Cloud Security – Azure Active Directory authentication – Configuring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – Bulk user update – Part 5

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In last couple of articles we are discussing about cloud security – Azure AD and authentications

I received one of the comment on MFA articles that is there any option to update the MFA setting for multiple users at a time. So scenario is in my organizations there are thousands of users and administrator need to change the MFA settings / status for multiple users.

So answer to above question is yes, it is possible and we have multiple options for that

  • From UI – From Azure Active Directory admin center
  • From PowerShell script

In this article we will discuss option from UI From – Azure Active Directory admin center and in next article we will discuss the PowerShell scripts for the same.

Take Away From This Article:

  • How to configure Multi-Factor authentication from UI – Azure Active Directory admin center

So lets begin the FUN 🙂

Microsoft 365 - Admin Center
Fig 1: Microsoft 365 – Admin Center
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center
Fig2: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center
  • Click on “Users” menu from left navigation as shown in above fig
  • We will be redirected to Users | All users dashboard as shown in below Fig
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - Users dashboard
Fig3: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – Users dashboard
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - Users dashboard - multi-factor authentication page
Fig4: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – Users dashboard – multi-factor authentication page
  • In above Fig we will see there is button with blue background “bulk update
  • Click on the button “select a CSV file” dialog will appear as shown in below Fig
  • From this file we could upload .CSV file having user names and MFA option either Enable or Disable
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - Users dashboard - multi-factor authentication page - "Select a CSV file" dialog for updating MFA settings for multiple users at a time
Fig5: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – Users dashboard – multi-factor authentication page – “Select a CSV file” dialog for updating MFA settings for multiple users at a time
  • Following is the sample excel downloaded from “Select a CSV file” dialog
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - Users dashboard - multi-factor authentication page - sample excel file for updating MFA setting for bulk user updates
Fig6: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – Users dashboard – multi-factor authentication page – sample excel file for updating MFA setting for bulk user updates
  • Just download sample .CSV file, update with your users and status.
  • Upload the updated file, “Verifying file” dialog will appear as shown in below Fig
 Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - .CSV file for bulk user update - "Verifying file" dialog
Fig7: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – .CSV file for bulk user update – “Verifying file” dialog
  • Once uploaded file verified successfully setting for the respective users will be updated 🙂
  • But there is tweak when we need to enable MFA for guest user. If we do it directly without conditional access, we will get an following error
Microsoft 365 - Azure Active Directory admin center - .CSV file for bulk user update - "Verifying file" dialog - showing error message for guest users
Fig8: Microsoft 365 – Azure Active Directory admin center – .CSV file for bulk user update – “Verifying file” dialog – showing error message for guest users

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