What's new in Azure Active Directory?

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Azure AD receives improvements on an ongoing basis. To stay up-to-date with the most recent developments, this article provides you with information about:

  • The latest releases
  • Known issues
  • Bug fixes
  • Deprecated functionality
  • Plans for changes

This page is updated monthly, so revisit it regularly.

June 2018

Change notice: Security fix to the delegated authorization flow for apps using Azure AD Activity Logs API

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Monitoring & Reporting
Product capability: Reporting

Due to our stronger security enforcement, we’ve had to make a change to the permissions for apps that use a delegated authorization flow to access Azure AD Activity Logs APIs. This change will occur by June 26, 2018.

If any of your apps use Azure AD Activity Log APIs, follow these steps to ensure the app doesn’t break after the change happens.

To update your app permissions

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. On the left navbar, select Azure Active Directory, and then select App Registrations.

  3. Select your app that uses the Azure AD Activity Logs API, select Settings, and then in the Settings blade, select Required permissions.

  4. In the Required permissions blade, select the Windows Azure Active Directory API.

  5. In the Delegated permissions area of the Enable access blade, select the box next to Read directory data, and then select Save.

    You’ll return to the Required permissions blade.

    Delegated permissions Read directory option

  6. Select Grant permissions, and then select Yes.

    Note

    You must be a Global administrator to grant permissions to the app.


May 2018

ExpressRoute support changes

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: Platform

Software as a Service offering, like Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) are designed to work best by going directly through the Internet, without requiring ExpressRoute or any other private VPN tunnels. Because of this, on August 1, 2018, we will stop supporting ExpressRoute for Azure AD services using Azure public peering and Azure communities in Microsoft peering. Any services impacted by this change might notice Azure AD traffic gradually shifting from ExpressRoute to the Internet.

While we're changing our support, we also know there are still situations where you might need to use a dedicated set of circuits for your authentication traffic. Because of this, Azure AD will continue to support per-tenant IP range restrictions using ExpressRoute and services already on Microsoft peering with the "Other Office 365 Online services" community. If your services are impacted, but you require ExpressRoute, you must do the following:

  • If you're on Azure public peering. You must move to Microsoft peering and sign up for the Other Office 365 Online services (12076:5100) community. For more info about how to move from Azure public peering to Microsoft peering, see the Move a public peering to Microsoft peering article.

  • If you're on Microsoft peering. You must sign up for the Other Office 365 Online service (12076:5100) community. For more info about routing requirements, see the Support for BGP communities section of the ExpressRoute routing requirements article.

If you must continue to use dedicated circuits, you'll need to talk to your Microsoft Account team about how to get authorization to use the Other Office 365 Online service (12076:5100) community. The MS Office-managed review board will verify whether you need those circuits and make sure you understand the technical implications of keeping them. Unauthorized subscriptions trying to create route filters for Office 365 will receive an error message.


Microsoft Graph API's for administrative scenarios for TOU

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of Use
Product capability: Developer Experience

We have added Microsoft Graph API's for administration operation of Azure AD Terms of Use. You are able to create, update, delete the Terms of Use object.


Add Azure AD multi-tenant endpoint as an identity provider in Azure AD B2C

Type: New feature
Service category: B2C - Consumer Identity Management
Product capability: B2B/B2C

Using custom policies, you can now add the Azure AD common endpoint as an identity provider in Azure AD B2C. This allows you to have a single point of entry for all Azure AD users that are signing into your applications. For more information, see Azure Active Directory B2C: Allow users to sign in to a multi-tenant Azure AD identity provider using custom policies.


Use Internal URLs to access apps from anywhere with our My Apps Sign-in Extension and the Azure AD Application Proxy

Type: New feature
Service category: My Apps
Product capability: SSO

Users can now access applications through internal URLs even when outside your corporate network by using the My Apps Secure Sign-in Extension for Azure AD. This will work with any application that you have published using Azure AD Application Proxy, on any browser that also has the Access Panel browser extension installed. The URL redirection functionality is automatically enabled once a user logs into the extension. The extension is available for download on Edge, Chrome, and Firefox.


View legacy authentications through Sign-ins activity logs

Type: New feature
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

With the introduction of a field called Client App in the Sign-in activity logs, Customers now can see users that are using legacy authentications. Customers will be able to access this information using the Sign-ins MS Graph API or through the Sign-in activity logs in Azure AD portal where you can use the Client App control to filter on legacy authentications. Check out the documentation for more details.


Azure Active Directory - Data in Europe for Europe customers

Type: New feature
Service category: Other
Product capability: GoLocal

Customers in Europe requires their data to stay in Europe and not replicated outside of European datacenters for meeting privacy and European laws. This article provides the specific details on what identity information will be stored within Europe and also provide details on information that will be stored outside European datacenters.


New user provisioning SaaS app integrations - May 2018

Type: New feature
Service category: App Provisioning
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

Azure AD allows you to automate the creation, maintenance and removal of user identities in SaaS applications such as Dropbox, Salesforce, ServiceNow and more. For May 2018, we have added user provisioning support for the following applications in the Azure AD app gallery:

For a list of all applications that support user provisioning in the Azure AD gallery, see https://aka.ms/appstutorial.


Azure AD access reviews of groups and app access now provides recurring reviews

Type: New feature
Service category: Access Reviews
Product capability: Governance

Access reviews of groups and apps is now generally available as part of Azure AD Premium P2. Administrators will be able to configure access reviews of group memberships and application assignments to automatically recur at regular intervals, such as monthly or quarterly.


Azure AD Activity logs (sign-ins and audit) are now available through MS Graph

Type: New feature
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

Azure AD Activity logs, which, includes Sign-ins and Audit logs, are now available through MS Graph. We have exposed 2 end points through MS Graph to access these logs. Please check out our documents for programmatic access to Azure AD Reporting APIs to get started.


