Add or remove group members automatically

In Microsoft Entra ID, part of Microsoft Entra, you can automatically add or remove users to security groups or Microsoft 365 groups, so you don't always have to do it manually. Whenever any properties of a user or device change, Microsoft Entra ID evaluates all dynamic group rules in your Microsoft Entra organization to see if the change should add or remove members.

In this tutorial, you learn how to:

  • Create an automatically populated group of guest users from a partner company
  • Assign licenses to the group for the partner-specific features for guest users to access
  • Bonus: secure the All users group by removing guest users so that, for example, you can give your member users access to internal-only sites

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This feature requires one Microsoft Entra ID P1 or P2 license for you as the global administrator of the organization. If you don't have one, in Microsoft Entra ID, select Licenses > Products > Try/Buy.

You're not required to assign licenses to the users for them to be members in dynamic groups. You only need the minimum number of available Microsoft Entra ID P1 licenses in the organization to cover all such users.

To create a group of guest users


Steps in this article might vary slightly based on the portal you start from.

First, you'll create a group for your guest users who all are from a single partner company. They need special licensing, so it's often more efficient to create a group for this purpose.

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

  2. Select Microsoft Entra ID.

  3. Select Groups > All groups > New group.

    Screenshot of using the Select command to start a new group.

  4. On the New Group pane:

    • Enter a Guest users name, email address and description for the group.
    • Change Membership type to Dynamic User.

    Screenshot of Group page where user enters the dynamic group details.

  5. Select No owners selected and on the Add Owners pane, scroll to locate the desired owners. Click on the name(s) to add owners to the group.

  6. Click Select to save the owners and close the Add Owners pane.

  7. Select Add dynamic query in the Dynamic user members box.

  8. On the Dynamic membership rules pane:

    • In the Property field, click on the existing value and select userType.
    • Verify that the Operator field has Equals selected.
    • Select the Value field and enter Guest.
    • Click the Add Expression hyperlink to add another line.
    • In the And/Or field, select And.
    • In the Property field, select companyName.
    • Verify that the Operator field has Equals selected.
    • In the Value field, enter Contoso.
    • Click Get custom extention properties to enter an application ID to retrieve all available custom extension properties for creating a rule.
    • When you're done, click Save to close Dynamic membership rules.
  9. To finish and create the group, select Create on the Group pane.

Assign licenses

Now that you have your new group, you can apply the licenses that these partner users need.

  1. In the Microsoft Entra admin center browse to Identity > Billing > Licenses > All products, select one or more licenses, and then select Licensed groups.

    Screenshot of Assign licenses to a new group.

  2. Search for the group name that you want to add, and then select Assign.

  3. Assignment options allow you to turn on or off the service plans included the licenses that you selected. When you make a change, be sure to click OK to save your changes.

  4. To complete the assignment, on the Assign license pane, click Assign at the bottom of the pane.

Remove guests from All users group

Perhaps your ultimate administrative plan is to assign all of your guest users to their own groups by company. You can also now change the All users group so that it is reserved for only members users in your organization. Then you can use it to assign apps and licenses that are specific to your home organization.

Screenshot of using the Change all users group to members only.

Clean up resources

To remove the guest users group

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Groups Administrator.
  2. Browse to Groups > All groups.
  3. Select the Guest users group, select the ellipsis (...), and then select Delete. When you delete the group, any assigned licenses are removed.

To restore the All Users group

  1. Select Identity > Groups > All groups. Select the name of the All users group to open the group.
  2. Select Dynamic membership rules, clear all the text in the rule, and select Save.

Next steps

Group licensing basics