Quickstart: Create a new tenant in Azure Active Directory

You can do all of your administrative tasks using the Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) portal, including creating a new tenant for your organization.

In this quickstart, you'll learn how to get to the Azure portal and Azure Active Directory, and you'll learn how to create a basic tenant for your organization.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Create a new tenant for your organization

After you sign in to the Azure portal, you can create a new tenant for your organization. Your new tenant represents your organization and helps you to manage a specific instance of Microsoft cloud services for your internal and external users.

To create a new tenant

  1. Sign in to your organization's Azure portal.

  2. From the Azure portal menu, select Azure Active Directory.

    Azure Active Directory - Overview page - Create a tenant

  3. Select Create a tenant.

  4. On the Basics tab, select the type of tenant you want to create, either Azure Active Directory or Azure Active Directory (B2C).

  5. Select Next: Configuration to move on to the Configuration tab.

    Azure Active Directory - Create a tenant page - configuration tab

  6. On the Configuration tab, enter the following information:

    • Type Contoso Organization into the Organization name box.

    • Type Contosoorg into the Initial domain name box.

    • Leave the United States option in the Country or region box.

  7. Select Next: Review + Create. Review the information you entered and if the information is correct, select create.

    Azure Active Directory - Review and create tenant page

Your new tenant is created with the domain contoso.onmicrosoft.com.

Your user account in the new tenant

When you create a new Azure AD tenant, you become the first user of that tenant. As the first user, you're automatically assigned the Global Admin role. Check out your user account by navigating to the Users page.

By default, you're also listed as the technical contact for the tenant. Technical contact information is something you can change in Properties.


Ensure your directory has at least two accounts with global administrator privileges assigned to them. This will help in the case that one global administrator is locked out. For more detail see the article, Manage emergency access accounts in Azure AD.

Clean up resources

If you're not going to continue to use this application, you can delete the tenant using the following steps:

  • Ensure that you're signed in to the directory that you want to delete through the Directory + subscription filter in the Azure portal. Switch to the target directory if needed.

  • Select Azure Active Directory, and then on the Contoso - Overview page, select Delete directory.

    The tenant and its associated information is deleted.

    Overview page, with highlighted Delete directory button

Next steps