Improvements to the B2B redemption experience and leave an org

Type: New feature
Service category: B2B
Product capability: B2B/B2C

Just in time redemption: Once you share a resource with a guest user using B2B API – you don’t need to send out a special invitation email. In most cases, the guest user can simply access the resource and will be taken through the redemption experience just in time. No more impact due to missed emails. No more asking your guest users “Did you click on that redemption link the system sent you?”. This means once SPO uses the invitation manager – cloudy attachments can have the same canonical URL for all users – internal and external – in any state of redemption.

Modern redemption experience: No more split screen redemption landing page. Users will see a modern consent experience with the inviting organization's privacy statement, just like they do for 3rd party apps.

Guest users can leave the org: Once a user’s relationship with an org is over, they can self-serve leaving the organization. No more calling the inviting org’s admin to “be removed”, no more raising support tickets.


Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In May 2018 we have added following 18 new apps in our App gallery with Federation support:

AwardSpring, Infogix Data3Sixty Govern, Yodeck, Jamf Pro, KnowledgeOwl, Envi MMIS, LaunchDarkly, Adobe Captivate Prime, Montage Online, まなびポケット, OpenReel, Arc Publishing - SSO, PlanGrid, iWellnessNow, Proxyclick, Riskware, Flock, Reviewsnap

You can also find the documentation of all the applications here.

For listing your application in the Azure AD app gallery, see List your application in the Azure Active Directory application gallery.


Deployment Plans - Guidance to get you started with Azure Active Directory

Type: New feature
Service category: Other
Product capability: Directory

Looking for step by step guidance to deploy (SSPR, SSO, CA, App Proxy, User Provisioning, ADFS to PTA, or ADFS to PHS?). We've got deployment plans to help!

Go to Aka.ms/DeploymentPlans where you can access end to end guides to start getting value from those capabilities.


Enterprise Applications Search - Load More Apps

Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: SSO

Having trouble finding your applications / service principals? We've added the ability to load more applications in your enterprise applications all applications list. By default, we show 20 applications. You can now click load more to view additional applications.


Public Preview of new and improved Sign-ins User experience in Azure Portal

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

We are excited to introduce the new and improved Sign-in logs user experience from within the Azure AD portal. With the new Sign-ins User experience, customers now can get the following:

  • Improved latency from 2 hours to within 5 mins. Check out our latency docs for more information.

  • Ability to add filters dynamically using the "Columns" button. By adding columns to the Sign-in report in UX, you can automatically see them as filters for you to use.

  • Ability to sort by Date, User Name and Application.

  • Inclusion of legacy authentications and ability to filter for legacy authentications using the "Client App" column.

  • Inclusion of a downloadable PowerShell script which is customized based on the filter conditions you choose in the UX. With this PowerShell script, you can get as many rows of data as you want (based on your filter criteria) which will provide the output in a .csv format.

For more details of this feature, see Sign-in activity reports in the Azure Active Directory portal.


The May release of AADConnect contains a public preview of the integration with PingFederate, important security updates, many bug fixes and new great new troubleshooting tools.

Type: Changed feature
Service category: AD Connect
Product capability: Identity Lifecycle Management

The May release of AADConnect contains a public preview of the integration with PingFederate, important security updates, many bug fixes and new great new troubleshooting tools. You can find the release notes here.


Azure AD access reviews: auto-apply

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Access Reviews
Product capability: Governance

Access reviews of groups and apps are now generally available as part of Azure AD Premium P2. An administrator can configure to automatically apply the reviewer's changes to that group or app as the access review completes. The administrator can also specify what happens to the user's continued access if reviewers didn't respond, remove access, keep access or take system recommendations.


ID tokens can no longer be returned using the query response_mode for new apps.

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

Apps created on or after 4/25/2018 will no longer be able to request an id_token using the query response_mode. This brings Azure AD inline with the OIDC specifications and helps reduce your apps attack surface. Apps created before 4/25/2018 are not blocked from using the query response_mode with a response_type of id_token. The error returned, when requesting an id_token from AAD, is AADSTS70007: ‘query’ is not a supported value of ‘response_mode’ when requesting a token.

The fragment and form_post response_modes continue to work - when creating new application objects (e.g. for App Proxy usage), ensure use of one of these response_modes before they create a new application.


April 2018

Azure AD B2C Access Token are GA

Type: New feature
Service category: B2C - Consumer Identity Management
Product capability: B2B/B2C

You can now access Web API's secured by Azure AD B2C using access tokens. The feature is moving from public preview to GA. The UI experience to configure Azure AD B2C applications and web API's has been improved, and other minor improvements were made.

For more information, see Azure AD B2C: Requesting access tokens.


Test single sign-on configuration for SAML-based applications

Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: SSO

When configuring SAML based SSO applications you are able to test the integration on the configuration page. If you encounter an error during sign-in, you can provide the error in the testing experience and Azure AD provides you with resolution steps to solve the specific issue.

For more information, see:


Azure AD Terms of Use now has per user reporting

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of Use
Product capability: Compliance

Administrators can now select a given ToU and see all the users that have consented to that ToU and what date/time it took place.

For more information, see the Azure AD terms of use feature.


Azure AD Connect Health: Risky IP for AD FS extranet lockout protection

Type: New feature
Service category: Other
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

Connect Health now supports the ability to detect IP addresses that exceed a threshold of failed U/P logins on an hourly or daily basis. The capabilities provided by this feature are:

  • Comprehensive report showing IP address and the number of failed logins generated on an hourly/daily basis with customizable threshold.
  • Email-based alerts showing when a specific IP address has exceeded the threshold of failed U/P logins on an hourly/daily basis.
  • A download option to do a detailed analysis of the data

For more information, see Risky IP Report.


