Add Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration users in the Azure portal

As a user who is assigned any of the limited administrator directory roles, you can use the Azure portal to invite B2B collaboration users. You can invite guest users to the directory, to a group, or to an application. After you invite a user through any of these methods, the invited user's account is added to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), with a user type of Guest. The guest user must then redeem their invitation to access resources. An invitation of a user does not expire.

After you add a guest user to the directory, you can either send the guest user a direct link to a shared app, or the guest user can select the redemption URL in the invitation email. For more information about the redemption process, see B2B collaboration invitation redemption.

Important

You should follow the steps in How-to: Add your organization's privacy info in Azure Active Directory to add the URL of your organization's privacy statement. As part of the first time invitation redemption process, an invited user must consent to your privacy terms to continue.

Before you begin

Make sure your organization's external collaboration settings are configured such that you're allowed to invite guests. By default, all users and admins can invite guests. But your organization's external collaboration policies might be configured to prevent certain types of users or admins from inviting guests. To find out how to view and set these policies, see Enable B2B external collaboration and manage who can invite guests.

Add guest users to the directory

To add B2B collaboration users to the directory, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as a user who is assigned a limited administrator directory role or the Guest Inviter role.

  2. Search for and select Azure Active Directory from any page.

  3. Under Manage, select Users.

  4. Select New guest user.

  5. On the New user page, select Invite user and then add the guest user's information.

    Guest user type image

    • Name. The first and last name of the guest user.
    • Email address (required). The email address of the guest user.
    • Personal message (optional) Include a personal welcome message to the guest user.
    • Groups: You can add the guest user to one or more existing groups, or you can do it later.
    • Roles: If you require Azure AD administrative permissions for the user, you can add them to an Azure AD role by selecting User next to Roles. Learn more about Azure roles for external guest users.

    Note

    Group email addresses aren’t supported; enter the email address for an individual. Also, some email providers allow users to add a plus symbol (+) and additional text to their email addresses to help with things like inbox filtering. However, Azure AD doesn’t currently support plus symbols in email addresses. To avoid delivery issues, omit the plus symbol and any characters following it up to the @ symbol.

  6. Select Invite to automatically send the invitation to the guest user.

After you send the invitation, the user account is automatically added to the directory as a guest.

Guest user image

Add guest users to a group

If you need to manually add B2B collaboration users to a group, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an Azure AD administrator.

  2. Search for and select Azure Active Directory from any page.

  3. Under Manage, select Groups.

  4. Select a group (or select New group to create a new one). It's a good idea to include in the group description that the group contains B2B guest users.

  5. Under Manage, select Members.

  6. Select Add members.

  7. Do one of the following:

    • If the guest user is already in the directory:

      a. On the Add members page, start typing the name or email address of the guest user.

      b. In the search results, choose the user, and then choose Select.

    • If the guest user isn't currently in the directory:

      a. On the Add members page, type the user's full email address in the search box, type a Personal message (optional), and then choose Invite to send an invitation.

      b. Choose Select.

      c. Now add the user to the group: On the Members page, choose Add members. Type the user's name or email address in the search box, choose the user in the results, and then choose Select.

You can also use dynamic groups with Azure AD B2B collaboration. For more information, see Dynamic groups and Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration.

Add guest users to an application

To add B2B collaboration users to an application, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an Azure AD administrator.

  2. Search for and select Azure Active Directory from any page.

  3. Under Manage, select Enterprise applications.

  4. On the All applications page, select the application to which you want to add guest users.

  5. Under Manage, select Users and groups.

  6. Select Add user/group.

  7. On the Add Assignment page, select the link under Users.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • If the guest user is already in the directory:

      a. On the Users page, start typing the name or email address of the guest user.

      b. In the search results, choose the user, and then choose Select.

      c. On the Add Assignment page, choose Assign to add the user to the app.

    • If the guest user isn't currently in the directory:

      a. On the Users page, type the user's full email address in the search box, type a Personal message (optional), and then choose Invite.

      b. Choose Select.

      c. Now add the invited user to the application: On the Add Assignment page, choose the link under Users. Type the invited user's name or email address in the search box, choose the user in the results, and then choose Select.

      d. On the Add Assignment page, choose Assign.

  9. The guest user appears in the application's Users and groups list with the assigned role of Default Access. If the application provides different roles and you want to change the user's role, do the following:

    a. Select the check box next to the guest user, and then select the Edit button.

    b. On the Edit Assignment page, choose the link under Select a role, and select the role you want to assign to the user.

    c. Choose Select.

    d. Select Assign.

Resend invitations to guest users

If a guest user has not yet redeemed their invitation, you can resend the invitation email.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal as an Azure AD administrator.

  2. Search for and select Azure Active Directory from any page.

  3. Under Manage, select Users.

  4. Select the user account.

  5. In the Identity section, under Invitation accepted, Select the (manage) link.

  6. If the user has not yet accepted the invitation, Select the Yes option to resend.

    Resend Invitation

Note

An invitation URL will be generated.

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