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Password Management in Azure AD

Published: November 21, 2013

Updated: February 10, 2015

Applies To: Azure

ImportantImportant
  • Self-service password reset for end users is only available when you enable Azure AD Premium or Basic. For more information, see Azure Active Directory Editions.

  • Management of on-premises passwords from the cloud is only available when you enable Azure AD Premium. For more information, see Getting started with Azure AD Premium.

  • Azure AD Premium is available for Chinese customers using the world wide instance of Azure AD. Azure AD Premium is not currently supported in the Windows Azure service operated by 21Vianet in China. For more information, contact us at the Azure Active Directory Forum.

Azure Active Directory (AAD) supports a rich set of password management capabilities, including:

  • Self-service password reset for users

  • Self-service password change for users

  • Administrator-initiated password reset

  • Password management reports

  • Management of on-premises passwords from the cloud with Password Writeback

Self-service password reset for users allows end users or administrators in your organization to reset their passwords automatically without calling an administrator or helpdesk for support.

Self-service password change for users allows end users or administrators in your organization to change their expired or non-expired passwords without calling an administrator or helpdesk for support.

Administrator-initiated password reset allows an administrator to reset an end user’s or another administrator’s password from within the Azure Management Portal.

Password management activity reports give administrators insights into password reset and registration activity occurring in their organization.

Finally, with an AAD Premium license and the Password Writeback feature enabled, all of the above scenarios can be performed by, or on the behalf of, federated or password synchronized users.

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