Update administrativeunit

Namespace: microsoft.graph


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Update the properties of an administrativeUnit object.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
Delegated (work or school account) AdministrativeUnit.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported.
Application AdministrativeUnit.ReadWrite.All

To update an administrative unit, the calling principal must be assigned one of the following Azure AD roles:

  • Privileged Role Administrator
  • Global Administrator

HTTP request

PATCH /administrativeUnits/{id}
PATCH /directory/administrativeUnits/{id}

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required.

Request body

In the request body, supply the values for relevant fields that should be updated. Existing properties that are not included in the request body will maintain their previous values or be recalculated based on changes to other property values. For best performance you shouldn't include existing values that haven't changed.

Property Type Description
description String Description for the administrative unit.
displayName String Display name for the administrative unit.
membershipRule String Dynamic membership rule for the administrative unit. For more about the rules that you can use for dynamic administrative units and dynamic groups, see Using attributes to create advanced rules.
membershipRuleProcessingState String Used to control whether the dynamic membership rule is actively processed. Set to On when you want the dynamic membership rule to be active and Paused if you want to stop updating membership dynamically.
membershipType String Membership type for the administrative unit. Can be dynamic or assigned.
visibility String Visibility for the administrative unit. If not set, then the default is public. Can be set to HiddenMembership, which hides the membership from non-members.

Since the administrativeUnit resource supports extensions, you can use the PATCH operation to add, update, or delete your own app-specific data in custom properties of an extension in an existing administrativeUnit instance.


If successful, this method returns a 204 No Content response code.


The following example sets a dynamic membership rule on an existing administrative unit to include all users whose country is United States.


PATCH https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/administrativeUnits/4d7ea995-bc0f-45c0-8c3e-132e93bf95f8
Content-type: application/json

    "membershipType": "Dynamic",
    "membershipRule": "(user.country -eq \"United States\")",
    "membershipRuleProcessingState": "On"


HTTP/1.1 204 No Content

See also