Create a work account that links your company to your Partner Center account

Appropriate roles: Global admin | User management admin

Why you need a work account

Microsoft requires you to link your company's work account to your new Partner Center account. The link enables your account users to sign in to Partner Center with their work account user names and passwords.

The work account email address

Your work account or work email is the email address provided to you by your company. A work account email is usually in the format Personal email addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo aren't work email and can't be used for your Partner Center account.

If you have more than one valid work email address, use the one that is associated to your Corporate Headquarters rather than the regional department, for example, use your email rather than the address.


Before you use an existing work account, think about how many users in the work account will need to access Partner Center. If you have users in the work account who won't need access to Partner Center, consider creating a new account for only those users who will need Partner Center access.

Not sure if your company already has a work account?

If you're not sure whether your company has a work account, follow these steps to check. If you have an active subscription to Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you already have a work account.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select Azure Active Directory from the navigation menu and select Custom Domain Names.

  3. If you already have a work account, your domain name will be listed.

If your company doesn't already have a work account, you can create one during the enrollment process.

The diagram below provides steps for several typical scenarios:

  • determine if you have a work account
  • determine how to sign into your work account
  • determine if you need to create a new work account

Do you have a work account or do you need to create one?

For more information about adding domains in Azure AD, see Add or associate a domain in Azure AD

About Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform that companies can use to build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Companies use Azure to build a virtual IT infrastructure with virtual functions, or services, instead of physical machines.

When you purchase an Azure subscription, you're essentially renting a dedicated, secure space in the Azure public cloud, not too different from renting a floor in an office building to house your company's physical business. To the office building's owner, your company is a tenant.

An Azure work account is a dedicated and isolated virtual representation of your company in the Azure public cloud, created for you when you subscribe to a Microsoft cloud service such as Azure, Microsoft Intune, or Office 365.

Your work account hosts your Azure AD users and the information about them - their passwords, profile data, permissions, and so on. The work account also contains groups, applications, and other information pertaining to a company and its security.

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