Configuring Office 365 Integration
Updated: August 21, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
To successfully configure Office 365 Integration with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you must complete the following steps in the order listed.
- Step One: Prepare your server
- Step Two: Set up Microsoft Office 356 Integration
- Step Three: Link your professional Internet domain to Office 365
Make sure that you connect the server to the Internet.
Make sure that you install the most recent critical and important updates on the server and client computers.
On the Dashboard Home page, click Email, click Integrate with Microsoft Office 365, and then click Set up Microsoft Office 365 Integration.
The Microsoft Office 365 Integration Wizard appears.
On the Getting Started page of the wizard, do one of following:
If you do not yet have a subscription to Office 365, click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard to subscribe to Office 365 or to sign up for a trial subscription.
Note After you subscribe to Office 365 and then sign in, you can return to the Microsoft Office 365 Integration Wizard and continue the setup. It is not necessary to perform any of the tasks that appear in the Start here section of the Office 365 portal. For information about how to use the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard to create and manage Office 365 accounts, see Managing Office 365 User Accounts on Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
If you have an existing subscription to Office 365 that you want to integrate with the server, select the I already have a subscription for Office 365 check box, and then click Next. Follow the instructions in the wizard.
- If you do not yet have a subscription to Office 365, click Next, and then follow the instructions in the wizard to subscribe to Office 365 or to sign up for a trial subscription.
If you registered an Internet domain for your small business, you can configure the domain to work with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and then link the domain to your Office 365 subscription. After you link your professional domain Office 365, you can receive email that is addressed to mailboxes at your professional domain.
In the server Dashboard, open the Office 365 page, and then click Link a domain to Office 365.
Follow the instructions in the wizard.
If the Link Your Domain to Office 365 Wizard detects that your domain name is not managed by the server, to complete the configuration, you must manually configure the required DNS records. A list of DNS records that you must configure is saved on the server at %username%\NewDNSRecords_(n).txt (where “(n)” is a random number).
Contact your domain name provider and ask them to help you configure the domain name records properly. Refer to the TXT file for detailed configuration information.
After running the Link Your Domain to Office 365 Wizard, a message appears informing you that your DNS records must be verified by the service provider before the Office 365 services are associated with the domain. However, no further manual action is required for domain verification. Do not attempt to log on to the Office 365 portal to add or make any further changes to the DNS records.
|It generally takes about an hour to replicate your changes across the Internet. However, it can sometimes take longer. To view the domain status, go to the Office 365 page of the server Dashboard.|
|If you are migrating email, do not assign a preference of '0' to the new MX record. Make sure the value for the record is greater than the value that is assigned to the current MX record. When the email migration is complete and you are ready to change the email server to Office 365, contact your domain name provider and have them reset the preference value of the new MX record.|