Track User Sign-ins Using Scenario Monitoring in Entra

Track User Sign-ins Using Scenario Monitoring in Entra

Microsoft Entra Health (preview) helps you monitor the Microsoft Entra tenant health efficiently. It includes a report of Service Level Agreement (SLA) attainment and the ability to review sign-in reporting scenarios using scenario monitoring. In an organization, monitoring user sign-ins is crucial to identify suspicious logins and prevent unauthorized access. There are usually many additional checks available during authentication before a successful user login. Though organizations utilize them, IT admins often verify various sign-in scenarios to ensure none of the loopholes are left unmonitored. Here comes Scenario Monitoring in Entra, currently in public preview, to simplify sign-in monitoring and save time. 

Let’s explore how Scenario monitoring and SLA attainment report in Microsoft Entra Health works.  

Enable Scenario Monitoring Preview for Sign-in Reporting

The scenario monitoring preview feature is disabled by default, and you must enable it to track sign-in reporting scenarios. You can also disable the preview at any time, if not required. Follow the steps below to enable scenario monitoring preview in Microsoft Entra.

  • Sign in to the Microsoft Entra admin center as at least a Reports Reader. 
  • Navigate to Identity –> Settings –> Preview hub
  • Turn on the scenario monitoring toggle to enable the preview feature. 

Note: After enabling, it might take up to 24 hours to populate. Enabling this preview feature changes only your view, not the entire tenant.

License Requirement for Microsoft Entra Health

To access Microsoft Entra Health features like Scenario monitoring and SLA attainment report, you must have a Microsoft Entra P1 license.

Track Sign-in Activity Trends Using Scenario Monitoring Preview

Scenario monitoring in Entra provides sign-in trends at the tenant level. To access this feature, navigate to Identity –> Monitoring & Health –> Health (Preview) –> Scenario Monitoring in the Entra admin center. You will have separate tiles for each sign-in reporting scenario and by clicking on ‘View Details’ option, you can visualize the metrics specific to that scenario. The sign-in trends for the last 30 days will be available for each scenario. You can also set the date range from 24 hours to 1 month.  

Let’s dive deep into the four crucial scenarios monitored frequently by organizations.

Scenario monitoring in Entra

1. Review Sign-ins Requiring Device Compliance Using Scenario Monitoring in Entra

If your organization’s Conditional Access requires users to be signed in from a compliant device, the successful sign-in count satisfying this condition will be shown in this scenario. The data provided here is aggregated every 15 minutes. It clearly shows the number of user authentication requests successfully logged in using a compliant device. A compliant device can be an iOS/Android device, tablet, or Microsoft Entra joined computers (not hybrid) and is managed by Microsoft Intune.

Review Sign-ins requiring compliant devices

2. Monitor Sign-in Scenarios Requiring a Managed Device

This scenario shows the successful sign-in count that satisfies a CA policy requiring user sign-ins from a managed device. On-premises managed or joined computers and Entra ID hybrid joined computers are considered as managed devices.

Review sign-ins requiring manged devices

3. Monitor Interactive Sign-in Scenarios Requiring Azure MFA

Successful and failed interactive user sign-ins that require Microsoft Entra MFA authentication are provided with clear spikes here. Admins can easily identify the failed sign-ins that don’t satisfy the MFA authentication process and take necessary actions.

Review sign-ins requiring Azure MFA

Note: Instances where a user refreshes the session without completing the interactive MFA or using passwordless sign-in methods are not included in these metrics.

4. Monitor Application Sign-ins Using SAML Authentication

This scenario shows the number of sign-in attempts to applications using SAML 2.0 authentication successfully processed by the Microsoft Entra cloud service for your tenant.

Review sign-ins to apps using SAML authentication

Note: Currently, WS-FED/SAML 1.1 apps integrated with Microsoft Entra ID are excluded from this metric.

Scenario Monitoring in Entra Using Graph Explorer

You can also view the above sign-in scenario metrics using Microsoft Graph Explorer effectively. Using various cmdlets for each sign-in scenario, you can effectively monitor the following. 

  • Successful sign-ins of compliant devices. 
  • Successful sign-ins of managed devices.  
  • Successful application sign-ins using SAML authentication. 
  • Successful & failed Entra MFA sign-in attempts. 

Monitor Tenant Health Using SLA Attainment

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) provides details about the services provided like service uptime, available duration, etc. In Microsoft Entra Health, the SLA attainment report is available by default. Using this report, you can check the authentication availability rate for each month for your tenant. Apart from global SLA performance, Microsoft Entra now provides a tenant-level SLA report with precise details for organizations having at least 5000 monthly active users.

Monitor authentication availability rate using SLA report

I hope this blog helps to learn about Microsoft Entra Health features to manage your tenant health efficiently and save your time. Reach out to us through the comment section for any queries. Have a healthy tenant!

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Track User Sign-ins Using Scenario Monitoring in Entra

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