Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication on Azure

Multi-factor authentication or MFA is no longer optional, and it is paramount that you protect not only your privileged accounts but enable it for all accounts. Azure Active Directory offers the ability to secure your identities with an additional authentication method. Verification of your identity can be done via an automated voice call, text message, through the Microsoft Authenticator app, or with a verification code.

Azure multi-factor authentication can be enforced using different methods. We will configure the user settings to give the ability to a user to report fraudulent attempts on their accounts. We will also review how an administrator can provide a one-time bypass code and whitelist trusted locations to bypass the two-step verification. Lastly, you will see how to configure Azure Active Directory conditional access to enforce MFA on cloud-based applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different methods of enabling two-step verification
  • Configure multi-factor authentication for users
  • Configure settings for MFA
  • Implement Azure Active Directory conditional access for MFA

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure administrators
  • People preparing for Microsoft’s AZ-303 exam


  • General knowledge of Azure Active Directory

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Hi, and welcome to Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication on Azure. My name is Eric Leonard, and I'll be leading you through this course on implementing multi-factor authentication. I'm a Microsoft Azure MVP and an Azure content author at Cloud Academy. I have over 15 years of experience in IT, several of those working with cloud technologies in the public and private sectors. If you have a question, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and send me a message, or send an email to 

Who should take this course? This course is intended for people who are tasked with managing Azure Active Directory. To get most out of this course, you should have a general understanding of Azure Active Directory. We'll begin the course by touching on an overview of implementing multi-factor authentication on Azure. We will then work through the implementation process by enabling MFA on an Azure tenant. Next, we will talk about configuring a user account for MFA and the different options that are available to secure your identities. By the end of this course, you should be able to implement multi-factor authentication on Azure. We would love to get your feedback on this course, so give it a rating when you are finished. So if you are ready to learn more about implementing multi-factor authentication, let's get started.

About the Author

With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Eric Leonard is a Microsoft Azure MVP and a Cloud Solution Architect. Eric’s experience working with Microsoft technologies, with a strong emphasis on cloud and automation solutions, enables his clients to succeed in today’s technological environment. Eric has worked for clients in a variety of different industries including large and small enterprises, the public sector, professional services, education, and communications.

When he is not working, Eric believes in sharing his knowledge and giving back to the IT community. He is the co-organizer of the Ottawa IT community meetup, which has over 1,000 members, and he enjoys presenting and mentoring in the community.