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Hey all,

Is there an option to authenticate guest users in meetings? As I understand it, I can have an online meeting with guest users but anyone with the link can access the meeting?

I sent a test meeting invite to my personal Gmail account. I could open the link and join the lobby. When I checked who was in the lobby I saw my name as in the lobby but also it was still waiting on my gmail account name so there was no link?
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Hi David, see article here

https://regarding365.com/invite-anyone-into-a-microsoft-teams-meeting-no-really-anyone-7f2fd04e3585

AFAIK, at the current time anyone with the link can join the meeting as anonymous users and go into the lobby - but the organiser or authenticated meeting user has to allow them in

Hope that answers your question!

Best, Chris
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Yeah! You was actually a anonymous user here! A guest user is someone that is invited to your organisation and have an authentication!
See here as well:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/meeting-policies-in-teams

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Thanks both. If I add the guest user as a guest in Azure AD, will that make them a guest user as opposed to anonymous?

The anonymous meeting works fine, I guess you're just relying on whatever name they enter in the lobby.
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Also keep in mind that you can set different options regarding lobby etc!!
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Also to keep in mind the ratio of guests to users in the tenant which I believe at the current time is 5:1

Best, Chris