Manage Office 365 with PowerShell

The core components of Office 365 are Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online, all are running on top of Windows Azure Active Directory as shown in the following figure:

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All services can be managed from the Microsoft Online Portal. When logged on to the portal you can select the various services under Admin in the navigation pane. It is also possible to manage Office 365 using PowerShell, but all services require a different approach or module.

Managing Windows Azure Active Directory using PowerShell

To manage Windows Azure Active Directory with PowerShell you have to install the Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell (64-bit version) but before you can use this you also have to install the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant. Continue reading Manage Office 365 with PowerShell

Add new users in Office 365 using the Microsoft Online Portal

In my previous blogpost I explained how to add additional domains to your Office 365. In this blogpost I’ll explain how to create new users in Office 365. To add new users in Office 365 you can use the Microsoft Online Portal or Remote PowerShell, both for single users or for bulk users.

Add users using the Portal

To add new users, in the Microsoft Online Portal select Users and Active Users. Initially you will only see your default administrator account. To add a new user click the + icon.

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The Create new user account wizard will show up where you can add a First name, Last name, Display name and User name. a password will be auto-generated, but you can also select Type password to enter a new password manually. The new password will be shown on screen and it will be sent to the administrator account in your organization. Continue reading Add new users in Office 365 using the Microsoft Online Portal

Manage Domains in Office 365 step-by-step

In a previous blog post I explained how to create a new organization (tenant) in Office 365. After the initial creation there’s one (administrative) account and you can start working with that account almost immediately. For example, when you logon to https://outlook.office365.com/owa and use the credentials you entered when creating the new tenant you logon to OWA and you can start sending email, there’s not much to see though at this point :-)

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When you send an email your email address will be admin@inframan.onmicrosoft.com, not nice but it works. Continue reading Manage Domains in Office 365 step-by-step

Extend Office 365 trial

In my previous blog I explained how to create a new tenant in Office 365 which start with a 30 days trail period. It can happen that you haven’t finished testing within 30 days, so it’s good to know there’s the option to extend the Office 365 trial with another 30 days.

To achieve this logon to the Microsoft Online Portal via https://portal.microsoftonline.com and login with the global administrator account. In the main menu select Billing and Subscriptions and in the subscription details (on the right) click Extend trial.

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To extend the trial subscription you need to enter your credit card details, but your card won’t be charged for extending the trial period. In the pop-up windows, click Next and in the following windows enter your credit card details. Once entered click Extend trial and you’re good for another 30 days.

Please note you can extend your Office 365 trial only once.

Create a new organization in Office 365

Creating a new organization in Office 365 is relatively easy. You need a valid domain, a unique tenant name and if you want to use it beyond the 30 days trial period a valid credit card.

Before creating (or provisioning) a new tenant you have to select the Business Plan that will match your business needs. You can find a nice overview of all Office 365 Business Plans on the Microsoft site via http://bit.ly/CompareAllO365BusinessPlans.

When you scroll down you’ll the Business Plans that have a free trial available. In this blog post I’ll focus on the Enterprise E3 plan.

When you click Free Trial at the bottom of the page you can configure a new tenant in Office 365 with a 30 days trial period. You need to enter you name, email address, telephone number and organization name as shown in the following figure.

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The next step is to create your first user ID. This will automatically the Global Administrator of your Office 365. I always recommend not using a regular user for this, but create a dedicated administrator with an appropriate name like admin or administrator.

Continue reading Create a new organization in Office 365

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