Easy app config with metadata file or URL

Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: SSO

On the Enterprise applications page, administrators can upload a SAML metadata file to configure SAML based sign-on for AAD Gallery and Non-Gallery application.

Additionally, you can use Azure AD application federation metadata URL to configure SSO with the targeted application.

For more information, see Configuring single sign-on to applications that are not in the Azure Active Directory application gallery.


Azure AD Terms of use now generally available

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of Use
Product capability: Compliance

Azure AD Terms of Use has moved from public preview to generally available.

For more information, see the Azure AD terms of use feature.


Allow or block invitations to B2B users from specific organizations

Type: New feature
Service category: B2B
Product capability: B2B/B2C

You can now specify which partner organizations you want to share and collaborate with in Azure AD B2B Collaboration. To do this, you can choose to create list of specific allow or deny domains. When a domain is blocked using these capabilities, employees can no longer send invitations to people in that domain.

This helps you to control access to your resources, while enabling a smooth experience for approved users.

This B2B Collaboration feature is available for all Azure Active Directory customers and can be used in conjunction with Azure AD Premium features like conditional access and identity protection for more granular control of when and how external business users sign in and gain access.

For more information, see Allow or block invitations to B2B users from specific organizations.


Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In April 2018 we have added following 13 new apps in our App gallery with Federation support:

Criterion HCM, FiscalNote, Secret Server (On-Premises), Dynamic Signal, mindWireless, OrgChart Now, Ziflow, AppNeta Performance Monitor, Elium , Fluxx Labs, Cisco Cloud, Shelf, SafetyNet

You can find the list of the available tutorials here: https://aka.ms/appstutorial.

For more information, see List your application in the Azure Active Directory application gallery.


Grant B2B users in Azure AD access to your on-premises applications (public preview)

Type: New feature
Service category: B2B
Product capability: B2B/B2C

As an organization that uses Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) B2B collaboration capabilities to invite guest users from partner organizations to your Azure AD, you can now provide these B2B users access to on-premises apps. These on-premises apps can use SAML-based authentication or Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) with Kerberos constrained delegation (KCD).

For more information, see Grant B2B users in Azure AD access to your on-premises applications


Get SSO integration tutorials from the Azure Marketplace

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Other
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

If an application that is listed in the Azure marketplace supports SAML based single sign-on, clicking Get it now provides you with the integration tutorial associated with that application.


Faster performance of Azure AD automatic user provisioning to SaaS applications

Type: Changed feature
Service category: App Provisioning
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

Previously, customers using the Azure Active Directory user provisioning connectors for SaaS applications (for example Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Box) could experience very slow performance if their Azure AD tenants contained over 100,000 combined users and groups, and they were using user and group assignments to determine which users should be provisioned.

On April 2nd, very significant performance enhancements were deployed to the Azure AD provisioning service that greatly reduce the amount of time needed to perform initial synchronizations between Azure Active Directory and target SaaS applications.

As a result, many customers that had initial synchronizations to apps that took many days or never completed, are now completing within a matter of minutes or hours.

For more information, see What happens during provisioning?


Self-service password reset from Windows 10 lock screen for hybrid Azure AD joined machines

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Self Service Password Reset
Product capability: User Authentication

We have updated the Windows 10 SSPR feature to include support for machines that are hybrid Azure AD joined. This feature is available in Windows 10 RS4 allows users to reset their password from the lock screen of a Windows 10 machine. Users who are enabled and registered for self-service password reset can utilize this feature.

For more information, see Azure AD password reset from the login screen.


March 2018

Certificate expire notification

Type: Fixed
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: SSO

Azure AD sends a notification when a certificate for a gallery or non-gallery application is about to expire.

Some users did not receive notifications for enterprise applications configured for SAML-based single sign-on. This issue was resolved. Azure AD sends notification for certificates expiring in 7, 30 and 60 days. You are able to see this event in the audit logs.

For more information, see:


Twitter and GitHub identity providers in Azure AD B2C

Type: New feature
Service category: B2C - Consumer Identity Management
Product capability: B2B/B2C

You can now add Twitter or GitHub as an identity provider in Azure AD B2C. Twitter is moving from public preview to GA. GitHub is being released in public preview.

For more information, see What is Azure AD B2B collaboration?.


Restrict browser access using Intune Managed Browser with Azure AD application-based conditional access for iOS and Android

Type: New feature
Service category: Conditional Access
Product capability: Identity Security & Protection

Now in public preview!

Intune Managed Browser SSO: Your employees can use single sign-on across native clients (like Microsoft Outlook) and the Intune Managed Browser for all Azure AD-connected apps.

Intune Managed Browser Conditional Access Support: You can now require employees to use the Intune Managed browser using application-based conditional access policies.

Read more about this in our blog post.

For more information, see:


App Proxy Cmdlets in Powershell GA Module

Type: New feature
Service category: App Proxy
Product capability: Access Control

Support for Application Proxy cmdlets is now in the Powershell GA Module! Please note that this does require you to stay updated on Powershell modules - if you become more than a year behind, some cmdlets may stop working.

For more information, see AzureAD.


Office 365 native clients are supported by Seamless SSO using a non-interactive protocol

Type: New feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

User using Office 365 native clients (version 16.0.8730.xxxx and above) get a silent sign-on experience using Seamless SSO. This support is provided by the addition a non-interactive protocol (WS-Trust) to Azure AD.

For more information, see How does sign-in on a native client with Seamless SSO work?


