Automate employee onboarding tasks before their first day of work with the Microsoft Entra admin center

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to automate prehire tasks with Lifecycle workflows using the Microsoft Entra admin center.

This prehire scenario generates a temporary access pass for our new employee and sends it via email to the user's new manager.

Screenshot of the lifecycle workflow scenario.


Using this feature requires Microsoft Entra ID Governance licenses. To find the right license for your requirements, see Microsoft Entra ID Governance licensing fundamentals.

Before you begin

To complete this tutorial, you must satisfy the prerequisites listed in this section before starting the tutorial as they aren't included in the actual tutorial. Two accounts are required for this tutorial, one account for the new hire and another account that acts as the manager of the new hire. The new hire account must have the following attributes set:

  • employeeHireDate must be set to today
  • Department must be set to sales
  • Manager attribute must be set, and the manager account should have a mailbox to receive an email

For more comprehensive instructions on how to complete these prerequisite steps, you can refer to the Preparing user accounts for Lifecycle workflows tutorial. The TAP policy must also be enabled to run this tutorial.

Detailed breakdown of the relevant attributes:

Attribute Description Set on
mail Used to notify manager of the new employees temporary access pass Both
manager This attribute that is used by the lifecycle workflow Employee
employeeHireDate Used to trigger the workflow Employee
department Used to provide the scope for the workflow Employee

The pre-hire scenario can be broken down into the following sections:

  • Prerequisite: Create two user accounts, one to represent an employee and one to represent a manager
  • Prerequisite: Editing the attributes required for this scenario in the admin center
  • Prerequisite: Edit the attributes for this scenario using Microsoft Graph Explorer
  • Prerequisite: Enabling and using Temporary Access Pass (TAP)
  • Creating the lifecycle management workflow
  • Triggering the workflow
  • Verifying the workflow was successfully executed

Create a workflow using prehire template

Use the following steps to create a pre-hire workflow that generates a TAP and send it via email to the user's manager using the Microsoft Entra admin center.

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Lifecycle Workflows Administrator.

  2. Select Identity Governance.

  3. Select Lifecycle workflows.

  4. On the Overview page, select New workflow. Screenshot of selecting a new workflow.

  5. From the templates, select select under Onboard pre-hire employee. Screenshot of selecting workflow template.

  6. Next, you configure the basic information about the workflow that includes when the workflow triggers, known as Days from event. In this case, the workflow triggers two days before the employee's hire date. On the onboard pre-hire employee screen, add the following settings and then select Next: Configure Scope.

    Screenshot of selecting a configuration scope.

  7. Next, you configure the scope. The scope determines which users this workflow runs against. In this case, it is on all users in the Sales department. On the configure scope screen, under Rule, add the following settings and select Next: Review tasks. For a full list of supported user properties, see Supported user properties and query parameters.

    Screenshot of selecting review tasks.

  8. On the following page, you can inspect the task if desired but no additional configuration is needed. Select Next: Review + Create when you're finished. Screenshot of reviewing an on-board workflow.

  9. On the review screen, verify the information is correct and select Create. Screenshot of creating an onboard workflow.

Run the workflow

Now that the workflow is created, it automatically runs every 3 hours. This means lifecycle workflows check every 3 hours for users in the associated execution condition, and executes the configured tasks for those users. However, for the tutorial, we would like to run it immediately. To run a workflow immediately, we can use the on-demand feature.


Be aware that you currently cannot run a workflow on-demand if it is set to disabled. You need to set the workflow to enabled to use the on-demand feature.

To run a workflow on-demand, for users using the Microsoft Entra admin center, do the following steps:

  1. On the workflow screen, select the specific workflow you want to run.
  2. Select Run on demand.
  3. On the select users tab, select add users.
  4. Add a user.
  5. Select Run workflow.

Check tasks and workflow status

At any time, you can monitor the status of the workflows and the tasks. As a reminder, there are three different data pivots, users runs, and tasks that are currently available. You can learn more in the how-to guide Check the status of a workflow. In the course of this tutorial, we look at the status using the user focused reports.

  1. To begin, select the Workflow history tab to view the user summary and associated workflow tasks and statuses.
    Screenshot of workflow History status.

  2. Once the Workflow history tab is selected, you land on the workflow history page as shown: Screenshot of workflow history overview

  3. Next, you can select Total tasks for the user Jane Smith to view the total number of tasks created and their statuses. In this example, there are three total tasks assigned to the user Jane Smith.
    Screenshot of workflow total task summary.

  4. To add an extra layer of granularity, you can select Failed tasks for the user Jeff Smith to view the total number of failed tasks assigned to the user Jeff Smith. Screenshot of workflow failed tasks.

  5. Similarly, you can select Unprocessed tasks for the user Jeff Smith to view the total number of unprocessed or canceled tasks assigned to the user Jeff Smith. Screenshot of workflow unprocessed tasks summary.

Enable the workflow schedule

After running your workflow on-demand and checking that everything is working fine, you might want to enable the workflow schedule. To enable the workflow schedule, you select the Enable Schedule checkbox on the Properties page.

Screenshot of enabling workflow schedule.

Next steps