Enforce Office 365 identity for Viva Engage users
As Viva Engage becomes a core service for your organization, users want to sign in seamlessly, like any other Office 365 service. If you want to streamline user management, we suggest that you maintain a single identity for all Office 365 users. You can achieve both of these goals by enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage. By enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage and configuring password hash sync, pass-through authentication, or Azure Active Directory, admins can achieve single sign-on (SSO) capabilities for all services in Office 365, including Viva Engage.
How enforcing Office 365 identities in Viva Engage works
The following flowchart shows what happens when a user logs in to Viva Engage.
A user's sign-in experience when Office 365 identity is and isn't enforced for Viva Engage:
A user tries to sign in to Viva Engage, and is presented with a sign-in dialog box.
The user enters their email address.
If Office 365 identity is enforced, the user signs in with their Office 365 identity. If the customer has implemented the federated identity model in Office 365, the user signs in with single-sign-on.
If Office 365 identity isn't enforced, the user signs in with their Office 365 identity only if their email address corresponds to an Office 365 account.
When Office 365 identity isn't enforced, the user signs in with their Viva Engage identity (email and password), if their email address doesn't correspond to an Office 365 account.
The following table compares the user sign-in behavior when Office 365 Identity is enforced or not enforced. Office 365 identity isn't enforced by default.
|Is Office 365 identity enforced?||Is there an Office 365 account for that user's email address?||What happens when the user logs in:|
||The user is prompted to sign in with their Office 365 identity.
||The user is prompted to sign in with their Office 365 identity.
||The user is prompted to sign in with their Viva Engage identity (email and password).
Start enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage
It takes just a few steps to start enforcing Office 365 identities in Viva Engage. However, turning on this setting can accidentally disrupt users' access to Viva Engage. So before you begin, do the following to make sure your Viva Engage users can continue working smoothly:
Make sure all current Viva Engage users have a corresponding Office 365 identity. When you enforce Office 365 identities for Viva Engage, any user without a corresponding Office 365 identity is locked out of Viva Engage. So before you begin, make sure that all of your current Viva Engage users have corresponding Office 365 identities. To ensure that users have the correct identities, go to the data export page in the Viva Engage admin center and export all users. Compare that list to the list of users in Office 365 and make any needed changes.
Tell your users about this change. We strongly recommend that you tell users that you're switching to enforcing Office 365 identities, because it can disrupt their day-to-day usage of Viva Engage. See the following sample email for suggested text.
You must be a global administrator on Office 365 who was synchronized to Viva Engage on Office 365.
To start enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage
In the Yammer admin center, go to the Network Admin section, and choose Security Settings.
In the Security Settings page, go to the Office 365 Identity Enforcement section and select Enforce Office 365 identity.
You must be a global administrator to see this section.
A confirmation message asks you to select the most appropriate level of enforcement:
Committed Enforcement: Choose this option if all of your Viva Engage users already have an Azure Active Directory account.
This change cannot be reversed. Your users will no longer be able to sign in using their Viva Engage usernames and passwords.
Temporary 7-Day Enforcement: Choose this option if you're testing the enforcement of Office 365 identity on your network, and may need to revert it back. Once you save this change, a temporary enforcement period of seven days begins, and your users are no longer able to sign in using their Viva Engage usernames and passwords. After seven days, your network is automatically committed to Office 365 Identity enforcement.
Optionally, you can automatically sign out all current users to ensure that everyone using the Viva Engage service has signed in with their Office 365 identities. To sign out all current users, select the Log out all users checkbox. If you choose this option, we recommend that you communicate this change to your users by using the following sample email.
Subject Line: [Action Required] Log back in to Viva Engage
This email is to let you know that [ORGANIZATION'S NAME] is making changes to the way we all access Viva Engage. If you're currently working on Viva Engage, then we may temporarily interrupt you by logging you out. It's necessary for us to securely configure Office 365 sign-in for Viva Engage.
You can resume your work immediately by logging in to Viva Engage using your Office 365 username and password.
We've made this change so that you can access all of Office 365 with a single identity. If you're unable to sign in using your Office 365 username and password, let your network administrator know.
If you're ready to start enforcing this setting, select Okay. Go to the Security Settings page where the Enforce Office 365 identity in Viva Engage checkbox is now selected.
You can also select [Start blocking users who don't have Viva Engage licenses](../manage-viva engage-users/manage-viva engage-licenses-in-office-365.md#StartBlocking) to ensure that only users with Viva Engage licenses can login to Viva Engage.
Choose Save to save all your settings on the page.
Stop enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage
You can only stop enforcing Office 365 identities in Viva Engage when you are in the temporary 7-day enforcement period.
When you stop enforcing Office 365 identities in Viva Engage:
Any users already logging into Viva Engage with their Office 365 identities are unaffected by this change.
Other users can join your network by signing up with their work email and verifying it.
If you no longer want to enforce Office 365 identities, use the following steps to stop. You must be a global administrator to perform these steps.
To stop enforcing Office 365 identity in Viva Engage
In Viva Engage, go to the Network Admin section, and choose Security Settings.
In the Security Settings page, go to the Office 365 Identity Enforcement section and clear the Enforce Office 365 identity checkbox.
You see a confirmation message so you can verify that you're ready to stop enforcing Office 365 identity.
Select Okay to confirm your choice.
The Security Settings page shows the Enforce Office 365 identity in Yammer checkbox cleared.
Choose Save to save your settings on the page.
Q: Once Office 365 Identity Enforcement is set to 'Committed Enforcement', why can't I revert it back?
A: Once your organization has committed to enforcing Office 365 identity and has one Office 365 tenant associated with a single Viva Engage tenant, connected groups are enabled for this network. In this configuration, whenever a group is created in Viva Engage, a connected Microsoft 365 group is also created. Users can then take advantage of tools like SharePoint, Planner, and OneNote connected to the group. At this point, reverting the Enforce Office 365 Identity setting is disruptive to the user experience, as users who sign in with their user names and passwords can no longer access these connected resources.
Q: How will this change impact guest and external users?
A: Guests and external users are unaffected and follow the sign-in settings and requirements of their home network.
Q: How long does it take for this setting to be applied?
A: Enforce Office 365 Identity is applied immediately after the setting is set.
Q: We use the same ADFS configuration in Viva Engage and Office 365. Should we sign out users during the transition?
A: Yes. Sign-out ensures all users who sign on afterward are connected to their Office 365 identity. Office 365 identity connects users to lifecycle management from Office 365. It also provides a consistent experience for them, with things like Office 365 suite navigation.
Q: What is the experience for users being logged-out when enforcing Office 365 identities?
A: Users are signed out of their web and mobile sessions immediately and must sign in again to all their devices and browser sessions using their Office 365 identity configuration and credentials.
Q: How can I audit and clean up Viva Engage users when compared to Office 365 and Azure AD?
A: You can audit Viva Engage users in networks connected to Office 365 and take appropriate actions based on it. See more information and examples in How to audit Viva Engage users in networks connected to Office 365.