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MC492896: Updated opt-in setting for Microsoft Defender for Identity

Updated January 9, 2023: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.

Over the last few months, the experiences and functions of Microsoft Defender for Identity have been made available in Microsoft’s extended detection and response (XDR) platform, Microsoft 365 Defender. Merging identity data and functions into this XDR experience is a valuable addition to a security teams capabilities, with identity providing important context to detection logic and investigation potential.

MC492896: Updated opt-in setting for Microsoft Defender for Identity

Since all major Microsoft Defender for Identity features have now been made available in Microsoft 365 Defender portal, the portal redirection setting will be automatically enabled for each tenant starting January 31, 2023.

How will this affect your organization

  • Once the redirection setting is enabled, any requests to the standalone Defender for Identity portal ( will be redirected to Microsoft 365 Defender ( along with any direct links to its functionality.
  • Organizations can still manually opt-out by switching it back and disable the setting (navigating from the Microsoft 365 Defender homepage ( to Settings > Identities > General > Portal redirection)

What you need to do to prepare

Ensure your security teams are familiar with Defender for Identity’s features and settings as they are represented in Microsoft 365 Defender. If your security teams need help, please direct them to the updated documentation available here [Deploy Microsoft Defender for Identity with Microsoft 365 Defender].

Message ID: MC492896
Published: 2022-12-28
Updated: 2023-01-09

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