How to Merge Office 365 and Your Live Accounts

Are you currently finding it annoying to have to continuously log out of your Office 365 Administration Portal to log in to Windows Azure Management Portal, or the other way around? Surely, it would be less complicated to make use of the same identity without having to constantly log in and log out, right?
Well, you will be delighted to know that there are certain measures that you can take to avoid having to constantly log in and log out of your accounts. By going through some simple measures, you can merge your Office 365 and your other live accounts and hopefully make life much easier when administering numerous Microsoft Cloud Solutions.
Your Current Situation is Something Like This
You signed up to Microsoft Office 365 to provide your organization with Exchange On-line, Lync On the web & SharePoint On-line. It is also possible that you will be using the Windows Azure Directory Sync Tool to manage your users within Workplace 365 from your Corporate Identity Service (Active Directory) with Password Sync or furthermore you may have chosen to enhance your sign-in experience and use Federated Identity (Active Directory Federation Solutions) instead.
You signed up to Microsoft Workplace 365 to supply your organization with Exchange On line, Lync Online & SharePoint On the web and you manage your users using the Office 365 Administrator Portal (Cloud Identity).
And then later on, you signed up for a Windows Azure Subscription so that you could host internal applications, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or even host a web service your users / customers – either way you have a Windows Azure Subscription that you also manage
So now, you’re thinking to yourself:
As an administrator of both platforms, wouldn’t it be great if I could sign-in to each administration portal with the identical login or you may even want to make use of your Office 365 Azure Active Directory as the Identity Provider for an Application that you have hosted on Windows Azure?
Does this sound about right to you?

Merging Your Email Accounts

Merging your accounts is possible. Here are tips that will help you do so. Do note, though, that if you do this process, your account administrator wont be changed and so this will continue to be your Microsoft Account (LiveID) and so if you are going to also want to change this to be a Work Account I would recommend that you open a Support Incident and direct it to the Windows Azure Subscriptions Management Team whom will be able to assist you in an Account Ownership Transfer so that both the Account Administrator and Service Administrator of a subscription are transferred over to your existing directory.
If you attempt to DELETE the directory in which was created for you as part of signing up for Microsoft Azure [after 27th July 2014] using a Microsoft Account (LIVE ID) you may find that this fails, because the Microsoft Account that is set as the account administrator will still be homed in the directory in which you obtained when signing as much as Microsoft Azure. In order for you to be able to delete that directory you will need to complete an Account Ownership Transfer as per the above. If you do not do that, you will NOT be able to delete the old directory.
Link Microsoft Workplace 365 Azure Active Directory to Windows Azure Subscription
Login to Windows Azure Subscription using your Microsoft Account [, or] Select New + > App Services > Active Directory > Directory > Custom Create
3) Select Use Existing Directory
4) When you click on the Tick you will be signed out of Windows Azure Subscription and presented with the Microsoft Portal Login Page. At this point you need to type in your Office 365 Global Administrator Credentials
5) You will now be asked for confirmation that you wish to add your Office 365 Windows Azure Active Directory to your Windows Azure Subscription. Click Continue
6) Upon successful completion, you can click Sign Out Now which will re-direct you to the Microsoft Portal Login Page. You now need to sign back in with your Microsoft Account to administer your Windows Azure Subscription. Once you have signed back, click on the Active Directory node on the left hand side and ensure that you now see 2 Active Directories.
If, after you have completed the above process the Azure Active Directory that you were attempting to add does not appear upon logging back in with your Microsoft Account, be sure to check that your Microsoft Account namespace ( does not already exist as a user account in the Directory you were adding. i.e. if your MSA is using your work e-mail address this will probably be the case.
In this scenario, login to your Azure account and select your Windows Azure Subscription. Select Edit Subscription Details and change the Service Administrator Account to be an alternative Microsoft Account aka Live ID such as and then re-attempt the procedure. It will then complete, you can then change the Service Administrator Account back to your Work Microsoft Account aka Live ID upon completion.
Add Co-Administrators that belong in an Alternative Windows Azure Active Directory i.e. Office 365

Adding Co-Administrators from an Alternative Directory in Your Azure Subscription

Here are tips to help you merge your accounts and add co-administrators from an alternative directory in your Azure subscription.
The Office 365 Azure Active Directory is a manually created directory that is used for Cloud Applications and the like. If you did not setup your personal domain with Default Directory and you setup Directory Sync or Federated Identity to a manually created Azure Active Directory, follow these steps:
1) Login to Windows Azure Management Portal with your Microsoft Account.
2) Select Settings from the left hand task pane > Subscriptions
3) Select Subscription & Click on Edit Directory
You now need to select the directory that you want to associate with your subscription. Once you do that, click next, and you will now be told if this change will affect any of your existing co-administrators. Note that it shouldnt if you dont have any other users that arent configured to make use of the default directory as the identity source; for example, all your current co-administrators use Microsoft Accounts.
4) Click the Tick and then Press Ok to reload the Directory.
5) Go to Settings > Administrators > Add
6) Type in the User ID of one’s Workplace 365 User Account that you want to give permissions to login to windows azure subscription as a co-administrator.
You will notice that it will find that user ID that is associated with your directory that you either linked to for your Office 365 account, or that is located in the manually created Azure Active Directory.
Click on the Tick when you have finished, and then you should see a successful task. The user should now be able to login to windows Azure subscription, and be able to administer this subscription.
Once you have done the above process, you will notice that the Azure Subscription still will have the Microsoft Account aka Live ID configured as the Account Owner and Service Administrator, If you wish to change these you need to open a Support Incident to the Subscriptions & Billing Team whom can assist you in transferring the subscription ownership from your Microsoft Account to Work Account aka Organizational Account.
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