administrativeUnit resource type

Namespace: microsoft.graph

An administrative unit provides a conceptual container for user, group, and device directory objects. Using administrative units, a company administrator can now delegate administrative responsibilities to manage the users, groups, and devices contained within or scoped to an administrative unit to a regional or departmental administrator. This resource is an open type that allows other properties to be passed in.

Let's look at an example. Imagine that Contoso Corp is made up of two divisions - a West Coast Division and an East Coast Division. Directory roles at Contoso are scoped to the entire tenant. Lee, a Contoso company administrator, wants to delegate administrative responsibilities, but scope them to the West Coast Division or the East Coast division. Lee can create a West Coast admistrative unit and place all West Coast users into this administrative unit. Similarly, Lee can create an East Coast adminstrative unit. Now Lee, can start delegating administrative responsibilities to others, but scoped to the new administrative units he's created. Lee places Jennifer in a helpdesk administrator role scoped to the West Coast administrative unit. This allows Jennifer to reset any user's password, but only if those users are in the West Coast administrative unit. Similarly, Lee places Dave in a user account administrator role scoped to the East Coast administrative unit. This allows Dave to update users, assign licenses and reset any user's password, but only if those users are in the East Coast administrative unit. For a video overview, please see Introduction to Azure Active Directory Administrative Units.

This resource supports:

  • Adding your own data to custom properties as extensions.
  • Using delta query to track incremental additions, deletions, and updates, by providing a delta function.


Method Return Type Description
Create administrativeUnit Create a new administrative unit.
List administrativeUnit collection List properties of all administrativeUnits.
Get administrativeUnit Read properties and relationships of a specific administrativeUnit object.
Update administrativeUnit Update administrativeUnit object.
Delete None Delete administrativeUnit object.
Add a member directoryObject Add a member (user, group, or device).
List members directoryObject collection Get the list of (user, group, or device) members.
Get a member directoryObject Get a specific member.
Remove a member directoryObject Remove a member.
Add a scopedRoleMember scopedRoleMembership Assign an Azure AD role with administrative unit scope.
List scopedRoleMembers scopedRoleMembership collection List Azure AD role assignments with administrative unit scope.
Get a scopedRoleMember scopedRoleMembership Get an Azure AD role assignment with administrative unit scope.
Remove a scopedRoleMember scopedRoleMembership Remove an Azure AD role assignment with administrative unit scope.



Specific usage of $filter and the $search query parameter is supported only when you use the ConsistencyLevel header set to eventual and $count. For more information, see Advanced query capabilities on Azure AD directory objects.

Property Type Description
description String An optional description for the administrative unit. Supports $filter (eq, ne, in, startsWith), $search.
displayName String Display name for the administrative unit. Supports $filter (eq, ne, not, ge, le, in, startsWith, and eq on null values), $search, and $orderBy.
id String Unique identifier for the administrative unit. Read-only. Supports $filter (eq).
visibility String Controls whether the administrative unit and its members are hidden or public. Can be set to HiddenMembership. If not set (value is null), the default behavior is public. When set to HiddenMembership, only members of the administrative unit can list other members of the administrative unit.


Directory extensions and associated data are returned by default while schema extensions and associated data returned only on $select.


Relationship Type Description
members directoryObject collection Users and groups that are members of this administrative unit. Supports $expand.
extensions extension collection The collection of open extensions defined for this administrative unit. Nullable.
scopedRoleMembers scopedRoleMembership collection Scoped-role members of this administrative unit.

JSON representation

Here is a JSON representation of the resource.

  "description": "String",
  "displayName": "String",
  "id": "String (identifier)",
  "visibility": "String"

See also