Users get a silent sign-on experience, with Seamless SSO, if an application sends sign-in requests to Azure AD's tenanted endpoints

Type: New feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

Users get a silent sign-on experience, with Seamless SSO, if an application (for example, https://contoso.sharepoint.com) sends sign-in requests to Azure AD's tenant endpoints - that is, https://login.microsoftonline.com/contoso.com/<..> or https://login.microsoftonline.com/<tenant_ID>/<..> - instead of Azure AD's common endpoint (https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/<...>).

For more information, see Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On.


Need to add only one Azure AD URL, instead of two URLs previously, to users' Intranet zone settings to roll out Seamless SSO

Type: New feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

To roll out Seamless SSO to your users, you need to add only one Azure AD URL to the users' Intranet zone settings by using group policy in Active Directory: https://autologon.microsoftazuread-sso.com. Previously, customers were required to add two URLs.

For more information, see Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On.


Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In March 2018 we have added following 15 new apps in our App gallery with Federation support:

Boxcryptor, CylancePROTECT, Wrike, SignalFx, Assistant by FirstAgenda, YardiOne, Vtiger CRM, inwink, Amplitude, Spacio, ContractWorks, Bersin, Mercell, Trisotech Digital Enterprise Server, Qumu Cloud.

You can find the documentation for all the applications here: https://aka.ms/appstutorial


PIM for Azure Resources is generally available

Type: New feature
Service category: Privileged Identity Management
Product capability: Privileged Identity Management

If you are using Azure AD Privileged Identity Management for directory roles, you can now use PIM's time-bound access and assignment capabilities for Azure Resource roles such as Subscriptions, Resource Groups, Virtual Machines, and any other resource supported by Azure Resource Manager. Enforce Multi-Factor Authentication when activating roles Just-In-Time, and schedule activations in coordination with approved change windows. In addition, this release adds enhancements not available during public preview including an updated UI, approval workflows, and the ability to extend roles expiring soon and renew expired roles.

For more information, see PIM for Azure resources (Preview)


Adding Optional Claims to your apps tokens (public preview)

Type: New feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

Your Azure AD app can now request custom or optional claims in JWTs or SAML tokens. These are claims about the user or tenant that are not included by default in the token, due to size or applicability constraints. This is currently in public preview for Azure AD apps on the v1.0 and v2.0 endpoints. See the documentation for information on what claims can be added and how to edit your application manifest to request them.

For more information, see Optional claims in Azure AD.


Azure AD supports PKCE for more secure OAuth flows

Type: New feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

Azure AD docs have been updated to note support for PKCE, which allows for more secure communication during the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code grant flow. Both S256 and plaintext code_challenges are supported on the v1.0 and v2.0 endpoints.

For more information, see Request an authorization code.


Support for provisioning all user attribute values available in the Workday Get_Workers API

Type: New feature
Service category: App Provisioning
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

The public preview of inbound provisioning from Workday to Active Directory and Azure AD now supports the ability to extract and provisioning all attribute values available in the Workday Get_Workers API. This adds supports for hundreds of additional standard and custom attributes beyond the ones shipped with the initial version of the Workday inbound provisioning connector.

For more information, see: Customizing the list of Workday user attributes


Changing group membership from dynamic to static, and vice versa

Type: New feature
Service category: Group Management
Product capability: Collaboration

It is possible to change how membership is managed in a group. This is useful when you want to keep the same group name and ID in the system, so any existing references to the group are still valid; creating a new group would require updating those references. We've updated the Azure AD Admin center to add support this functionality. Now, customers can convert existing groups from dynamic membership to assigned membership and vice-versa. The existing PowerShell cmdlets are also still available.

For more information, see Changing dynamic membership to static and vice-versa


Improved sign-out behavior with Seamless SSO

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User Authentication

Previously, even if users explicitly signed out of an application secured by Azure AD, they would be automatically signed back in using Seamless SSO if they were trying to access an Azure AD application again within their corpnet from their domain joined devices. With this change, sign out is supported. This allows users to choose the same or different Azure AD account to sign back in with, instead of being automatically signed in using Seamless SSO.

For more information, see Azure Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On


Application Proxy Connector Version 1.5.402.0 Released

Type: Changed feature
Service category: App Proxy
Product capability: Identity Security & Protection

This connector version is gradually being rolled out through November. This new connector version includes the following changes:

  • The connector now sets domain level cookies instead sub-domain level. This ensures a smoother SSO experience and avoids redundant authentication prompts.
  • Support for chunked encoding requests
  • Improved connector health monitoring
  • Several bug fixes and stability improvements

For more information, see Understand Azure AD Application Proxy connectors.


February 2018

Improved navigation for managing users and groups

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Directory Management
Product capability: Directory

The navigation experience for managing users and groups has been streamlined. You can now navigate from the directory overview directly to the list of all users, with easier access to the list of deleted users. You can also navigate from the directory overview directly to the list of all groups, with easier access to group management settings. And also from the directory overview page, you can search for a user, group, enterprise application, or app registration.


Availability of sign-ins and audit reports in Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet (Azure China 21Vianet)

Type: New feature
Service category: Sovereign Clouds
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

Azure AD Activity log reports are now available in Microsoft Azure operated by 21Vianet (Azure China 21Vianet) instances. The following logs are included:

  • Sign-ins activity logs - Includes all the sign-ins logs associated with your tenant.

  • Self service Password Audit Logs - Includes all the SSPR audit logs.

  • Directory Management Audit logs - Includes all the directory management related audit logs like User management, App Management, and others.

With these logs, you can gain insights into how your environment is doing. The provided data enables you to:

  • Determine how your apps and services are utilized by your users.

  • Troubleshoot issues preventing your users from getting their work done.

For more information about how to use these reports, see Azure Active Directory reporting.


