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    Now Available: The New Azure AD Admin Console

    Microsoft just announced last week that the Azure Active Directory Admin Console (in the new portal) is now GA.

    Introducing the Azure AD Admin Console

    Last September, Microsoft kicked off the public preview of the new Azure AD Admin console at http://portal.azure.com and since over 750k admins from 500k organizations have tried it out.

    This has been a huge effort across Micorosoft’s  entire Identity Division and are looking forward to having you use it.

    Give it a try at http://aad.portal.azure.com

    As Microsoft migrated the admin console to the new Azure portal, they began by listening to you, the customers. You told them that you wanted a better view into your organization. To easily understand what kind of activity was occurring. To be able to quickly figure out what information was available. To understand who had access to what and to understand how and when users were granted access.

    Based on that feedback, Microsoft designed the new experience to:

    • Be simple and optimized for getting work done.
    • Provide insight to help you make the right decisions.
    • Give you easy access to information.
    • Give you information you didn’t previously have.
    • Enable you to dig into all the nitty gritty details


    Know Your Organization

    The new experience begins with the brand-new landing page and dashboard. This scoped version of the Azure portal is new for our GA release and is available at http://aad.portal.azure.com. Here Microsoft focuses purely on directory functionality and provide access to all Azure Active Directory features.

    From this dashboard, you can get an overview of the state of your organization, and easily dive into managing the directory, users, or application access.

    Azure AD Admin Console

    Understand access

    Understanding what a user has access to, and when and how that access was granted, is essential for managing and securing your organization. A key part of the experience is the holistic view of access that we provide, pivoted on a user. From this view you can see the groups that user is a member of, what role they have, what licenses have been assigned, and their Azure resources.

    New in this GA release is the view of what applications a user has access to, either assigned or consented. This is a ground-breaking new view of directory information, and we will dig into it further in a future blog post.

    Story of your organization

    Look at the fresh approach to reporting on activity. Rather than providing a number of fixed reports, we now provide audit and sign-in activity as streams of data with rich filtering and search capabilities. You can see the activity for the whole organization, or dive into a single user, group, or application, and then slice and dice the information in whatever way is most useful for you.

    View all activity for your organization or a single user, group, or application.

    These activity reports are also available via API, so they can easily be pulled into things like your existing SIEM tool. Microsoft even have a PowerBI content pack ready to go. Find out more about their reporting capabilities.

    Integration with other services

    One of the most exciting things about moving to the new Azure portal is the opportunity to integrate with the other services you use. While they have a scoped directory experience, the full functionality continues to be available at http://portal.azure.com, so you can make the most of it while working with other Azure services such as Microsoft Intune and our Enterprise Mobility + Security conditional access experience.

    The new portal does not require an Azure subscription, which streamlines access, especially for Office 365 admins, whose lives will be made easier with our new group-based licensing functionality.

    For more information on the new Azure AD Admin console please email info@messageops.com  or visit www.messageops.com

    Ready to get started? Contact us today to learn more.