Creating a new Azure Active Directory instance

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It seems a simple thing, but when you need to create an additional directory for testing/dev purposes, you may ask yourself how to create. In this Tutorial, we are going over the process to provisioning a new Azure Active Directory on the existent tenant and what changes for the administrator.


The first challenge is when you click on Azure Active Directory on the left side, and you go straight to the existent Azure Active Directory (AAD), and there is no new button on this blade like we have with other services.


In order to create a new Azure Active Directory, we need to click on New and then type in Azure Active Directory and select from the list.


A new blade with a brief description of the service will be displayed, just click on Create. Note that the AAD is not associated to a Resource Group.


In the new blade to create a directory, we need to fill out the organization name (just a caption), an unique name for the Azure Active Directory, and the region. Click on Create and wait a few moments.



After the creation of the new directory the administrator has the ability to change directories, a Switch directory option will be available. As soon as we click on it, the menu on right side will be open and we can select between Directories.


Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Office Server and Services, besides the Microsoft Award he also holds a Solutions Master (MCSM) in Exchange and several other certifications. Anderson has been contributing to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, twitter, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor here at,, and Anderson (Portuguese).