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CiraSync Contact Lists can use Collections as a source or a target: this provides flexibility to add or remove users or contacts using an existing group in the Global Address List. CiraSync Contact Collections can be created from a Distribution Group created on a single Azure Active Directory Premium Subscription.

This guide shows how to set up Azure Active Directory Premium, create dynamic distribution groups, and how to use the group as a source to create Contact Collections.

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Instructions

Setting up Azure Active Directory Premium
  1. Launch the Office 365 Admin Portal.
  2. Click Billing > Subscriptions in the left navigation panel. (See figure below.) Admin Center Billing Subscriptions
  3. Click +Add subscriptions in the top-right corner of the pane.
  4. Press Ctrl + F on keyboard.
  5. Search for Azure Active Directory Premium in the search box.
  6. Hover your mouse over the Azure Active Directory Premium tile.
  7. Click Buy Now.
  8. Click Admin in the top-left corner of the window.
  9. Click Billing > Subscriptions in the left navigation panel.
  10. Click +Assign to users.
  11. Check the box next to the desired users for Azure Active Directory Premium.
  12. Click Edit next to Product licenses.
  13. Click the slider next to Azure Active Directory Premium.
  14. Click Save. (See figure below.) Azure Directory Premium Activate License

 

Creating a Distribution Group
  1. Log out of the Office 365 Admin account.
  2. Log in to Office 365 Admin account.
  3. Launch the Office 365 Admin Portal.
  4. Click Admin Centers > Azure Active Directory from the left navigation panel in the Office 365 Admin Portal. (See figure below.) Admin Centers Azure Active Directory
  5. Click All Services > Azure Active Directory > Groups. (See figure below.) Azure Directory Premium Distribution Groups
  6. Click +New group. A form will appear on the screen to fill out. (See figure below.)  Azure Directory Premium Create New Distribution Groups
  7. Set the Group type to Security. 
  8. Name the group.
  9. Enter a group description.
  10. Set the Membership type to Dynamic User.
  11. Click Add dynamic query.
  12. Click Advance rule.
  13. Enter your query.
  14. Click Add query.
  15. Click NOTE: It can take several minutes for the distribution group to be created.

 

Creating Contact Collections from Office 365 Distribution Groups
  1. Log in to the CiraSync Enterprise Edition Dashboard.
  2. Click the + in the Contact Collections (See figure below.) Contact Collections Pane CiraSync Dashboard You will be taken to the Contact Collection Dashboard. (See figure below.)CiraSync Contact Collections Dashboard
  3. Click the Pen icon.
  4. Name the Collection.
  5. Search for the Distribution Group you created earlier in the Creating a Distribution Group section of this guide.
  6. Click the group. The group should appear in Collection Preview on the right.
  7. Click SAVE at the top-right corner of the dashboard.

Congratulations, you have successfully set up Azure Active Directory Premium, created a distribution group, and created a Contact Collection!

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