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Assign access for a group to a SaaS application in Azure AD

Updated: February 10, 2015

Applies To: Azure

  • Assigning access for a group to a SaaS application is only available when you enable Azure Active Directory Editions.

  • 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.

With Azure AD Premium you can use groups to assign access to a SaaS application that's integrated with Azure AD. For example, if you want to assign access for the marketing department to use five different SaaS applications, you can create a group that contains the users in the marketing department, and then assign that group to these five SaaS applications that are needed by the marketing department. This way you can save time by managing the membership of the marketing department in one place. Users then are assigned to the application when they are added as members of the marketing group, and have their assignments removed from the application when they are removed from the marketing group.

This capability can be used with hundreds of applications that you can add from within the Azure AD Application Gallery.

  1. Open a browser of your choice and go to the Azure Management Portal. In the Azure Management Portal, find the Active Directory extension on the navigation bar on the left hand side. Under the Directory tab, click the directory in which you want to assign access for a group to a Saas application.

  2. Click the Applications tab for your directory. Click on an application that you added from the Application Gallery, then click on the Users and Groups tab.

    You will only see the Users and Groups tab once you have enabled Azure AD Premium.

  3. On the Users and Groups tab, in the Starting with field, enter the name of the group to which you want to assign access, and click the check mark in the upper right. You only need to type the first part of the group's name. Then, click on the group to highlight it, then click on the Assign Access button and click Yes when you see the confirmation message. 

  4. You can also see which users are assigned to the application, either directly or by membership in a group. To do this, change the Show dropdown from 'Groups' to 'All Users'. The list shows users in the directory and whether or not each user is assigned to the application. The list also shows whether the assigned users are assigned to the application directly (assignment type shown as 'Direct'), or by virtue of group membership (assignment type shown as 'Inherited.') 

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