Azure AD – You can now perform bulk actions on users and groups from the portal (preview)

You may already have quite few scripts at your disposal to perform bulk actions on cloud user accounts and/or groups on Azure Active Directory (AAD).

Well, maintaining (or using) these scripts is no longer a requirement as the Azure AD portal has been updated to allow you bulk actions on user accounts/groups.

Bulk actions are limited to up to 50 000 items.

Bulk Actions on user accounts

The following bulk activities are available on users:

  • Bulk create
  • Bulk invite (for guest access)
  • Bulk delete

To p perform bulk actions, logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) or Azure AD portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) and reach out the Azure Active Directory\Users blade

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From there now have the various option for bulk activities

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To start you will need to download a CSV file template which contains the attribute and sample values for the action you want to execute

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A different template is provided for each bulk activity (create, invite or delete).

You can follow the progress of the bulk activities by accessing the Bulk operation results blade

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Bulk actions on groups

To p perform bulk actions, logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) or Azure AD portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) and reach out the Azure Active Directory\Groups blade

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Then access cloud based group you want to edit the members and reach the Members blade to update the membership by importing or removing members; you can also download the current list of members

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Same as for bulk user actions, a CSV file template is provided to help you filling the correct information.

You can follow the progress of the bulk activities by accessing the Bulk operation results blade

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Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies

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