As part of effective device management, we need to have a delete and disable options in Azure AD and Intune. A device can be retired and deleted from Intune console (Silverlight) and I’m sure new Azure portal will surely have these options. If you are a SCCM admin, you could recollect there is an option in SCCM console also 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. So it’s very critical and important to delete these devices from Azure AD and the keep the environment clean. I have created a video tutorial to help you in this topic “Learn How to have a Clean and Tidy Intune and Azure AD Environment“.
Back to delete and disable device options in new Azure AD portal. We will cover the disable/enable device option first then we will discuss about delete option. Think about a hypothetical scenario, There is an emergency situation and you wanted 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 Azure portal here. Select All Users and select 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 option as per the requirement. You can review the video attached in this post to get real time experience of this. We don’t have disable option in Intune console so the only way to disable a device is from Azure AD portal.
Now, we can see the delete device option in Azure portal. This is very critical option and this is very helpful to keep 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 Azure portal here. Select All Users and select 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.
New Azure Portal where you can find All Users blade – https://portal.azure.com/#blade/Microsoft_AAD_IAM/UserManagementMenuBlade/All%20users/menuId/