Controlling Azure sync via PowerShell, this is useful 🙂
This feature was introduced with build 22.214.171.124 (released February 2016).
To see your current configuration settings, go to PowerShell and run
It could be that you have an urgent change which must be synchronized immediately which is why you need to manually run a cycle. If you need to manually run a cycle, then from PowerShell run
Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta
To initiate a full sync cycle, run
Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Initial
from a PowerShell prompt. This will start a full sync cycle.
If this does not work here is a useful link with other options for older versions https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/rmilne/2014/10/01/how-to-run-manual-dirsync-azure-active-directory-sync-updates/