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Activate a PIM Role

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At a time when security breaches seem to be an everyday occurrence, it’s become more and more important to protect resources with more than just a username and password.  It’s even more important to protect resources from INTERNAL threats.  By implementing Azure AD Privileged Identity Management, organizations can protect their resources with improved security features, and even keep an eye on what legitimate administrators are doing.

In this course, you’ll learn how to implement Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.  We’ll start the course by touching on an overview of what Azure AD Privileged Identity Management is and what it offers. We will then work through the deployment of PIM and how it works with multi-factor authentication.  As we work through some demos, you will learn how to enable PIM and how to navigate tasks in PIM.

We’ll then cover the activation of roles and the assignment of those roles, including permanent roles and just-in-time roles.  We’ll also cover the concepts of updating and removing role assignments, reinforcing these concepts through demonstrations.

We’ll round out the course with supported management scenarios, configuring PIM management access, and how to process requests. 

Learning Objectives

  • Enable PIM
  • Activate a PIM role
  • Configure just-in-time resource access
  • Configure permanent access to resources
  • Configure PIM management access
  • Configure time-bound resource access
  • Create a Delegated Approver account
  • Process pending approval requests

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects
  • People who are preparing to take Microsoft’s AZ-101 exam


  • Moderate knowledge of Azure Active Directory

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When a user needs to take on an Azure AD PIM role that he has been made eligible for, that user can request activation via the my roles navigation option in PIM. The process is pretty straight forward. First, sign into the Azure portal. As you can see on the screen here, I've logged into the Azure portal as Steve, whom we've just made eligible for a few roles. Next, open Azure AD Privileged Identity Management. In our example here, Steve can click on My roles, and then either Azure AD roles or Azure resource roles to see the list of his eligible roles. For this exercise, Steve wants to activate the BizTalk role. We can go ahead and click Activate, which opens the role activation details pane. Enter the reason for the activation request into the activation reason box. To activate, simply click Activate.

About the Author

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.