Azure AD – Create Security Groups and Add Members using PowerShell

Azure AD security groups can be used to manage member and computer access to shared resources for a group of users. A security group can have users, devices, groups and SPNs as its members. In this post, I’ll go over steps on how to create a Azure AD security group, add users to one group and also bulk import users to one group and multiple groups.

Make sure you are connected to Azure AD,

$credential = Get-Credential
Connect-AzureAD -credential $credential

To create an Azure AD security group:

$GroupName = Read-Host "Enter name for Azure AD group"
New-AzureADGroup -DisplayName $GroupName -MailEnabled $false -SecurityEnabled $true -MailNickName "NotSet"

To create multiple Azure AD security groups:

Note: csv file has name,description as column headers

$groups = import-csv "C:\tmp\AzureAD Groups\groups.csv"

Foreach($group in $groups) {
New-AzureADGroup -DisplayName $ -Description $group.description -MailEnabled $false -SecurityEnabled $true -MailNickName "NotSet"

To add an user and an owner to an existing group:

$Group = Read-Host "Enter name of Azure AD group"
$User = Read-Host "Enter username of user to be added"
$Owner = Read-Host "Enter username of group owner"

$GroupObj = Get-AzureADGroup -SearchString $Group
$UserObj = Get-AzureADUser -SearchString $User
$OwnerObj = Get-AzureADUser -SearchString $Owner

Add-AzureADGroupMember -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId -RefObjectId $UserObj.ObjectId
Add-AzureADGroupOwner -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId -RefObjectId $OwnerObj.ObjectId

To display members of a security group:

$Group = Read-Host "Enter name of Azure AD group to display members"
$GroupObj = Get-AzureADGroup -SearchString $Group
Get-AzureADGroupMember -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId

To display owners of a security group:

$Group = Read-Host "Enter name of Azure AD group to display owner(s)"
$GroupObj = Get-AzureADGroup -SearchString $Group
Get-AzureADGroupOwner -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId

To bulk add multiple users to a specific group:

Note: csv file has UserPrincipalName as column header

$Group = Read-Host "Enter name of Azure AD group to add users"
$GroupObj = Get-AzureADGroup -SearchString $Group
$Members = Import-csv "C:\tmp\GroupMembers.csv"
Foreach($Member in $Members) {

$User = $Member.UserPrincipalName
Write-Progress -Activity "Adding user.." -Status $User

Try {
$UserObj = Get-AzureADUser -SearchString $User
Add-AzureADGroupMember -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId -RefObjectId $UserObj.ObjectId
catch {
Write-Host "Error occured while adding $User" -ForegroundColor Red

To bulk add multiple users to multiple groups. This below script checks to see if the user is already part of the Azure AD group and returns an error.

Note: csv file has UserPrincipalName,Group as column headers

$list = Import-csv "C:\tmp\UsersGroups.csv"
Foreach($entry in $list) {

$User = $entry.UserPrincipalName
$Group = $entry.Group
$UserObj = Get-AzureADUser -SearchString $User
$GroupObj = Get-AzureADGroup -SearchString $Group
$GroupMembers = (Get-AzureADGroupMember -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId).UserPrincipalName

If ($User -notin $GroupMembers) {
    Add-AzureADGroupMember -ObjectId $GroupObj.ObjectId -RefObjectId $UserObj.ObjectId
    Write-Host "$User added to $Group" -ForegroundColor Green
    else {
    Write-Host "$User already in $Group" -ForegroundColor Red

Hope this was helpful for you in exploring Azure AD security groups.

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