Grant API permissions

Here we will grant Graph API permissions to the managed identity so it can access data from MS Graph.

Managed identity

We need to grant API permissions to the service principal object in Azure. For a managed identity, this can only be done with PowerShell at the time of writing.

Run the following PowerShell code to grant API permissions. You need the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK and an account with Global administrator or Application administrator permissions.

Set the following variables in the script:

  • TenantID. This is the tenant ID for your tenant.

  • EnterpriseAppName. The display name of your managed identity, which is the same as the name of your automation account.

  • RolesToAssign. Here you can list which permissions you want to grant. You can reference the MS Docs to find the permissions you need. As a minimum, the following permissions are needed for this report:

    • DeviceManagementManagedDevices.Read.All

    • DeviceManagementConfiguration.Read.All

    • DeviceManagementApps.Read.All

Note these are application permissions not delegated permissions

# Tenant Id
$TenantId = "<MyTenantId>"
# List of permission names
$RolesToAssign = @(
#  DisplayName of the Managed Identity (Enterprise app, Service principal) you are assigning permissions to
$EnterpriseAppName = "<MyAppName>"
# Connect to Graph
Import-Module Microsoft.Graph.Applications
Connect-Graph -TenantId $TenantId -NoWelcome
# Get the service principals
$GraphApp = Get-MgServicePrincipal -Filter "AppId eq '00000003-0000-0000-c000-000000000000'" # Microsoft Graph
$EnterpriseApp = Get-MgServicePrincipal -Filter "DisplayName eq '$EnterpriseAppName'"
# Assign the roles
foreach ($Role in $RolesToAssign) {
    $Role = $GraphApp.AppRoles | Where-Object { $_.Value -eq $Role }
    $params = @{
        principalId = $EnterpriseApp.Id
        resourceId = $GraphApp.Id
        appRoleId = $Role.Id
    New-MgServicePrincipalAppRoleAssignment -ServicePrincipalId $EnterpriseApp.Id -BodyParameter $params

Once granted, you will find these permissions listed against the Enterprise application for your managed identity in the Permissions pane.

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