Microsoft 365 represents a combination of Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility offerings – providing the most complete set of SaaS technologies that Microsoft has to offer. With Microsoft 365, organizations can deploy a complete solution encompassing both devices and applications, along with applying security and compliance policies to protect the entire suite.
This course will help you as you plan your deployment of Microsoft 365, along with configuring and managing your tenant once it’s deployed. It also covers setting up and managing a Microsoft 365 subscription for an enterprise – including managing identities, security, compliance and the supporting technologies in the Microsoft 365 stack.
This course focuses mainly on setting up and managing a Microsoft 365 tenant – including the process for setting up a trial tenant, adding your own domains, and converting your tenant beyond the trial to a fully functional production environment. Now, these steps can seem to be very easy – just click a few options, answer a few questions, and you’re done. In fact, it is that easy! However, if you’re not aware of the big picture and asking some important questions along the way, you can end up painting yourself into a corner and causing problems down the road. At best, you might need to redo some things, at worst, you leave yourself with problems on your hands that might be difficult to sort out later.
After you’re set up, we’ll move on to talking about some of the things you need to consider in your day to day monitoring and management of your Microsoft 365 Tenant and the services that make it up. We’re also going to run through a few demos – showing you some of the practical steps involved, along with some tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way.
- Set up a new Microsoft 365 tenant and subscription
- Add domains to the tenant and configure them for the various service offerings
- Perform the day to day management of your users, including managing user accounts and license assignment
- Know how to monitor the various services in your M365 tenant and have a plan in place to respond to service alerts and manage service requests
This course is intended for people who:
- Want to become a Microsoft 365 administrator
- Are preparing to take the Microsoft’s MS-100 exam
To get the most from this course, you should have a general understanding of networking & server administration as well as IT fundamentals such as DNS, Active Directory and PowerShell.
Finally you could use the Power BI Office 365 Adoption Pack to gain insights on how your organization is adopting the various services within Office 365 to communicate and collaborate. You can visualize and analyze this usage data and use it create custom reports and share the insights within your organization.
This Adoption Pack gives you a cross product view of the last 12 months of usage within your organization and contains a number of built in reports. You can take advantage of the Office 365 Adoption Pack with a free Power BI license. To get started navigate to the Usage Reporting page, under Reports and then Usage. And then locate the Microsoft 365 usage analytics card and then click Get Started. Turn the option On to make make data available to Microsoft 365 usage analytics for Power BI and click Save. Depending on the size of your tenent this data collection time can take anywhere from two hours to two days. Once the data collection is complete the Go to Power BI button will light up and you will be able to go to the Power BI dashboard and configure data integration.
Once your Go to Power BI button is lit up go ahead and copy your tenent ID to your clipboard. And then click the Go to Power BI button. If you haven't signed up for a Power BI account go ahead and do so now. Once signed in to Power BI go down to your workspace and choose Service Content Packs under More ways to create your own content. In the Apps tab type Microsoft 365 and then choose Get It Now under the usage analytics. On the connection screen paste in the tenent ID that you copied earlier. And then click Next. Make sure to choose OAuth2 under the Authentication method or authentication will fail. Click Sign In to complete. Once the instance has been created and configured the dashboard will load initial usage data in about half an hour. And you can start looking through this usage data and building reports or dashboards based on your business needs.
Jeremy Dahl is a Senior Technology Consultant who has spent the last 8 years focusing on Microsoft 365 technologies and has been an Office 365 MVP for the last 6 years. Jeremy is a self-proclaimed cloud addict who architects technology solutions that combine cloud technologies with on-premises solutions, allowing organizations to make the most of their existing infrastructure while still taking full advantage of the agility and scalability of what the cloud has to offer.
Jeremy can be found blogging about Microsoft 365 technologies on his website, masterandcmdr.com, and evangelizing the Microsoft cloud on Twitter.