Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices

Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal? We need to have deleted and disabled options in Azure AD and Intune as part of effective device management.

A device can be retired and deleted from Intune console (Silverlight), and I’m sure the new MEM portal will surely have these options.

If you are an SCCM admin, you could recollect there is an option in the SCCM console to delete and disable a device. However, I have seen that when you retire and delete a device from Intune console,  that device will get removed from Intune console but will still stay in Azure AD.

How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory

So it’s very critical and important to delete these devices from Azure AD and keep the environment clean. I have created a video tutorial to help you with this topic, “Learn How to have a Clean and Tidy Intune and Azure AD Environment“.

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Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices
Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices

Back to delete and disable device options in the new Azure AD portal. We will cover the disable/enable device option first and then discuss the delete option. Think about a hypothetical scenario, there is an emergency, and you want to disable the device AAD to prevent further damage to your organization.

To disable a device, you need to go to All users and groups blade in the MEM portal here. Select All Users and select the Devices option from that blade. This will give a list of devices, and from that list, you can select one device and click on disable/enable the option as per the requirement.

You can review the video attached to this post to get a real-time experience of this. We don’t have to disable the option in Intune console, so the only way to disable a device is from the Azure AD portal. Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices?

Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices
Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices

Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory

Now, we can see the delete device option in the Azure portal. This is a critical option, which is very helpful in keeping your Azure AD environment clean. This will help device management admins to get better results of configuration/compliance policy and application deployments. To disable a device, you need to go to All users and groups blade in the Azure portal here.

Select All Users and select the Devices option from that blade. This will give a list of devices and from that list, you can select one device and click on delete.

Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices
Learn How to Delete Devices from Azure Active Directory | Azure Portal | Disable Devices

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

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