Creating Administrative Units in the Office 365 Admin Center

As an Office 365 administrator, you may need to create and manage administrative units within your organization’s account. Administrative units, also known as AUs, allow you to organize and manage your users and resources in a hierarchical structure, which can be useful for compliance, security, and administrative tasks. In this article, we will walk you through the steps of creating administrative units in the Office 365 Admin Center.

Step 1: Log in to the Office 365 Admin Center To begin, log in to the Office 365 Admin Center using your administrator account. Once you have successfully logged in, you will be taken to the home screen of the Admin Center.

Step 2: Navigate to the Administrative Units section In the navigation pane on the left, click on the “Settings” option and then click on the “Administrative Units” tab. This will take you to the Administrative Units page, where you can manage all the administrative units in your organization’s Office 365 account.

Step 3: Create a new administrative unit On the Administrative Units page, click on the “+” icon on the top right corner and select “New administrative unit” from the dropdown menu. Fill in the required details such as name, description and select the parent administrative unit (if any) for the new unit.

Step 4: Assign users and resources to the administrative unit Once you have created the administrative unit, you can assign users and resources to it by clicking on the “Users and resources” tab. From there, you can add users, assign different licenses, and assign resources such as SharePoint sites, Exchange mailboxes, and more.

Step 5: Monitor and manage the administrative unit After creating the administrative unit, you should monitor and manage it to ensure that it is being used effectively. This can include checking the unit’s activity, adding or removing users and resources, and changing settings as needed.


Creating administrative units in the Office 365 Admin Center is a simple process that can help you organize and manage your users and resources in a hierarchical structure. By following the steps outlined in this article, you will be able to quickly and efficiently create administrative units that will help you manage and organize your Office 365 account.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

What are the benefits of using administrative units?

Administrative units provide a hierarchical structure for managing and organizing users and resources. This can be useful for compliance, security, and administrative tasks, and it can help you ensure that your users have the appropriate access to Office 365 services.

Can I move users or resources from one administrative unit to another?

Yes, you can move users or resources from one administrative unit to another by selecting them from the Users and resources tab and then selecting the destination administrative unit.

Can I assign different policies to different administrative units?

Yes, you can assign different policies such as compliance, security and access policies to different administrative units. This can be done by going to the Office 365 Admin Center, selecting the “Settings” option and then clicking on the “Policies” tab.

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