Activate Microsoft Defender XDR Unified role-based access control (RBAC)

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For the Microsoft Defender XDR security portal to start enforcing the permissions and assignments configured in your new custom roles or imported roles you must activate the Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC model for some or all of your workloads.

Activate Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC

The following steps guide you on how to activate the Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC model. You can activate your workloads in the following ways:

  1. Activate in the permissions and roles page
  2. Activate in Microsoft Defender XDR settings

Important

You must be a Global Administrator or Security Administrator in Microsoft Entra ID to perform this task. For more information on permissions, see Permission pre-requisites.

Activate from the Permissions and roles page

Sign in to the Microsoft Defender portal. In the navigation pane, select Permissions and select Roles under Microsoft Defender XDR to get to the Permissions and roles page.

You can activate your workloads in two ways from the Permissions and roles page:

Screenshot of the activate workloads page

  1. Activate workloads

    • Select Activate workloads on the banner above the list of roles.
    • This will bring you directly to the Activate workloads screen.
    • You must activate each workload one by one. Once you select the individual toggle, you'll activate (or deactivate) that workload.

    Screenshot of the choose workloads to activate screen

    Note

    The Activate workloads button is only available when there is it at least one workload that's not active for Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC.

    Note

    Microsoft Defender for Cloud is active by default with Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC.

    Note

    To activate Exchange Online (EXO) permissions in Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC, Exchange Online Protection (EOP) permissions must be active.

  2. Workload settings

    • Select Workload settings.
    • This brings you to the Microsoft Defender XDR Permission and roles page.
    • Select the toggle for the workload you want to activate.
    • Select Activate on the confirmation message.

You have now successfully activated (or deactivated) that workload.

Activate in Microsoft Defender XDR settings

Follow these steps to activate your workloads directly in Microsoft Defender XDR settings:

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Defender portal.
  2. In the navigation pane, select Settings.
  3. Select Microsoft Defender XDR.
  4. Select Permissions and roles. This brings you to the Activate workloads page.
  5. Select the toggle for the workload you want to activate.
  6. Select Activate on the confirmation message.

You have now successfully activated (or deactivated) that workload.

Note

The Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC model only impacts the Microsoft Defender XDR security portal. It does not impact the Microsoft Purview Compliance center or the Exchange Admin Center.

Deactivate Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC

You can deactivate Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC and revert to the individual RBAC models from Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for Identity, and Microsoft Defender for Office 365 (Exchange Online Protection).

To Deactivate the workloads, repeat the steps above and select the workloads you want to deactivate. The status will be set to Not Active.

If you deactivate a workload, the roles created and edited within Microsoft Defender XDR Unified RBAC won't be effective and you'll return to using the previous permissions model. This will remove any access that users assigned these roles have.

Next steps

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