Tutorial: Complete an Azure AD self-service password reset pilot roll out

In this tutorial, you will enable a pilot roll out of Azure AD self-service password reset (SSPR) in your organization and test using a non-administrator account.

It is important that any testing of self-service password reset be done with non-administrator accounts. Microsoft manages the password reset policy for administrator accounts and requires the use of stronger authentication methods. This policy does not allow the use of security questions and answers, and requires the use of two methods for reset.

  • Enable self-service password reset
  • Test SSPR as a user

Prerequisites

  • A Global Administrator account

Enable self-service password reset

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using a Global Administrator account.
  2. Browse to Azure Active Directory and select Password reset.
  3. Start with a pilot group by enabling self-service password for a subset of users in your organization.
    • From the Properties page, under the option Self Service Password Reset Enabled, choose Selected and pick a pilot group.
      • Only members of the specific Azure AD group that you choose can use the SSPR functionality. We recommend that you define a group of users and use this setting when you deploy this functionality for a proof of concept. Nesting of security groups is supported here.
      • Ensure the users in the group you picked have been appropriately licensed.
    • Click Save
  4. On the Authentication methods page
    • Set the Number of methods required to reset to 1
    • Choose which Methods available to users your organization wants to allow. For this tutorial check the boxes to enable Email, Mobile phone, Office phone, Mobile app notification (preview) and Mobile app code (preview).
    • Click Save
  5. On the Registration page
    • Select Yes for Require users to register when signing in.
    • Set Number of days before users are asked to reconfirm their authentication information to 180.
    • Click Save
  6. On the Notifications page
    • Set Notify users on password resets option to Yes.
    • Set Notify all admins when other admins reset their password to Yes.
  7. On the Customization page
    • Microsoft recommends that you set Customize helpdesk link to Yes and provide either an email address or web page URL where your users can get additional help from your organization in the Custom helpdesk email or URL field.
    • For this tutorial we will leave Customize helpdesk link set to No.

Self-service password reset is now configured for cloud users in your pilot group.

Test SSPR as a user

Test self-service password reset using a non-administrator test user that is a member of your pilot group. Be aware that if you use an account that has any administrator roles assigned to it the authentication methods and number may be different than what you selected as Microsoft manages the administrator policy.

  1. Open a new InPrivate or incognito mode browser window.
  2. Using a test user register for self-service password reset using the registration portal located at https://aka.ms/ssprsetup.
  3. Using the same test user browse to the self-service password reset portal https://aka.ms/sspr and attempt to reset your password using the information you provided in the previous step.
  4. You should be able to successfully reset your password.

Clean up resources

If you decide you no longer want to use the functionality you have configured as part of this tutorial, make the following change.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Browse to Azure Active Directory and select Password reset.
  3. From the Properties page, under the option Self Service Password Reset Enabled, choose None.
  4. Click Save

Next steps

In this tutorial, you have enabled Azure AD self-service password reset. Continue on to the next tutorial to see how an on-premises Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure can be integrated into the self-service password reset experience.