Skip to main content

The Synchronization Service Manager shows the stopped-server-down error. It’s not synchronizing anymore between on-premises Active Directory and Microsoft Entra ID. So what is happening? In this article, you will learn how to fix Microsoft Entra Connect Sync stopped-server-down error.

Stopped-server-down error

Let’s look at what’s happening.

Sign in on the  Microsoft Entra Connect Sync server and start the Synchronization Service application.

You will see the status error: stopped-server-down.

How to fix Microsoft Entra Connect Sync stopped-server-down error before

Why is this happening, and how do you fix the error?

How to fix stopped-server-down error

The stopped-server-down error appears when the on-premises directory synchronization is disabled in Microsoft Entra ID. Once it’s disabled, it will not synchronize anymore, and you will see that error.

To fix the error stopped-server-down, follow these steps:

Step 1. Install Microsoft Graph PowerShell module

Start Windows PowerShell as administrator and  Install Microsoft Graph PowerShell module .

Install-Module Microsoft.Graph -Force
Install-Module Microsoft.Graph.Beta -AllowClobber -Force

Important: Always install the Microsoft Graph PowerShell and Microsoft Graph Beta PowerShell modules. That’s because some cmdlets are not yet available in the final version, and they will not work. Update both modules to the latest version before you run a cmdlet or script to prevent errors and incorrect results.

Step 2. Connect to Microsoft Graph PowerShell

It’s essential to  Connect to Microsoft Graph PowerShell with the correct permissions.

Connect-MgGraph -Scopes "Organization.ReadWrite.All"

Step 3. Enable on-premises directory synchronization

Turn on directory synchronization and convert your cloud-only users back to on-premises users. Run the Update-MgBetaOrganization cmdlet to enable the synchronization.

Note: It will only convert the cloud-only users to on-premises users who were on-premises users before. If you created cloud users before, they will stay as cloud users.

$OrgID = (Get-MgOrganization).Id

$params = @{
    onPremisesSyncEnabled = $true
}

Update-MgBetaOrganization -OrganizationId $OrgID -BodyParameter $params

Note: It may take up to 72 hours to complete activation once you have enabled on-premises directory synchronization through this cmdlet. The time depends on the number of objects that are in your cloud service subscription account.

Step 4. Verify on-premises synchronization status

Check that on-premises directory synchronization is enabled in Microsoft Entra ID.

Get-MgOrganization | Select-Object DisplayName, OnPremisesSyncEnabled

The OnPremisesSyncedEnabled property should appear as the True value.

DisplayName OnPremisesSyncEnabled
----------- ---------------------
EXOIP                        True

Return to the Microsoft Entra Connect Sync server and verify the status in the Synchronization Service Manager. The status appears as success.

How to fix Microsoft Entra Connect Sync stopped-server-down error after

There is no more stopped-server-down error message, and everything is syncing between on-premises Active Directory and Microsoft Entra ID like it used to be.

Leave a Reply