Activate my Azure AD roles in PIM

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Privileged Identity Management (PIM) simplifies how enterprises manage privileged access to resources in Azure AD and other Microsoft online services like Office 365 or Microsoft Intune.

If you have been made eligible for an administrative role, that means you can activate that role when you need to perform privileged actions. For example, if you occasionally manage Office 365 features, your organization's privileged role administrators may not make you a permanent Global Administrator, since that role impacts other services, too. Instead, they make you eligible for Azure AD roles such as Exchange Online Administrator. You can request to activate that role when you need its privileges, and then you'll have administrator control for a predetermined time period.

This article is for administrators who need to activate their Azure AD role in Privileged Identity Management.

Activate a role

When you need to take on an Azure AD role, you can request activation by using the My roles navigation option in Privileged Identity Management.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Open Azure AD Privileged Identity Management. For information about how to add the Privileged Identity Management tile to your dashboard, see Start using Privileged Identity Management.

  3. Click Azure AD roles.

  4. Click My roles to see a list of your eligible Azure AD roles.

    Azure AD roles - My roles showing eligible or active roles list

  5. Find a role that you want to activate.

    Azure AD roles - My eligible roles list showing Activate link

  6. Click Activate to open the Role activation details pane.

  7. If your role requires multi-factor authentication (MFA), click Verify your identity before proceeding. You only have to authenticate once per session.

    Verify my identity pane with MFA before role activation

  8. Click Verify my identity and follow the instructions to provide additional security verification.

    Additional security verification page asking how to contact you

  9. Click Activate to open the Activation pane.

    Activation pane to specify start time, duration, ticket, and reason

  10. If necessary, specify a custom activation start time.

  11. Specify the activation duration.

  12. In the Activation reason box, enter the reason for the activation request. Some roles require you to supply a trouble ticket number.

    Completed Activation pane with a custom start time, duration, ticket, and reason

  13. Click Activate.

    If the role does not require approval, an Activation status pane appears that displays the status of the activation.

    Activation status page showing the three stages of activation

    Once all the stages are complete, click the Sign out link to sign out of the Azure portal. When you sign back in to the portal, you can now use the role.

    If the role requires approval to activate, a notification will appear in the upper right corner of your browser informing you the request is pending approval.

    Activation request is pending approval notification

View the status of your requests

You can view the status of your pending requests to activate.

  1. Open Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.

  2. Click Azure AD roles.

  3. Click My requests to see a list of your requests.

    Azure AD roles - My requests list

Deactivate a role

Once a role has been activated, it automatically deactivates when its time limit (eligible duration) is reached.

If you complete your administrator tasks early, you can also deactivate a role manually in Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.

  1. Open Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.

  2. Click Azure AD roles.

  3. Click My roles.

  4. Click Active roles to see your list of active roles.

  5. Find the role you're done using and then click Deactivate.

Cancel a pending request

If you do not require activation of a role that requires approval, you can cancel a pending request at any time.

  1. Open Azure AD Privileged Identity Management.

  2. Click Azure AD roles.

  3. Click My requests.

  4. For the role that you want to cancel, click the Cancel button.

    When you click Cancel, the request will be canceled. To activate the role again, you will have to submit a new request for activation.

    My requests list with the Cancel button highlighted


Permissions are not granted after activating a role

When you activate a role in Privileged Identity Management, the activation may not instantly propagate to all portals that require the privileged role. Sometimes, even if the change is propagated, web caching in a portal may result in the change not taking effect immediately. If your activation is delayed, here is what you should do.

  1. Sign out of the Azure portal and then sign back in.

    When you activate an Azure AD role, you will see the stages of your activation. Once all the stages are complete, you will see a Sign out link. You can use this link to sign out. This will solve most cases for activation delay.

  2. In Privileged Identity Management, verify that you are listed as the member of the role.

Next steps