Build an app with admin restricted scopes using the v2.0 endpoint

最終更新: 2019/04/10
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About this sample


Certain actions in the Azure Active Directory tenant are considered highly sensitive, such as deleting a user from the tenant, creating and managing applications, listing and assigning users to security groups. Yet there are many valid reasons why applications need to perform these actions for their customers. For this reason, some permissions are considered admin restricted, and require a tenant administrator to approve their use in applications.
This sample application shows how to use the Azure AD v2.0 endpoint to access data in the Microsoft Graph that requires consent for permissions that have an administrative scope.


The app is built as an ASP.NET 4.5 MVC application, using the OWIN OpenID Connect middleware to sign-in users and uses the Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL)] to perform token acquisition. It uses an incremental consent pattern, in which it first requests consent for a basic set of permission that an ordinary user can consent to themselves; like the ability to read a list of users in the user's organization. Then, when the user tries to read a list of groups in the user's organization, it will ask the administrator for the necessary admin restricted permission. In this way, any Microsoft business user can sign up for the application without contacting their tenant administrator, and the tenant administrator is only involved when absolutely necessary.

For more information on the concepts used in this sample, be sure to read the v2.0 scope and permission reference.

Looking for previous versions of this code sample? Check out the tags on the releases GitHub page.

How to run this sample

To run this sample, you'll need:

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • An Internet connection
  • An Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) tenant. For more information on how to get an Azure AD tenant, see How to get an Azure AD tenant
  • A user account in your Azure AD tenant, or a Microsoft personal account. You need to have at least one account which is a directory administrator to test the features which require an administrator to consent.

Step 1: Clone or download this repository

From your shell or command line:

git clone

or download and extract the repository .zip file.

Given that the name of the sample is pretty long, and so are the name of the referenced NuGet packages, you might want to clone it in a folder close to the root of your hard drive, to avoid file size limitations on Windows.

Step 2: Register the sample with your Azure Active Directory tenant

There is one project in this sample. To register it, you can:

If you want to use this automation:

  1. On Windows, run PowerShell and navigate to the root of the cloned directory
  2. In PowerShell run:
   Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope Process -Force
  1. Run the script to create your Azure AD application and configure the code of the sample application accordingly.
  2. In PowerShell run:

Other ways of running the scripts are described in App Creation Scripts

  1. Open the Visual Studio solution and click start to run the code.

If you don't want to use this automation, follow the steps below.

Choose the Azure AD tenant where you want to create your applications

As a first step you'll need to:

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account or a personal Microsoft account.
  2. If your account is present in more than one Azure AD tenant, select your profile at the top right corner in the menu on top of the page, and then switch directory. Change your portal session to the desired Azure AD tenant.

Register the service app (restricted-scopes-v2)

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft identity platform for developers App registrations page.
  2. Select New registration.
  3. When the Register an application page appears, enter your application's registration information:
    • In the Name section, enter a meaningful application name that will be displayed to users of the app, for example restricted-scopes-v2.
    • Change Supported account types to Accounts in any organizational directory. > Note that there are more than one redirect URIs. You'll need to add them from the Authentication tab later after the app has been created successfully.
  4. Select Register to create the application.
  5. On the app Overview page, find the Application (client) ID value and record it for later. You'll need it to configure the Visual Studio configuration file for this project.
  6. In the list of pages for the app, select Authentication..
    • In the Redirect URIs section, select Web in the combo-box and enter the following redirect URIs.
      • https://localhost:44321/
      • https://localhost:44321/Account/AADTenantConnected
    • In the Advanced settings section set Logout URL to https://localhost:44321/Account/EndSession
    • In the Advanced settings | Implicit grant section, check ID tokens as this sample requires the Implicit grant flow to be enabled to sign-in the user, and call an API.
  7. Select Save.
  8. From the Certificates & secrets page, in the Client secrets section, choose New client secret:

    • Type a key description (of instance app secret),
    • Select a key duration of either In 1 year, In 2 years, or Never Expires.
    • When you press the Add button, the key value will be displayed, copy, and save the value in a safe location.
    • You'll need this key later to configure the project in Visual Studio. This key value will not be displayed again, nor retrievable by any other means, so record it as soon as it is visible from the Azure portal.
  9. In the list of pages for the app, select API permissions

    • Click the Add a permission button and then,
    • Ensure that the Microsoft APIs tab is selected
    • In the Commonly used Microsoft APIs section, click on Microsoft Graph
    • In the Delegated permissions section, ensure that the right permissions are checked: openid, email, profile, offline_access, User.Read, Group.Read.All, User.ReadBasic.All. Use the search box if necessary.
    • Select the Add permissions button

If you have an existing application that you have registered in the past, feel free to use that instead of creating a new registration.

Step 3: Configure the sample to use your Azure AD tenant

In the steps below, "ClientID" is the same as "Application ID" or "AppId".

