View access assignments for users and groups in the Azure portal

With role-based access control (RBAC) in the Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), you can manage access to your Azure resources.

Access assigned with RBAC is fine-grained because there are two ways you can restrict the permissions:

  • Scope: RBAC role assignments are scoped to a specific subscription, resource group, or resource. A user given access to a single resource cannot access any other resources in the same subscription.
  • Role: Within the scope of the assignment, access is narrowed even further by assigning a role. Roles can be high-level, like owner, or specific, like virtual machine reader.

Roles can only be assigned from within the subscription, resource group, or resource that is the scope for the assignment. But you can view all the access assignments for a given user or group in a single place. You can have up to 2000 role assignments in each subscription.

Get more information about how to Use role assignments to manage access to your Azure subscription resources.

View access assignments

To look up the access assignments for a single user or group, start in Azure Active Directory in the Azure portal.

  1. Select Azure Active Directory. If this option is not visible on your navigation list, select More Services and then scroll down to find Azure Active Directory.
  2. Select Users and Groups, and then either All users or All groups. For this example, we focus on individual users. Manage users and groups in Azure Active Directory - screenshot
  3. Search for the user by name or username.
  4. Select Azure resources on the user blade. All the access assignments for that user appear.

Read permissions to view assignments

This page only shows the access assignments that you have permission to read. For example, you have read access to subscription A and go to the Azure resources blade to check a user's assignments. You can see her access assignments for subscription A, but can't see that she also has access assignments on subscription B.

Delete access assignments

From this blade, you can delete access assignments that were assigned directly to a user or group. If the access assignment was inherited from a parent group, you need to go to the resource or subscription and manage the assignment there.

  1. From the list of all the access assignments for a user or group, select the one you want to delete.
  2. Select Remove and then Yes to confirm. Remove access assignment - screenshot

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