Adding an Active Directory Group to the Exchange Online App


If you want all users that belong to Active Directory groups to be automatically discovered and backed up, add the Active Directory groups to an AD group, and then add the AD group to the Exchange Online app.

You can add the following types of Active Directory groups:

  • Azure security groups

    To discover and back up Active Directory groups based on geographic affinity, you can use Azure security groups.

  • Distribution lists

  • Mail-enabled security groups

  • Office 365 groups


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Applications > Office 365.

    The Office 365 apps page appears.

  2. In the Name column, click the app to add the AD group to.

    The app page appears.

  3. On the Content tab, click Add, and then select Add AD group.

    The Add AD group dialog box appears.

  4. From the Office 365 plan list, select the plan to use for the AD group.

  5. From the AD groups list, select the Active Directory groups to add.

  6. Click Save.

What to Do Next

To discover new user accounts, run a backup.