How to Disable and Enable AAD Connect Password Writeback using PowerShell

Disabling AAD Connect Password Writeback is easy in both the GUI and Windows PowerShell. In a recent case I found myself troubleshooting AAD Connect where it was in a very broken state that meant the GUI was unavailable due to a pending upgrade:

As part of my troubleshooting, I determined that Password Writeback needed to be disabled. Unfortunately, the dialogue shown above is blocking, which means I was unable to switch it off using the regular GUI. In comes PowerShell:

Disable Password Sync

To disable AAD Connect Password Writeback using Windows PowerShell, run the following commands from a shell as administrator on your AAD Connect server:

Enable Password Sync

To enable AAD Connect Password Writeback using Windows Powershell, run the following commands from a shell as administrator on your AAD Connect server:

Written on February 1, 2017