New capability simplifies bulk management for users and groups
Published Oct 07 2019 09:00 AM 22.5K Views

Howdy folks,


I’m excited to announce the public preview of a capability to help you easily perform bulk management activities on users and groups in the Azure AD administration portal by uploading a CSV file. In addition, you can download a CSV file that lists the users, groups, or members of a group in Azure AD. With this new capability, you can complete ad-hoc tasks without having to write a PowerShell script or use repetitive manual steps.


To try out these preview experiences, in the Azure AD administration portal navigate to an Users, Groups, or  Members page.


Bulk activity and download buttons on the All users page.Bulk activity and download buttons on the All users page.

You can perform six bulk activities by uploading a CSV file including:

Each bulk activity works for up to 50,000 users or group members.


To kick off a bulk activity on users or group members, just click the Bulk button in the command bar for the task that you need to complete.


Initiate bulk creation of new users.Initiate bulk creation of new users.

You can go to the Bulk operation results page to see if a bulk activity has started, is being processed, or is completed.


Bulk operation results page.Bulk operation results page.

Once you receive notification that the bulk activity is complete, you can easily download a CSV file containing a list of important Azure AD resources including:

For example, if you upload a CSV file to bulk create users, and some of the user names in your file already exist in your Azure AD, you can download a file that lets you see which user creation activities failed, and the reason for each failure. Simply click the Download button in the command bar, enter a name for your file, and then click Start.


Initiating download for the list of members in a group.Initiating download for the list of members in a group.

We always love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also let us know if there are aspects of the experience that could be easier to use, or new capabilities that you would like to see at our Active AD admin or Groups and dynamic groups UserVoice pages. During the preview you can also email the feature crew with your feedback.


Best regards,


Alex Simons (@Alex_A_Simons )

Corporate VP of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division


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