Office 365: Another approach to add external users to a SharePoint Online Site!

In this article I will show you another approach we have to add external users to SharePoint Online (SPO) sites without requiring external users to have a Live ID (for regular SPO sites sharing) or a valid e-mail account (required if Azure B2B is used as mechanism to share SPO Sites). The steps required for this approach are the following:

  • First of all, you need to create a new Azure AD in the Azure AD service linked to your Office 365 subscription. This Azure AD will be used to add your external users. Add some users to the new Azure AD created.
  • In the Azure Subscription, navigate back so you can access the main Azure AD linked to your Office 365 subscription. Add the external users to the main Azure AD taking advantage it’s possible to add users that are coming from another Azure AD under the same Azure subscription.

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  • In the Office 365 Administration Portal, we verify the new users added are there.

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  • Then, we only need to convert these new users to external users at the Azure AD level using Set-MsolUser cmdlet with the UserType parameter set to Guest
$sExternalUser="alex.gonzalez_NuberosNetExternal.onmicrosoft.com#EXT#@NuberosNET.Onmicrosoft.com"

$msolExternalUser=Get-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName $sExternalUser

Set-MsolUser -ObjectId $msolExternalUser.ObjectId -UserType Guest

  • Finally, just add the external users in any group of a SPO site and you will verify they have access to the site without requiring an invitation.
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