Description: It is intended for brand new users of Office 365 to familiarize us with the Admin Center. We can use what Microsoft calls the Enterprise 3 Plan to find the information related to portal office.
I’m using what Microsoft calls the Enterprise 3 Plan. It is what my admin center looks like, which is the basic layout that may seem slightly different than yours. You have all of the common commands you might want to click on. On the left-hand side are all of the menus that you might want to use, which provides much control.
Starting with the user area, you’ll find you can add or delete deactivate users. There’s also a contacts area and a data migration area which is more focused on Outlook. Exchange functionality groups are a very important area for you to get familiar with based on the fact that it is how you will manage groups of people that have access to things like SharePoint or shared mailboxes or going off to an interesting one called resources.
These three links aren’t that similar rooms and equipment when people create a calendar request or outlook, they can request a conference room or projector sites, which has nothing to do with your business sites or your locations.
Instead, this is a list of SharePoint sites you have inside your Office 365 account. So you can see if you add an HR site, it would be listed.
Next, we have the public website. You do not have a website for your company. Then, you can use one of Microsoft’s recommended providers or create your own corporate site using SharePoint. What we’re going to talk about is the billing area.
I’m not going to click on many of these links as there is a lot of information that’s personal on the site, but you can see there are all of your subscriptions to various Office 365 services, your bills and your licenses. You can purchase services and get billing notifications.
I’ll simply show you the licensing area. I have an office 365 III account. I can see how many people I can add to the service (a total of 26 people). I can do Power bi and I also have project online with Microsoft Project for Office 365.
We will skip the support area because that’s a link to request Microsoft support to contact you under the settings section. Add-ins is a long list of services Microsoft provides that you can enable and configure for Office 365. For example, you can enable two-factor authentication, configure Skype for business and even configure ZWEI, which is a sort of PowerPoint like application security. Privacy allows you to configure password policies like how long it takes before the password expires.
Whether or not people can change their own passwords, it allows you to configure sharing. So you could determine whether people can share information outside your network. Domains allow you to add your corporate network domains to Office 365 by default. You’re going to get one account which is what you signed up with. Then, you’ll add your corporate network, but you could add more moving on to the data migration area.
Microsoft assumes that since you’re using Office 365, you might be moving off another platform. Where you can import data from Gmail or upload old outlook files? We will move on to the reports section. Have you ever purchased an application? You’re wondering what features people are using. Office 365 provides you an insight that with built in reports, so you can see there’s a number of active users that are accessing SharePoint and any other app you have enabled in office 365.
We then come to a large white space. There should be reports displayed that show you the usage of excessive time. There’s a reason why those reports aren’t displaying.
As to how to figure that out in a moment security and compliance from deep within office 365, you need a central portal to manage your auditing of data protection of data and data loss prevention which Microsoft terms DLP.
Then, we get to the service health section. Earlier we came to the reports section, where I showed the active users a number of files and SharePoint usage. However, I had expected to see some charts and graphs they weren’t displaying in the service health area.
Unexpectedly, it can’t generate reports. It further says the admin is unable to generate reports from the Office 365 admin portal, so I know why those reports weren’t showing. I can also refine my criteria by using these menus on the left similar to the service health area. We have the message Center. The message Center will also inform you of potential incidents, but it will also give you a timeline as to what new features are being added to Office 365. Even features that have been deprecated are removed from Office 365.
There are also news and updates available, so you can stay up to date on your Office 365 environment. The newly-added section gives you more detail at a higher level. This is your 30,000-foot view of your Office 365 environment. Here are the updates that happened over the last few months giving you some sense as to what’s coming up in the near future.
Finally, the last section is the left-side panel. We have the admin centers where you can dive in and manage. Administer has certain applications like exchange one drive. Instead of digging deep into all of those, we will have a quick overview.
Next, we’re going to focus on the top left to that blue square with the little dots. Microsoft refers to this as the waffle. This is your way to access common applications, everything from Microsoft Word to your calendar and email and other web-based applications you might need to access.
Then, we come to the gear icon. This is the settings area. Some of these settings are for you, while others are for the entire Office 365 implementation. Change of theme is not suggested unless you know exactly what you’re doing. You can set up notifications to change your password. You can also set the default home screen even if you’re an admin. You may not want to go to the Admin Center every single time. You might want to go to mail, so you can change that to the left of the gear icon. That’s your notifications bar. You will see important notices from Office 365 coming to the central location.
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