Microsoft Renaming 10 Azure Active Directory roles

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Microsoft Renaming 10 Azure Active Directory roles

Updates on MC218295, Plan For Change, Published date: 11 Jul 2020

There was an update on Office 365 Portal that Microsoft will soon rename a number of roles in the Azure Active Directory ecosystem. This change will improve simplified administration and these names more unified across the Microsoft Productivity platforms.

Why Microsoft Retitling Azure Active Directory Roles?

The updates stats that, some Azure Active Directory (AD) built-in roles have names that differ from those that appear in Microsoft 365 admin center, the Azure AD portal, and Microsoft Graph. This inconsistency can cause problems in automated processes. With this update, Microsoft renaming 10 role names to make them consistent.

Key points

  • Timing: mid-August rollout; complete in early September 2020
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Control type: admin UI
  • Action: Review and assess by August 14, 2020

Will Azure Role Rename affect your organisation?

After the rollout, you will see these 10 updated Azure AD names in the Microsoft 365 admin center, Azure AD portal, and Microsoft Graph API.

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Is there any admin action required?

If you have PowerShell script or application that leverages these roles by display name, Microsoft recommends updating it by August 14, 2020.

Microsoft strongly discourage the use of display names in your script or code. Instead, you should reference the role template ID. See this list of template IDs for Azure AD built-in roles.

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