Azure Active Directory Labs Series - Creating a tenant

clinic-doctor-health-hospitalBack in June I had the pleasure of delivering a training on Azure Active Directory to two customer crowds.  I say pleasure because not only do I love to share knowledge but also, the preparation of the training forces me to go deep on some aspects of what I’m going to teach.

In that training there were 8 labs and I thought it would be great to share them to the more general public, here they are.  This is the first of the series.

The labs follow each other and build on each other.  For instance, in the current lab we create users that will be useful in future labs.

UPDATE (30-08-2016):  All labs will be available from the Cloud Identity / Azure Active Directory page.

Lab objectives

Create a new Azure Active Directory tenant and populates it with a few users and groups.

Creating an AAD tenant

  1. Go to the legacy portal @
  2. Scroll down the left menu to the bottom and select Active Directory clip_image002
  3. You should see the following screen clip_image004
  4. At the bottom left, click the +NEW clip_image006
  5. Select Directory clip_image008
  6. Select Custom Create clip_image010
  7. You should have the follow web pop up clip_image012
    1. Under Name, type a display name for the directory
    2. Under Domain Name, enter a unique name
      1. The domain name doesn’t need to be the same as the display name, but of course it does help for management purposes when they are
      2. The domain name needs to be unique throughout all Azure Active Directories of all customers since it is used in a DNS resolution
      3. The domain name can only contain letters and numbers
    3. Under country or region, select your country (e.g. Canada)
    4. Do not select B2C feature
  8. Your newly created directory should appear in the list as follow (vpl-2 in the example) clip_image014

Creating users

  1. Select the tenant you just created & enter it clip_image016
  2. In the top menu, select users clip_image018
  3. You should already be a user of the tenant: your name should appear in the user list
  4. At the bottom of the screen, click Add User clip_image020
  5. In the dialog box, leave “New user in your organization” & type “ballen” as the user name clip_image022
  6. Click for the next screen then for the first name type “Barry”, last name “Allen”, full name “Barry Allen”, leave the role as user and do not select multi-factor clip_image024
  7. You should get to this screen ; click create clip_image026
  8. Copy the password somewhere: you’ll need it to log in in a later lab
  9. Repeat the same steps for 2 more users (keep the passwords too):
    1. ascott, Alan Scott
    2. hquinn, Harley Quinn

Creating groups

  1. In the top menu, select groups clip_image028
  2. There should be no group in your tenant
  3. At the bottom of the screen, click Add Group clip_image030
  4. In the dialog box, enter SuperHeroes for Name and leave the group type as Security ; you can leave Description blank clip_image032
  5. Create another group named SuperVillains

Assign users to groups

  1. Select the SuperHeroes group & enter it clip_image034
  2. Select Add Members clip_image036
  3. For Alan Scott, select the plus sign clip_image038
  4. Do the same for Barry Allen
  5. You should have both users in the Selected column clip_image040
  6. Accept the selection by clicking the check box at the bottom right of the dialog box
  7. Click the back button to go back the group list clip_image042
  8. Repeat the same sequence of steps, selecting the SuperVillains group and adding Harley Quinn as a member

Post Lab

You can enter inside your directory and explore each menu in the portal.


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