As a continuation to my “Power BI vNext (let’s now call it Power BI 2.0 to align terminology with Microsoft) SSAS Connector and Security” blog, you might wonder how Power BI provisions users. For example, if a user signs with his business e-mail and a coworker shares BI artifacts with him, what happens when the user leaves the company? Can he still gain access?
As it turns out, when the user signs to Power BI, Microsoft adds the user transparently to the Azure AD (AAD). Syncing AD with AAD is not a requirement. This is why you don’t need to extend your AD to Azure or synchronize it when you want Power BI reports to connect to on-prem Tabular models. If you do not sync your AD with Azure AD and remove user from AD, they continue to exist in Azure AD. If the tenant is a managed tenant (i.e. there is a tenant admin), tenant admin can disable the user in O365 when the user leaves the company. However, if this is an unmanaged tenant (i.e. no admin yet), the company administrator needs to “Take Over” the tenant, as described here. To make this easier, you can do DirSync which will do this automatically or extend your AD to Azure.