Open the solution in Visual Studio to configure the projects

Configure the project

Note: if you used the setup scripts, the changes below will have been applied for you

  1. Open the GroupManager\Web.Config file
  2. Find the app key ida:ClientId and replace the existing value with the application ID (clientId) of the restricted-scopes-v2 application copied from the Azure portal.
  3. Find the app key ida:ClientSecret and replace the existing value with the key you saved during the creation of the restricted-scopes-v2 app, in the Azure portal.
  4. Find the app key ida:Domain and replace the existing value with your Azure AD tenant name.
  5. Find the app key ida:TenantId and replace the existing value with your Azure AD tenant ID.
  6. Find the app key ida:PostLogoutRedirectUri and replace the existing value with the base address of the restricted-scopes-v2 project (by default https://localhost:44321/).

Step 4: Run the sample

Start the GroupManager application, and begin by signing in as an administrator in your Azure AD tenant. If you don't have an Azure AD tenant for testing, you can follow these instructions to get one.

When you sign in, the app will first ask you for permission to sign you in, read your user profile, and read a list of users in your tenant. Any user in your tenant will be able to consent to these permissions. The application will then show a list of users from your Azure AD tenant via the Microsoft Graph, on the Users page.

Then, navigate to the Groups page. The app will try to query the Microsoft Graph for a list of groups in your tenant. If it is unable to do so, it will ask you (the tenant administrator) to connect your tenant to the application, providing permission to read groups in your tenant. Only administrators in your tenant will be able to consent to this permission. Once administrative consent is acquired, no other users in the tenant will be asked to consent to the app going forward.

Did the sample not work for you as expected? Did you encounter issues trying this sample? Then please reach out to us using the GitHub Issues page.

About the code

The relevant code for this sample is in the following files:

  • Initial sign-in & basic permissions: App_Start\Startup.Auth.cs and Controllers\AccountController.cs. In particular, the actions on the controller have an Authorize attribute, which forces the user to sign-in. The application uses the authorization code flow to sign-in the user. When the token is received (See method OnAuthorizationCodeReceived) in Startup.Auth.cs#L58-L65, the application gets the token, which MSAL.NET stores into the token cache (See the Utils\MsalSessionTokenCache class). Then, when the controllers need to access the graph, they get a token by calling their private method GetGraphAccessToken GetGraphAccessToken

  • Getting the list of users: Controllers\UsersController.cs

  • Getting the list of groups: Controllers\GroupsController.cs

  • Acquiring permissions from the tenant admin using the admin consent endpoint: Controllers\AccountController.cs

How to deploy this sample to Azure

This project has one WebApp project. To deploy them to Azure Web Sites, you'll need, for each one, to:

  • create an Azure Web Site
  • publish the Web App / Web APIs to the web site, and
  • update its client(s) to call the web site instead of IIS Express.

Create and publish the restricted-scopes-v2 to an Azure Web Site

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Click Create a resource in the top left-hand corner, select Web --> Web App, and give your web site a name, for example,
  3. Thereafter select the Subscription, Resource Group, App service plan and Location. OS will be Windows and Publish will be Code.
  4. Click Create and wait for the App Service to be created.
  5. Once you get the Deployment succeeded notification, then click on Go to resource to navigate to the newly created App service.
  6. Once the web site is created, locate it it in the Dashboard and click it to open App Services Overview screen.
  7. From the Overview tab of the App Service, download the publish profile by clicking the Get publish profile link and save it. Other deployment mechanisms, such as from source control, can also be used.
  8. Switch to Visual Studio and go to the restricted-scopes-v2 project. Right click on the project in the Solution Explorer and select Publish. Click Import Profile on the bottom bar, and import the publish profile that you downloaded earlier.
  9. Click on Configure and in the Connection tab, update the Destination URL so that it is a https in the home page url, for example Click Next.
  10. On the Settings tab, make sure Enable Organizational Authentication is NOT selected. Click Save. Click on Publish on the main screen.
  11. Visual Studio will publish the project and automatically open a browser to the URL of the project. If you see the default web page of the project, the publication was successful.

Update the Active Directory tenant application registration for restricted-scopes-v2

  1. Navigate back to to the Azure portal. In the left-hand navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service, and then select App registrations (Preview).
  2. In the resultant screen, select the restricted-scopes-v2 application.
  3. In the Authentication | page for your application, update the Logout URL fields with the address of your service, for example
  4. From the Branding menu, update the Home page URL, to the address of your service, for example Save the configuration.
  5. Add the same URL in the list of values of the Authentication -> Redirect URIs menu. If you have multiple redirect urls, make sure that there a new entry using the App service's Uri for each redirect url.

Community Help and Support

Use Stack Overflow to get support from the community. Ask your questions on Stack Overflow first and browse existing issues to see if someone has asked your question before. Make sure that your questions or comments are tagged with [ msal dotnet].

If you find a bug in the sample, please raise the issue on GitHub Issues.

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If you'd like to contribute to this sample, see CONTRIBUTING.MD.

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information, see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

More information

For more information, see MSAL.NET's conceptual documentation:

For more information about how OAuth 2.0 protocols work in this scenario and other scenarios, see Authentication Scenarios for Azure AD.