Quickstart: Create a group with members and view all groups and members in Azure Active Directory

You can view your organization's existing groups and group members using the Azure portal. Groups are used to manage users that all need the same access and permissions for potentially restricted apps and services.

In this quickstart, you’ll set up a new group and assign members to the group. Then you'll view your organization's group and assigned members. Throughout this guide, you'll create a user and group that you can use in other Azure AD Fundamentals quickstarts and tutorials.

If you don’t have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, you’ll need to:

Sign in to the Azure portal

You must sign in to the Azure portal using a Global administrator account for the directory.

Create a new group

Create a new group, named MDM policy - West. For more information about creating a group, see How to create a basic group and add members.

  1. Go to Azure Active Directory > Groups.

  2. Select New group.

  3. Complete the Group page:

    • Group type: Select Security

    • Group name: Type MDM policy - West

    • Membership type: Select Assigned.

  4. Select Create.

Create a new user

A user must exist before being added as a group member, so you'll need to create a new user. For this quickstart, we've added a user named Alain Charon. Check the "Custom domain names" tab first to get the verified domain name in which to create users. For more information about creating a user, see How to add or delete users.

  1. Go to Azure Active Directory > Users.

  2. Select New user.

  3. Complete the User page:

    • Name: Type Alain Charon.

    • User name: Type alain@contoso.com.

  4. Copy the auto-generated password provided in the Password box and select Create.

Add a group member

Now that you have a group and a user, you can add Alain Charon as a member to the MDM policy - West group. For more information about adding group members, see the Manage groups article.

  1. Go to Azure Active Directory > Groups.

  2. From the Groups - All groups page, search for and select the MDM policy - West group.

  3. From the MDM policy - West Overview page, select Members from the Manage area.

  4. Select Add members, and then search and select Alain Charon.

  5. Choose Select.

View all groups

You can see all the groups for your organization in the Groups - All groups page of the Azure portal.

  • Go to Azure Active Directory > Groups.

    The Groups - All groups page appears, showing all your active groups.

    Screenshot of the 'Groups-All groups' page, showing all existing groups.

Search for a group

Search the Groups – All groups page to find the MDM policy – West group.

  1. From the Groups - All groups page, type MDM into the Search box.

    The search results appear under the Search box, including the MDM policy - West group.

    Screenshot of the 'Groups' search page showing matching search results.

  2. Select the group MDM policy – West.

  3. View the group info on the MDM policy - West Overview page, including the number of members of that group.

    Screenshot of MDM policy – West Overview page with member info.

View group members

Now that you’ve found the group, you can view all the assigned members.

Select Members from the Manage area, and then review the complete list of member names assigned to that specific group, including Alain Charon.

Screenshot of the list of members assigned to the MDM policy – West group.

Clean up resources

The group you just created is used in other articles in the Azure AD Fundamentals documentation. If you'd rather not use this group, you can delete it and its assigned members using the following steps:

  1. On the Groups - All groups page, search for the MDM policy - West group.

  2. Select the MDM policy - West group.

    The MDM policy - West Overview page appears.

  3. Select Delete.

    The group and its associated members are deleted.

    Screenshot of the MDM policy – West Overview page with Delete link highlighted.

    Important

    This doesn't delete the user Alain Charon, just his membership in the deleted group.

Next steps

Advance to the next article to learn how to associate a subscription to your Azure AD directory.