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MC358528: Update on who can manage sensitive attributes of user objects

Updated July 13, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Today, there are several user attributes that are considered sensitive, and we will be simplifying this model.

  • Some rely on Global Admins (GA) to be able to manage them for all users (admins and non-admins).
  • Others don’t have a Global Admins dependency but the set of admin roles that can manage them and for whom is not consistent.

When this will happen

We will begin rolling this out in early June and expect to complete rollout by early August (previously late June).

How this will affect your organization

User Admins, Authentication Admins and Privileged Authentication Admins will be able to manage all sensitive attributes for non-admin users and select admin users based on the same model we have for password reset here.

The full list of sensitive attributes and tasks is:

  • accountEnabled
  • altSecId
  • auth methods
  • deviceKey
  • mobile
  • onPremisesImmutableId
  • otherMail
  • passwordProfile
  • telephoneNumber
  • userPrincipalName
  • delete
  • restore
  • invalidateAllRefreshTokens.

What you need to do to prepare

We will align the behavior of managing user attributes with that mentioned above. So, some older roles that were also allowed to manage user attributes (for ex – Directory Writer) will no longer work. Please work with your Privileged Role Admin or Global Admin if new role assignments are needed to avoid any impact on your business operations.

Learn more

Message ID: MC358528
Published: 13 April 2022
Updated: 13 July 2022

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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