Use "Report Reader" role (non-admin role) to view Azure AD Activity Reports

Type: New feature
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Monitoring & Reporting

As part of customers feedback to enable non-admin roles to have access to Azure AD activity logs, we have enabled the ability for users who are in the "Report Reader" role to access Sign-ins and Audit activity within the Azure Portal as well as using our Graph APIs.

For more information, how to use these reports, see Azure Active Directory reporting.


EmployeeID claim available as user attribute and user identifier

Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: SSO

You can configure EmployeeID as the User identifier and User attribute for member users and B2B guests in SAML-based sign-on applications from the Enterprise application UI.

For more information, see Customizing claims issued in the SAML token for enterprise applications in Azure Active Directory.


Simplified Application Management using Wildcards in Azure AD Application Proxy

Type: New feature
Service category: App Proxy
Product capability: User Authentication

To make application deployment easier and reduce your administrative overhead, we now support the ability to publish applications using wildcards. To publish a wildcard application, you can follow the standard application publishing flow, but use a wildcard in the internal and external URLs.

For more information, see Wildcard applications in the Azure Active Directory application proxy


New cmdlets to support configuration of Application Proxy

Type: New feature
Service category: App Proxy
Product capability: Platform

The latest release of the AzureAD PowerShell Preview module contains new cmdlets that allows customers to configure Application Proxy Applications using PowerShell.

The new cmdlets are:

  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyApplication
  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyApplicationConnectorGroup
  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyConnector
  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorGroup
  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorGroupMembers
  • Get-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorMemberOf
  • New-AzureADApplicationProxyApplication
  • New-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorGroup
  • Remove-AzureADApplicationProxyApplication
  • Remove-AzureADApplicationProxyApplicationConnectorGroup
  • Remove-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorGroup
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyApplication
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyApplicationConnectorGroup
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyApplicationCustomDomainCertificate
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyApplicationSingleSignOn
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyConnector
  • Set-AzureADApplicationProxyConnectorGroup

New cmdlets to support configuration of groups

Type: New feature
Service category: App Proxy
Product capability: Platform

The latest release of the AzureAD PowerShell module contains cmdlets to manage groups in Azure AD. These cmdlets were previously available in the AzureADPreview module and are now added to the AzureAD module

The Group cmdlets that are now release for General Availability are:

  • Get-AzureADMSGroup
  • New-AzureADMSGroup
  • Remove-AzureADMSGroup
  • Set-AzureADMSGroup
  • Get-AzureADMSGroupLifecyclePolicy
  • New-AzureADMSGroupLifecyclePolicy
  • Remove-AzureADMSGroupLifecyclePolicy
  • Add-AzureADMSLifecyclePolicyGroup
  • Remove-AzureADMSLifecyclePolicyGroup
  • Reset-AzureADMSLifeCycleGroup
  • Get-AzureADMSLifecyclePolicyGroup

A new release of Azure AD Connect is available

Type: New feature
Service category: AD Sync
Product capability: Platform

Azure AD Connect is the preferred tool to synchronize data between Azure AD and on premises data sources, including Windows Server Active Directory and LDAP.

Important

This build introduces schema and sync rule changes. The Azure AD Connect Synchronization Service triggers a Full Import and Full Synchronization steps after an upgrade. For information on how to change this behavior, see How to defer full synchronization after upgrade.

This release has the following updates and changes:

Fixed issues

  • Fix timing window on background tasks for Partition Filtering page when switching to next page.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Access violation during the ConfigDB custom action.
  • Fixed a bug to recover from sql connection timeout.
  • Fixed a bug where certificates with SAN wildcards fail pre-req check.
  • Fixed a bug which causes miiserver.exe crash during AAD connector export.
  • Fixed a bug which bad password attempt logged on DC when running AAD connect wizard to change configuration

New features and improvements

  • Application telemetry - Administrators can switch this class of data on/off.

  • Azure AD Health data - Administrators must visit the health portal to control their health settings. Once the service policy has been changed, the agents will read and enforce it.

  • Added device writeback configuration actions and a progress bar for page initialization.

  • Improved general diagnostics with HTML report and full data collection in a ZIP-Text / HTML Report.

  • Improved reliability of auto upgrade and added additional telemetry to ensure the health of the server can be determined.

  • Restrict permissions available to privileged accounts on AD Connector account. For new installations, the wizard restricts the permissions that privileged accounts have on the MSOL account after creating the MSOL account. The changes affect express installations and custom installations with Auto-Create account.

  • Changed the installer to not require SA privilege on clean install of AADConnect.

  • New utility to troubleshoot synchronization issues for a specific object. Currently, the utility checks for the following:

    • UserPrincipalName mismatch between synchronized user object and the user account in Azure AD Tenant.

    • If the object is filtered from synchronization due to domain filtering

    • If the object is filtered from synchronization due to organizational unit (OU) filtering

  • New utility to synchronize the current password hash stored in the on-premises Active Directory for a specific user account. The utility does not require a password change.


Applications supporting Intune App Protection policies added for use with Azure AD application-based conditional access

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Conditional Access
Product capability: Identity Security & Protection

We have added more applications that support application-based conditional access. Now, you can get access to Office 365 and other Azure AD-connected cloud apps using these approved client apps.

The following applications will be added by the end of February

  • Microsoft PowerBI

  • Microsoft Launcher

  • Microsoft Invoicing

For more information, see:


Terms of Use update to mobile experience

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Terms of Use
Product capability: Compliance

When the terms of use are displayed, you can now click Having trouble viewing? Click here. Clicking this link opens the terms of use natively on your device. Regardless of the font size in the document or the screen size of device, you can zoom and read the document as needed.


January 2018

Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise Apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In January 2018, the following new apps with federation support were added in the App gallery :

IBM OpenPages, OneTrust Privacy Management Software, Dealpath, IriusRisk Federated Directory and Fidelity NetBenefits.

