In this post I will explain how to move an Azure Subscription to a different Azure Tenant (Directory). I often use this to move my MPN subscription to a Greenfield tenant to test new functionalities without worrying about settings I’ve made in the past. But this can also be use to bundle multiple Visual Studio subscriptions in one tenant or for any other reason.
I will be using two Tenants:
– My old tenant called “Demotenant” this is a directory with a MPN subscription attached.
– The other tenant I’m using is “Vmlabblog.com” with a Pay-As-You-Go subscription attached.
In this Tutorial I’m going to move my MPN subscription from Demotenant to Vmlabblog.com.
1. The first step is to create an user which has access to both tenants. The user needs to have a working email-account. I will be using the globaladmin of the “Vmlabblog.com” tenant for this purpose. Login to Tenant the old tenant (demotenant) with an admin account and go to “Azure Active Directory -> Users” and press “New guest user”.
2. Enter the email-address of the guest user (user of the new tenant) and press “Invite”. The guest user you’ve just entered will be added to the Azure AD and send an invitation mail on the email-address entered.
3. Now we need to assign owner rights for the subscription to guest we’ve just added. This is necessary to be able to see and move the subscription to another tenant. Go to subscriptions -> Access control (IAM) and press “Add” in Add a role assignment.
4. Select the role “Owner” and select the guest user. Select “Save” to apply the changes.
5. Wait till the changes have been applied and signout.
6. Check the mailbox of the user you added as a guest user for an invitation email. Open the email and press “Get Started”
7. Sign in with the credentials of the Guest User to the new tenant (demotenant). These are the same credentials as used to login into the old tenant. (vmlabblog.com)
8. To sign in to the tenant with your guest account you need to agree with the permissions press “Accept” to continue.
9. In the Azure portal check if you are in the correct tenant. If not select “Switch directory”
10. Select the “all directories” tab, here you should see both the old tenant (demotenant) and the new tenant (VMLabblog.com). Select the old tenant (demotenant).
11. Go to subscriptions and select the subscription you want to move.
12. Select the subscription and press “Change directory” and select the new Tenant. Press “Change” to apply the changes.
13. The change will take some time.
14. When you now refresh the page (this may take some time) the subscription is gone in the old Tenant (demotenant)
15. Switch to the new Directory. You will notice only one subscription is displayed, this is because of the “Global subscriptions filter. Click “global subscriptions filter”.
16. Select in the Default subscription filter “select all”
17. Now both subscriptions are displayed in the “Subscriptions” view.
18. The subscription has now been moved from the old tenant (demotenant) to the new tenant (VMLabBlog.com).