Complete an access review of groups and applications in Azure AD access reviews

As an administrator, you create an access review of groups or applications and reviewers perform the access review. This article describes how to see the results of the access review and apply the results.


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  • Azure AD Premium P2
  • Global administrator, User administrator, Security administrator, or Security reader

For more information, see License requirements.

View an access review

You can track the progress as the reviewers complete their reviews.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal and open the Identity Governance page.

  2. In the left menu, click Access reviews.

  3. In the list, click an access review.

    To view a series of access reviews, navigate to the access review, and you will find upcoming occurrences in Scheduled reviews.

    On the Overview page, you can see the progress. No access rights are changed in the directory until the review is completed.

    Access reviews progress

  4. If you want to stop an access review before it has reached the scheduled end date, click the Stop button.

    When stop a review, reviewers will no longer be able to give responses. You can't restart a review after it's stopped.

  5. If you're no longer interested in the access review, you can delete it by clicking the Delete button.

Apply the changes

If Auto apply results to resource was enabled and based on your selections in Upon completion settings, auto-apply will be executed after the review's end date or when you manually stop the review.

If Auto apply results to resource wasn't enabled for the review, click Apply to manually apply the changes. If a user's access was denied in the review, when you click Apply, Azure AD removes their membership or application assignment.

Apply access review changes

The status of the review will change from Completed through intermediate states such as Applying and finally to state Result applied. You should expect to see denied users, if any, being removed from the group membership or application assignment in a few minutes.

A configured auto applying review, or selecting Apply doesn't have an effect on a group that originates in an on-premises directory or a dynamic group. If you want to change a group that originates on-premises, download the results and apply those changes to the representation of the group in that directory.

Retrieve the results

To view the results for a one-time access review, click the Results page. To view just a user's access, in the Search box, type the display name or user principal name of a user whose access was reviewed.

Retrieve results for an access review

To view the progress of an active access review that is recurring, click on the Results page.

To view the results of a completed instance of an access review that is recurring, click Review history, then select the specific instance from the list of completed access review instances, based on the instance's start and end date. The results of this instance can be obtained from the Results page.

To retrieve all the results of an access review, click the Download button. The resulting CSV file can be viewed in Excel or in other programs that open UTF-8 encoded CSV files.

Remove users from an access review

By default, a deleted user will remain deleted in Azure AD for 30 days, during which time they can be restored by an administrator if necessary. After 30 days, that user is permanently deleted. In addition, using the Azure Active Directory portal, a Global Administrator can explicitly permanently delete a recently deleted user before that time period is reached. One a user has been permanently deleted, subsequently data about that user will be removed from active access reviews. Audit information about deleted users remains in the audit log.

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