Run an administrator role group report in EOP


Applies to: Exchange Online Protection

Topic Last Modified: 2013-04-17

When an administrator adds members to or removes members from administrator role groups, Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) logs each occurrence. When you run an administrator role group report in the Exchange admin center, entries are displayed as search results and include the role groups affected, who changed the role group membership and when, and what membership updates were made. Use this report to monitor changes to the administrative permissions assigned to users in your organization.

  • Estimated time to complete: 2 minutes

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Run the administrator role group report to find the changes to management role groups in your organization within a particular timeframe.

  1. In the EAC, navigate to Compliance management > Auditing, and choose Run an administrator role group report.

  2. Choose the Start date and End date. By default, the report searches for changes made to administrator role groups in the past two weeks.

  3. To view the changes for a specific role group, click Select role groups. Select the role group (or groups) in the subsequent dialog box, and click OK. You can also leave the field blank to find all changed role groups.

  4. Click Search.

If any changes are found using the criteria you specified, they will appear in the results pane. Click a role group in the search results to see the changes in the details pane.

If you’ve successfully run an administrator role group report, role groups that have been changed within the date range are displayed in the search results pane. If there are no results, then no changes to role groups have taken place within the specified date range. If you think there should be results, change the date range and then run the report again.

When members are added to or removed from a role group, the search results displayed in the details pane indicate that the role group membership was updated and lists the current members. The results don't explicitly state which user was added or removed.

To determine if a user was added or removed, you have to compare two separate entries in the report. For example, let's look at the following log entries for the HelpDesk role group:

1/27/2013 4:43 PM


Updated members: Administrator;annb,florencef;pilarp


2/06/2013 10:09 AM


Updated members: Administrator;annb;florencef;pilarp;tonip


2/19/2013 2:12 PM


Updated members: Administrator;annb;florencef;tonip


In this example, the Administrator user account made the following changes:

  • On 2/06/2013, it added the user tonip.

  • On 2/19/2013, it removed the user pilarp.