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Microsoft Announces Partner Program Changes For NCE, Teams Phones, Admin Privileges

Wade Tyler Millward

A delay to a key date in Microsoft’s new commerce experience (NCE) campaign and a way to add margin to certain Teams Phone plans are part of the changes.

Tool For GDAP

Starting July 25, Microsoft will offer a tool for partners with delegated administration privileges (DAP) to upgrade to Granular Delegated Admin Privileges (GDAP) without customer consent.

Partners can use the tool until Oct. 31, according to an online post by Microsoft. After that, customers will again have to approve all GDAP relationship requests.

Microsoft bills GDAP as “a more secure model for administering customer tenants” that “adheres to the Microsoft zero trust principle of least-privileged access.”

Partners can request specific Azure Active Directory (AD) roles for performing administrative activities on behalf of the customer, if the customer approves.

More information on the tool will come July 11, according to Microsoft.

Around October – toward the end of the first quarter of Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year – the tech giant will “stop creating new DAP connections when a new partner/customer relationship is created and will begin removing DAP relationships that have not been used for 90 days,” according to the announcement.

“Later, Microsoft will transition active DAP relationships to GDAP with a limited number of Azure AD roles,” according to the post. “We’d like to remind you that if you don’t perform admin activities for your customer, DAP should be disabled.”

 

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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