Description: The article is about office 365 home login. This is an overview of office 365 for IT administrators. The author introduces almost every features that you may meet in Office 365 administration portal, he gives a detailed instruction about Office 365 software.
Welcome to this overview of office 365 for IT administrators. The new office 365 administration portal provides improved ease of management for IT professionals, you can have configured users mailboxes, site settings, downloads and more all from a single web-based interface.
You can monitor service health and maintenance activities with an easy to read dashboard and customizable reports, let’s take a look. As an administrator, when you log on to the office 365 portal, you’ll enter the admin center, from here, you can access the office tools you use most as well as monitor the health of all the office applications in your organization. From this blue navigation bar, you have easy access to all the services available to you.
Outlook allows you to check your email and monitor administrative alerts from a new easy-to-use web interface, calendar gives you access to your calendar and events. People section takes you to your contacts and global address list which includes everyone in your organization. From newsfeed, you can follow discussions within your organization and track websites and documents, this is the social networking page for your activities within the organization.
Skydrive is an online service that lets you store, share and manage documents in the cloud. When you click a document link, you can preview that document and then edit it, share it or follow it in your newsfeed. Site takes you to team sites and public website including all the sites you’re following. In the example, several different sites are being followed, you can click any link to go to that site.
You have immediate access to the office store where you can download applications to deploy in your organization, you can also go directly to office.com, it is the Microsoft Office home page, let’s return to the admin Center. We can do that from the admin drop-down list in the blue bar. You have access to your exchange link and SharePoint administrator portals.
On the right side of the page, you can see a number of administrator shortcuts and resources available for the most frequently used administrative functions, on the left side, links make it easy to navigate the admin Center, let’s look at some of the key features that will help you get started with office 365 quickly.
Setup makes it easy to move your organization to office 365, most midsize businesses should use basic setup which gives step-by-step instructions for setting up a domain, mailboxes, user access and DNS for email delivery. If you have a more complex IT environment, you can complete the setup manually with the custom setup link.
Further assistance for custom setup is available on microsoft technet. Since most midsize businesses we asked say that they like a simple setup process, we created the basic setup option, let’s drill a little deeper to see what it entails. First, we help you add or transfer your domain on to office 365, you can use the default domain or create a link to your own public domain.
In this example, you’re specifying your domain as contoso.com, you can get instructions on how to transfer your domain from one of the major domain registrar services, you can click the drop-down arrow and pick the service where you registered your domain. You can follow the instructions to claim this domain and transfer the record over to office 365.
Once the transfer is complete, you can route mail delivery or host a website through office 365. Next, you’ll add user accounts and mailboxes, you can add a new user by manually entering their details and settings or you can add multiple users at the same time, we’ll take a look at both methods.
First, let’s manually add a new user by completing the required fields, you can add additional details such as the person’s job title and contact information, all of this information will become available in the organization’s global address list. If you want the user to have administrative permissions, you can assign those, you can also set the user’s location.
Assigning software licenses for a new user is a simple step, in the example, only one license is available. Once a new users information has been entered, a username and temporary password are assigned, you can choose to have these results sent to an email address, let’s see how to add multiple users at the same time by using a CSV file that has information on multiple people, let’s download a sample CSV file to see how its structured.
this file includes the data fields you might fill out about users, not all the information needs to be filled out, when you’re ready to bulk provision your own users, you can download this blank CSV file to get started. Another way to manage your users is to use your on-premises Active Directory service, you can click setup to access step-by-step instructions on synchronizing Active Directory services.
This page walks you through the optional steps to synchronize your local Active Directory with office 365 so that users can sign in using their corporate credentials and be managed by the same policy settings, let’s return to the basic setup page where the next step is to set up user access.
Today this step points to a help link that explains how to walk users through the process of setting up office 365 for their desktop as well as how to connect their phones and tablets. However, Microsoft is working to add functionality to help IT administrators set up their users’ desktops and phones.
The final required step to move your organization to office 365 is to configure your DNS for mail delivery, Microsoft is working to include step by step set up to help administrators through the process. The step points you to a help file that explains how to add an MX record at the domain registrar, let’s explore some other features in the admin center.
Domains section gives you a place to manage all your domain records, this example shows the domain that we created earlier, you can also add additional domains. Service settings lets you view and manage settings for mail, sites voice and conferencing and downloads across the organization from the admin Center, let’s explore some of these features.
Office 365 makes it simple to set up anti-malware and anti-spam policies, exchange has default security settings, but editing them is easy. For instance, the default policy allows exchange to take action when malware is detected, you can change the automatic response when malware is detected.
For example, you can decide which types of users are notified about harmful messages, you can also set up a custom malware alert message for different users such as internal centers versus external senders. Let’s see how to customize your spam filters.
You have default spam policies that are easy to edit, you can customize actions that are taken in response to spam emails. For example, spam messages can be automatically sent to specific folders and quarantined for however long you choose. You can even block emails written in different languages or sent from different countries.
Advanced Options lets you set specific conditions for marking messages as spam and actions to take when these conditions are met, this includes a user friendly spam scoring system, connection filters and outbound spam settings can also be easily modified, let’s explore the outbound spam settings in more detail. You can set outbound spam preferences that determine which actions are taken when outbound spam sent from your organisation is detected.
You can view any messages that are quarantined by your filters and decide how to handle them, let’s return to the service settings homepage and explore ways to customize your mail flow settings. We will start with mail flow rules and open a company email disclaimer, disclaimer rules determine what actions are taken for mail if certain conditions are met, you can define these conditions on this menu.
Delivery reports helps you find groups of messages with similar types of content or messages sent to or from certain individuals, the mobile page lets you determine email access rules for mobile devices. For instance, you can restrict email access for specific types of mobile devices, you can also set security policies for mobile devices.
Security settings can also be edited to require mobile devices to login with a password to gain access to office 365, service settings provides quick access to the most common email related tasks that administrators face on a regular basis, but when you need access to additional exchange administrative settings, this link opens the exchange administration Center.
In the exchange administration center, you can manage mailboxes, groups resources and contact, let’s go back to service settings. Sites helps you manage your SharePoint site collections, in the SharePoint administration Center, you can create and manage site collections and individual team sites. With a few clicks, you can create a new site collection.
You can also dive deeper into SharePoint configuration using the SharePoint administrator center, let’s look at voice and conferencing options, these service settings help you configure video and conference calling through link. The link Administration Center helps you organize your remote meetings, you can easily customize Lync meeting invitations to meet your organization’s needs.
For instance, you can add your corporate logo or replace the default support URL with your own. The link Administration Center also helps you import and export users to your audio conferencing, let’s look at downloads, download service settings lets you choose which software users can download and install directly from office 365.
This includes the latest version of Office as well as Lync and SharePoint designer, you can even deploy certain software applications for Mac users, it’s easy to control which software is available for your users to download. For example, you can restrict the SharePoint designer rights to only some of your users, let’s look at service help.
Service help lets you see how office 365 services have performed over time, each service can be expanded for more detail. The service health dashboard shows whether services are working or not, everything looks good. You can also stay informed of planned maintenance for these services. Predefined reports gives you the inside scoop on what’s happening within your organization. For example, you can see graphical reports on the use of email.
Finally, support is the place to go for help with anything related to office 365, if you need more help, you can contact the virtual agent, he will answer your questions. The new office 365 administration portal makes deploying and managing office 365 easier than ever for IT professionals.