

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Cloud Identity + Directory Synchronization

Cloud identity + directory synchronization is similar to the cloud identity scenario already described, but is a more attractive option for organizations that maintain Active Directory on-premise. The directory synchronization features enable local AD user and group accounts to be synchronized to Lync Online/Office 365, allowing coexistence. However, the passwords are not synchronized between the local and cloud user accounts; therefore, users are still required to maintain two sets of credentials with this scenario, and no two-factor authentication options are available. Some smaller organizations that use AD might find that cloud identity + directory synchronization is a good fit due to the simplicity ...

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