Managing Azure AD User with Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph

Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph is a PowerShell module used to manage Azure Active Directory. Thanks to this module you can:

  • Retrieve data from the directory,
  • Create new objects,
  • Update existing objects,
  • Remove objects,
  • and configure the directory.

The Azure AD PowerShell for Graph module has two versions:

  • a Public preview version
  • a General Availability version. (

It’s not recommended to use the Public Preview version for production scenarios but you use it to test the PowerShell module.

Let’s see how to install the Preview Module. Open a PowerShell console as administrator:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Install-Module -Name AzureADPreview

Untrusted repository
You are installing the modules from an untrusted repository. If you trust this repository, change its InstallationPolicy value
 by running the Set-PSRepository cmdlet. Are you sure you want to install the modules from 'PSGallery'?
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "N"): Y
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

If you want to install the Public Module:

PS > Install-Module AzureAD

You must first connect the Connect-AzureAD cmdlet to connect to your Azure Active Directory:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Connect-AzureAD -TenantId xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

Account               Environment TenantId                             TenantDomain                    AccountType
-------               ----------- --------                             ------------                    -----------
yyyyyyyyyy@yyyyyy.yyy AzureCloud  xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx      User

Use the Get-Command cmdlet to retrieve all the AzureAD cmdlets:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> get-command -Module *AzureAD*

CommandType     Name                                               Version    Source
-----------     ----                                               -------    ------
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADAdministrativeUnitMember          AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADApplicationOwner                  AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADApplicationPolicy                 AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADDeviceRegisteredOwner             AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADDeviceRegisteredUser              AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADDirectoryRoleMember               AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADGroupMember                       AzureADPreview
Cmdlet          Add-AzureADGroupOwner                        AzureADPreview

Now I can easily retrieve information about my Azure AD Domain:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AzureADDomain | fl *

AuthenticationType : Managed
AvailabilityStatus :
ForceDeleteState   :
IsAdminManaged     : True
IsDefault          : True
IsInitial          : True
IsRoot             : True
IsVerified         : True
Name               :
State              :
SupportedServices  : {Email, OfficeCommunicationsOnline}

I can create a new Azure AD User account using the following command:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $PasswordProfile = New-Object -TypeName Microsoft.Open.AzureAD.Model.PasswordProfile
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $PasswordProfile.Password = "YOUR_PWD"
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> New-AzureADUser -AccountEnabled $True -DisplayName "Nico Prigent" -PasswordProfile $PasswordProfile -Ma
ilNickName "NicoP" -UserPrincipalName ""

ObjectId                             DisplayName  UserPrincipalName                    UserType
--------                             -----------  -----------------                    --------
xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx Nico Prigent      Member

Let’s check if the user exists:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AzureADUser | ? {$_.DisplayName -eq "Nico Prigent"} | fl *

ExtensionProperty              : {[odata.type, Microsoft.DirectoryServices.User], [ageGroup, ], [consentProvidedForMinor, ],
                                 [employeeId, ]...}
DeletionTimestamp              :
ObjectId                       : xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
ObjectType                     : User
AccountEnabled                 : True
AssignedLicenses               : {}
AssignedPlans                  : {}
City                           :
CompanyName                    :
Country                        :
CreationType                   :
Department                     :
DirSyncEnabled                 :
DisplayName                    : Nico Prigent
FacsimileTelephoneNumber       :
GivenName                      :
IsCompromised                  :
ImmutableId                    :
JobTitle                       :
LastDirSyncTime                :
Mail                           :
MailNickName                   : NicoP
Mobile                         :
OnPremisesSecurityIdentifier   :
OtherMails                     : {}
PasswordPolicies               :
PasswordProfile                : class PasswordProfile {
                                   ForceChangePasswordNextLogin: True
                                   EnforceChangePasswordPolicy: False

PhysicalDeliveryOfficeName     :
PostalCode                     :
PreferredLanguage              :
ProvisionedPlans               : {}
ProvisioningErrors             : {}
ProxyAddresses                 : {}
RefreshTokensValidFromDateTime : 03/24/2018 11:07:29
ShowInAddressList              :
SignInNames                    : {}
SipProxyAddress                :
State                          :
StreetAddress                  :
Surname                        :
TelephoneNumber                :
UsageLocation                  :
UserPrincipalName              :
UserType                       : Member

Great, the user exists, so I can now update information using the following commands:

# Retrieve user information
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $user = Get-AzureADUser -ObjectId xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

# Let's check the content of the variable
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $user

ObjectId                             DisplayName  UserPrincipalName                    UserType
--------                             -----------  -----------------                    --------
xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx Nico Prigent      Member

# Update the display name
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $user.DisplayName = 'Hello Azure AD'

# Check if the value is updated
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> $user

ObjectId                             DisplayName    UserPrincipalName                    UserType
--------                             -----------    -----------------                    --------
xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx Hello Azure AD      Member

# Now you can update information in Azure AD
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Set-AzureADUser -ObjectId xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx -Displayname $user.Displayname

# Let's confirm if the display name is updated
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-AzureADUser | ? {$_.ObjectId -eq "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"}

ObjectId                             DisplayName    UserPrincipalName                    UserType
--------                             -----------    -----------------                    --------
xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx Hello Azure AD      Member

That’s all. Azure AD PowerShell is very useful to manage your Azure AD Users.


Thanks for reading! You can follow me on Twitter @PrigentNico

About Nicolas 282 Articles
I work as an IT Production Manager, based in Paris (France) with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 10 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.