For a complete overview of all available tutorials, see SaaS application integration with Azure Active Directory.


Sign-in with additional risk detected

Type: New feature
Service category: Identity Protection
Product capability: Identity Security & Protection

The insight you get for a detected risk event is tied to your Azure AD subscription. With the Azure AD Premium P2 edition, you get the most detailed information about all underlying detections.

With the Azure AD Premium P1 edition, detections that are not covered by your license appear as the risk event Sign-in with additional risk detected.

For more information, see Azure Active Directory risk events.


Hide Office 365 applications from end user's access panels

Type: New feature
Service category: My Apps
Product capability: SSO

You can now better manage how Office 365 applications show up on your user's access panels through a new user setting. This option is helpful for reducing the amount of apps in a user's access panels if you prefer to only show Office apps in the Office portal. The setting is located in the User Settings and is labeled Users can only see Office 365 apps in the Office 365 portal.

For more information, see Hide an application from user's experience in Azure Active Directory.


Seamless sign into apps enabled for Password SSO directly from app's URL

Type: New feature
Service category: My Apps
Product capability: SSO

The My Apps browser extension is now available via a convenient tool that gives you the My Apps single-sign on capability as a shortcut in your browser. After installing user's will see a waffle icon in their browser that provides them quick access to apps. Users can now take advantage of:

  • The ability to directly sign in to password-SSO based apps from the app’s login page
  • Launch any app using the quick search feature
  • Shortcuts to recently used apps from the extension
  • The extension is available for Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

For more information, see My Apps Secure Sign-in Extension.


Azure AD administration experience in Azure classic portal has been retired

Type: Deprecated
Service category: Azure AD
Product capability: Directory

As of January 8, 2018, the Azure AD administration experience in the Azure classic portal has been retired. This took place in conjunction with the retirement of the Azure classic portal itself. Going forward, you should use the Azure AD admin center for all your portal-based administration of Azure AD.


The PhoneFactor web portal has been retired

Type: Deprecated
Service category: Azure AD
Product capability: Directory

As of January 8, 2018, the PhoneFactor web portal has been retired. This portal was used for the administration of MFA server, but those functions have been moved into the Azure portal at portal.azure.com.

The MFA configuration is located at: Azure Active Directory > MFA Server


Deprecate Azure AD reports

Type: Deprecated
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Identity Lifecycle Management

With the general availability of the new Azure Active Directory Administration console and new APIs now available for both activity and security reports, the report APIs under "/reports" endpoint have been retired as of end of December 31, 2017.

What's available?

As part of the transition to the new admin console, we have made 2 new APIs available for retrieving Azure AD Activity Logs. The new set of APIs provide richer filtering and sorting functionality in addition to providing richer audit and sign-in activities. The data previously available through the security reports can now be accessed through the Identity Protection risk events API in Microsoft Graph.

For more information, see:


December 2017

Terms of use in the Access Panel

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of use
Product capability: Compliance

You now can go to the Access Panel and view the terms of use that you previously accepted.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the MyApps portal, and sign in.

  2. In the upper-right corner, select your name, and then select Profile from the list.

  3. On your Profile, select Review terms of use.

  4. Now you can review the terms of use you accepted.

For more information, see the Azure AD terms of use feature (preview).


New Azure AD sign-in experience

Type: New feature
Service category: Azure AD
Product capability: User authentication

The Azure AD and Microsoft account identity system UIs were redesigned so that they have a consistent look and feel. In addition, the Azure AD sign-in page collects the user name first, followed by the credential on a second screen.

For more information, see The new Azure AD sign-in experience is now in public preview.


Fewer sign-in prompts: A new "keep me signed in" experience for Azure AD sign-in

Type: New feature
Service category: Azure AD
Product capability: User authentication

The Keep me signed in check box on the Azure AD sign-in page was replaced with a new prompt that shows up after you successfully authenticate.

If you respond Yes to this prompt, the service gives you a persistent refresh token. This behavior is the same as when you selected the Keep me signed in check box in the old experience. For federated tenants, this prompt shows after you successfully authenticate with the federated service.

For more information, see Fewer sign-in prompts: The new "keep me signed in" experience for Azure AD is in preview.


Add configuration to require the terms of use to be expanded prior to accepting

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of use
Product capability: Compliance

An option for administrators requires their users to expand the terms of use prior to accepting the terms.

Select either On or Off to require users to expand the terms of use. The On setting requires users to view the terms of use prior to accepting them.

For more information, see the Azure AD terms of use feature (preview).


Scoped activation for eligible role assignments

Type: New feature
Service category: Privileged Identity Management
Product capability: Privileged Identity Management

You can use scoped activation to activate eligible Azure resource role assignments with less autonomy than the original assignment defaults. An example is if you're assigned as the owner of a subscription in your tenant. With scoped activation, you can activate the owner role for up to five resources contained within the subscription (such as resource groups and virtual machines). Scoping your activation might reduce the possibility of executing unwanted changes to critical Azure resources.

For more information, see What is Azure AD Privileged Identity Management?.


Type: New feature
Service category: Enterprise apps
Product capability: 3rd Party Integration

In December 2017, the following new apps with federation support were added in the app gallery:

Accredible, Adobe Experience Manager, EFI Digital StoreFront, Communifire CybSafe, FactSet, IMAGE WORKS, MOBI, MobileIron Azure AD integration, Reflektive, SAML SSO for Bamboo by resolution GmbH, SAML SSO for Bitbucket by resolution GmbH, Vodeclic, WebHR, Zenegy Azure AD Integration.

For a complete overview of all available tutorials, see SaaS application integration with Azure Active Directory.


Approval workflows for Azure AD directory roles

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Privileged Identity Management
Product capability: Privileged Identity Management

Approval workflow for Azure AD directory roles is generally available.

