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We’ve received a lot of feedback from partners and customers about the challenges of managing multiple Microsoft cloud orgs. Partners manage anywhere from two to hundreds of orgs, and many enterprises use multiple orgs for compliance or logistical reasons. In these scenarios, switching between multiple orgs is done several times a day every day. In response to this feedback, we started looking at ways to improve the management experience for admins that manage multiple orgs.

 

Today, we are announcing a new feature in the Microsoft 365 admin center called the organization switcher, the first of many changes coming for admins who manage multiple organizations. The organization switcher allows you to seamlessly switch between organizations that you manage. Today’s release supports admins that are the partner of record (Associated Partner) for a Microsoft cloud org.

 

We’re also in the process of adding support for admins that are invited to manage an org through Azure B2B. Support for other scenarios are also coming soon, including support for enterprise scenarios, test environments (e.g., pre-production and production orgs), and mergers and acquisitions scenarios.

Accessing the Organization Switcher

If you have been designated partner of record (Associated Partner) for a Microsoft cloud org, you will see a new double-arrow switcher icon in the upper left-hand corner of the Microsoft 365 admin center next to the org’s name.

 

Organization switcher icon in the Microsoft 365 admin centerOrganization switcher icon in the Microsoft 365 admin center

 

Select the org name/icon, and then choose the organization you want to manage.

 

Choose the organization you want to manageChoose the organization you want to manage

 

Pinning Organizations

Some admins manage many orgs, but only a small number of orgs on a frequent basis. In that scenario, the ability to pin a tenant to the top of the list lets you to quickly access the orgs you manage most frequently.

 

Pin an organization you use frequently to access it quicklyPin an organization you use frequently to access it quickly

 

Search for Organizations

When the list is long, it becomes harder to find what you are looking for. You can search for the org by its name or domain name to make it easy to find the org you want to manage.

 

Use search to quickly find an organizationUse search to quickly find an organization

 

More to come

This is the first of many new features coming that are designed to improve the management experience for partners and customers that manage multiple Microsoft cloud orgs. As always, we’d love your feedback, so if you are a partner of record for multiple Microsoft cloud orgs, please try the organization switcher and let us know what you think!

 

--The Microsoft 365 admin center team

8 Comments
Occasional Contributor

Very interesting! Which features would be possible to manage?

Occasional Visitor

Finally! This looks like the similar experience which exists for Azure Lighthouse, correct? 

New Contributor

I don't see this functionality yet, whether using the "new admin center" or not.

 

Will this include, or is anything being done to include the functionality that is missing when using delegated admin?  Specifically, the "Security & Compliance" admin center is missing when using the current organization switcher.

 

Finally, what is being done to provide for fine-grained access controls?  I.E., only allowing staff on "group A" in my partner organization to access the administration of one set of customers, and only allowing staff on "group B" in my partner organization to access the administration of another set of customers?

Occasional Visitor

I don't see the functionality of organization switcher.

New Contributor

This is great. Cannot wait for it to happen for B2B aswell. So we can administer our companies this way.

Senior Member

Hi @Scott Schnoll I do not see such switcher.
I'm a global admin on few tenants.

Occasional Contributor

This is great news for the Gui users out there - I had seen this from the Partner portal and hadn't noticed it in the actual admin.microsoft.com site.

If you click through to the exchange admin center you get prompted to use the new Exchange admin center and selecting that will dump you back to the original partner's exchange portal which is a shame.

The classic Exchange portal seems to work using the switcher AND you can now convert a regular mailbox into a shared mailbox and back again which was not possible in the old Partner portal delegation model.

 

Is there going to be a change for delegated access with powershell? We currently need individual named accounts in each tenant so we can run powershell scripts (which is the best way to keep an MSP efficient and having reproducible steps)

Also it doesn't appear to have the same functionality for Azure subscriptions - is that meant to be covered by switching subscriptions?

 

 

 

New Contributor

What are the requirements to display the different tenants in Organization Switcher?