Transfer Data from Excel to Azure Active Directory

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Excel Add-In for Azure Active Directory

The Azure Active Directory Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Azure Active Directory data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update Azure Active Directory 0, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Azure Active Directory using the Excel Add-In for Azure Active Directory.

The CData Excel Add-In for Azure Active Directory enables you to edit and save Azure Active Directory data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Azure Active Directory. This technique is useful if you want to work on Azure Active Directory data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Azure Active Directory. In this example, you will use the Domains table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new Azure Active Directory connection by clicking From Azure Active Directory on the ribbon.

Azure Active Directory uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the OAuth section in the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

Retrieve Data from Azure Active Directory

To insert data into Azure Active Directory, you will first need to retrieve data from the Azure Active Directory table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Azure Active Directory table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Azure Active Directory button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Domains table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to Azure Active Directory

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyDomainsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Azure Active Directory, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Domains sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Update Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.