With approval workflow, privileged-role administrators can require eligible-role members to request role activation before they can use the privileged role. Multiple users and groups can be delegated approval responsibilities. Eligible role members receive notifications when approval is finished and their role is active.


Pass-through authentication: Skype for Business support

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Authentications (Logins)
Product capability: User authentication

Pass-through authentication now supports user sign-ins to Skype for Business client applications that support modern authentication, which includes online and hybrid topologies.

For more information, see Skype for Business topologies supported with modern authentication.


Updates to Azure AD Privileged Identity Management for Azure RBAC (preview)

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Privileged Identity Management
Product capability: Privileged Identity Management

With the public preview refresh of Azure AD Privileged Identity Management (PIM) for Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), you can now:

  • Use Just Enough Administration.
  • Require approval to activate resource roles.
  • Schedule a future activation of a role that requires approval for both Azure AD and Azure RBAC roles.

For more information, see Privileged Identity Management for Azure resources (preview).


November 2017

Access Control service retirement

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Access Control service
Product capability: Access Control service

Azure Active Directory Access Control (also known as the Access Control service) will be retired in late 2018. More information that includes a detailed schedule and high-level migration guidance will be provided in the next few weeks. You can leave comments on this page with any questions about the Access Control service, and a team member will answer them.


Restrict browser access to the Intune Managed Browser

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Conditional access
Product capability: Identity security and protection

You can restrict browser access to Office 365 and other Azure AD-connected cloud apps by using the Intune Managed Browser as an approved app.

You now can configure the following condition for application-based conditional access:

Client apps: Browser

What is the effect of the change?

Today, access is blocked when you use this condition. When the preview is available, all access will require the use of the managed browser application.

Look for this capability and more information in upcoming blogs and release notes.

For more information, see Conditional access in Azure AD.


New approved client apps for Azure AD app-based conditional access

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Conditional access
Product capability: Identity security and protection

The following apps are planned to be added to the list of approved client apps:

For more information, see:


Terms-of-use support for multiple languages

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of use
Product capability: Compliance

Administrators now can create new terms of use that contain multiple PDF documents. You can tag these PDF documents with a corresponding language. Users are shown the PDF with the matching language based on their preferences. If there is no match, the default language is shown.


Real-time password writeback client status

Type: New feature
Service category: Self-service password reset
Product capability: User authentication

You now can review the status of your on-premises password writeback client. This option is available in the On-premises integration section of the Password reset page.

If there are issues with your connection to your on-premises writeback client, you see an error message that provides you with:

  • Information on why you can't connect to your on-premises writeback client.
  • A link to documentation that assists you in resolving the issue.

For more information, see on-premises integration.


Azure AD app-based conditional access

Type: New feature
Service category: Azure AD
Product capability: Identity security and protection

You now can restrict access to Office 365 and other Azure AD-connected cloud apps to approved client apps that support Intune app protection policies by using Azure AD app-based conditional access. Intune app protection policies are used to configure and protect company data on these client applications.

By combining app-based with device-based conditional access policies, you have the flexibility to protect data for personal and company devices.

The following conditions and controls are now available for use with app-based conditional access:

Supported platform condition

  • iOS
  • Android

Client apps condition

  • Mobile apps and desktop clients

Access control

  • Require approved client app

For more information, see Azure AD app-based conditional access.


Manage Azure AD devices in the Azure portal

Type: New feature
Service category: Device registration and management
Product capability: Identity security and protection

You now can find all your devices connected to Azure AD and the device-related activities in one place. There is a new administration experience to manage all your device identities and settings in the Azure portal. In this release, you can:

  • View all your devices that are available for conditional access in Azure AD.
  • View properties, which include your hybrid Azure AD-joined devices.
  • Find BitLocker keys for your Azure AD-joined devices, manage your device with Intune, and more.
  • Manage Azure AD device-related settings.

For more information, see Manage devices by using the Azure portal.


Support for macOS as a device platform for Azure AD conditional access

Type: New feature
Service category: Conditional access
Product capability: Identity security and protection

You now can include (or exclude) macOS as a device platform condition in your Azure AD conditional access policy. With the addition of macOS to the supported device platforms, you can:

  • Enroll and manage macOS devices by using Intune. Similar to other platforms like iOS and Android, a company portal application is available for macOS to do unified enrollments. You can use the new company portal app for macOS to enroll a device with Intune and register it with Azure AD.
  • Ensure macOS devices adhere to your organization's compliance policies defined in Intune. In Intune on the Azure portal, you now can set up compliance policies for macOS devices.
  • Restrict access to applications in Azure AD to only compliant macOS devices. Conditional access policy authoring has macOS as a separate device platform option. Now you can author macOS-specific conditional access policies for the targeted application set in Azure.

For more information, see:


Network Policy Server extension for Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

Type: New feature
Service category: Multi-factor authentication
Product capability: User authentication

The Network Policy Server extension for Azure Multi-Factor Authentication adds cloud-based multi-factor authentication capabilities to your authentication infrastructure by using your existing servers. With the Network Policy Server extension, you can add phone call, text message, or phone app verification to your existing authentication flow. You don't have to install, configure, and maintain new servers.

This extension was created for organizations that want to protect virtual private network connections without deploying the Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Server. The Network Policy Server extension acts as an adapter between RADIUS and cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication to provide a second factor of authentication for federated or synced users.

For more information, see Integrate your existing Network Policy Server infrastructure with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication.


Restore or permanently remove deleted users

Type: New feature
Service category: User management
Product capability: Directory

In the Azure AD admin center, you can now:

  • Restore a deleted user.
  • Permanently delete a user.

