Managing Administrative Units in Microsoft 365

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Administrative units allow the delegation of active directory administration to subsets of custom-defined users, groups, and devices. When administrative units were first made available, they could only be managed via the Azure portal, PowerShell, and Microsoft Graph. While this lesson looks at administrative units in general, it pays special attention to Microsoft 365 admin center functionality. The overview looks at what administrative units are and why you use them, followed by an in-depth look at what scenarios they support and their limitations. We then create an administrative unit through the Microsoft 365 admin center and see how it looks when viewed through the Azure portal.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of administrative units
  • Administrative unit use cases and limitations
  • How to create an administrative unit through the Microsoft 365 admin center

Intended Audience

  • This lesson is intended for students who want to learn about administrative units, their use cases, and how to implement them
  • Students who intend to take the MS-100 exam: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services


  • Have used the Microsoft 365 admin center and Azure portal, know what Azure Active Directory is, and optionally, have an Azure Active Directory Premium P1 subscription
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Hallam is a software architect with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries. He began his software career as a  Delphi/Interbase disciple but changed his allegiance to Microsoft with its deep and broad ecosystem. While Hallam has designed and crafted custom software utilizing web, mobile and desktop technologies, good quality reliable data is the key to a successful solution. The challenge of quickly turning data into useful information for digestion by humans and machines has led Hallam to specialize in database design and process automation. Showing customers how leverage new technology to change and improve their business processes is one of the key drivers keeping Hallam coming back to the keyboard. 

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