To try it out:

  1. In the Azure AD admin center, select All users in the Manage section.

  2. From the Show list, select Recently deleted users.

  3. Select one or more recently deleted users, and then either restore them or permanently delete them.


New approved client apps for Azure AD app-based conditional access

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Conditional access
Product capability: Identity security and protection

The following apps were added to the list of approved client apps:

  • Microsoft Planner
  • Azure Information Protection

For more information, see:


Use "OR" between controls in a conditional access policy

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Conditional access
Product capability: Identity security and protection

You now can use "OR" (require one of the selected controls) for conditional access controls. You can use this feature to create policies with "OR" between access controls. For example, you can use this feature to create a policy that requires a user to sign in by using multi-factor authentication "OR" to be on a compliant device.

For more information, see Controls in Azure AD conditional access.


Aggregation of real-time risk events

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Identity protection
Product capability: Identity security and protection

In Azure AD Identity Protection, all real-time risk events that originated from the same IP address on a given day are now aggregated for each risk event type. This change limits the volume of risk events shown without any change in user security.

The underlying real-time detection works each time the user signs in. If you have a sign-in risk security policy set up to multi-factor authentication or block access, it is still triggered during each risky sign-in.


October 2017

Deprecate Azure AD reports

Type: Plan for change
Service category: Reporting
Product capability: Identity Lifecycle Management

The Azure portal provides you with:

  • A new Azure AD administration console.
  • New APIs for activity and security reports.

Due to these new capabilities, the report APIs under the /reports endpoint were retired on December 10, 2017.


Automatic sign-in field detection

Type: Fixed
Service category: My Apps
Product capability: Single sign-on

Azure AD supports automatic sign-in field detection for applications that render an HTML user name and password field. These steps are documented in How to automatically capture sign-in fields for an application. You can find this capability by adding a Non-Gallery application on the Enterprise Applications page in the Azure portal. Additionally, you can configure the Single Sign-on mode on this new application to Password-based Single Sign-on, enter a web URL, and then save the page.

Due to a service issue, this functionality was temporarily disabled. The issue was resolved, and the automatic sign-in field detection is available again.


New multi-factor authentication features

Type: New feature
Service category: Multi-factor authentication
Product capability: Identity security and protection

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an essential part of protecting your organization. To make credentials more adaptive and the experience more seamless, the following features were added:

  • Multi-factor challenge results are directly integrated into the Azure AD sign-in report, which includes programmatic access to MFA results.
  • The MFA configuration is more deeply integrated into the Azure AD configuration experience in the Azure portal.

With this public preview, MFA management and reporting are an integrated part of the core Azure AD configuration experience. Now you can manage the MFA management portal functionality within the Azure AD experience.

For more information, see Reference for MFA reporting in the Azure portal.


Terms of use

Type: New feature
Service category: Terms of use
Product capability: Compliance

You can use Azure AD terms of use to present information such as relevant disclaimers for legal or compliance requirements to users.

You can use Azure AD terms of use in the following scenarios:

  • General terms of use for all users in your organization
  • Specific terms of use based on a user's attributes (for example, doctors vs. nurses or domestic vs. international employees, done by dynamic groups)
  • Specific terms of use for accessing high-impact business apps, like Salesforce

For more information, see Azure AD terms of use.


Enhancements to Privileged Identity Management

Type: New feature
Service category: Privileged Identity Management
Product capability: Privileged Identity Management

With Azure AD Privileged Identity Management, you can manage, control, and monitor access to Azure resources (preview) within your organization to:

  • Subscriptions
  • Resource groups
  • Virtual machines

All resources within the Azure portal that use the Azure RBAC functionality can take advantage of all the security and lifecycle management capabilities that Azure AD Privileged Identity Management has to offer.

For more information, see Privileged Identity Management for Azure resources.


Access reviews

Type: New feature
Service category: Access reviews
Product capability: Compliance

Organizations can use access reviews (preview) to efficiently manage group memberships and access to enterprise applications:

  • You can recertify guest user access by using access reviews of their access to applications and memberships of groups. Reviewers can efficiently decide whether to allow guests continued access based on the insights provided by the access reviews.
  • You can recertify employee access to applications and group memberships with access reviews.

You can collect the access review controls into programs relevant for your organization to track reviews for compliance or risk-sensitive applications.

For more information, see Azure AD access reviews.


Hide third-party applications from My Apps and the Office 365 app launcher

Type: New feature
Service category: My Apps
Product capability: Single sign-on

You now can better manage apps that show up on your users' portals through a new hide app property. You can hide apps to help in cases where app tiles show up for back-end services or duplicate tiles and clutter users' app launchers. The toggle is in the Properties section of the third-party app and is labeled Visible to user? You also can hide an app programmatically through PowerShell.

For more information, see Hide a third-party application from a user's experience in Azure AD.

What's available?

As part of the transition to the new admin console, two new APIs for retrieving Azure AD activity logs are available. The new set of APIs provides richer filtering and sorting functionality in addition to providing richer audit and sign-in activities. The data previously available through the security reports now can be accessed through the Identity Protection Risk Events API in Microsoft Graph.

September 2017

Hotfix for Identity Manager

Type: Changed feature
Service category: Identity Manager
Product capability: Identity lifecycle management

A hotfix roll-up package (build 4.4.1642.0) is available as of September 25, 2017, for Identity Manager 2016 Service Pack 1. This roll-up package:

  • Resolves issues and adds improvements.
  • Is a cumulative update that replaces all Identity Manager 2016 Service Pack 1 updates up to build 4.4.1459.0 for Identity Manager 2016.
  • Requires you to have Identity Manager 2016 build 4.4.1302.0.

For more information, see Hotfix rollup package (build 4.4.1642.0) is available for Identity Manager 2016 Service Pack 1.