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Office 365 Administration

Office 365
 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2014-10-09

The following administration tools are available in Microsoft Office 365.

The Office 365 admin center includes the following areas:

NoteNote:
Many of these tasks can also be done using the Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell.

 

Area Purpose

Getting started pane

This pane is available for the first 30 days. It includes links and wizards to get you started using Office 365, including links to videos, a setup wizard, and software to download.

Dashboard

This is the landing page for Office 365 administrators. You can see a quick overview of your service health and usage, and access helpful resources for administering Office 365. For more information, see Service Health.

Setup

This page provides step-by-step setup guidance, and includes options for basic and custom setup.

Users & groups

This is the central place to do most tasks related to users and groups. You can add, edit, or delete users, reset passwords, assign licenses, set up security groups, and manage any delegated administrators.

You can also use this page to set up single sign-on and directory synchronization. For more information, see User Account Management.

Domains

This is the central place to manage your Office 365 domains. You can add or remove domains, view DNS settings, and troubleshoot domain-related issues. For more information, see Domains.

Licensing

You can view the details of your subscriptions and their term end dates, view the number of assigned licenses, and renew subscriptions.

External sharing

This is the central place to manage your users’ ability to collaborate with external contacts. You can allow users to share access to their Exchange calendars and SharePoint sites and documents with people in external organizations. You can also enable users to communicate with people outside of your organization using Lync.

Service settings

The Office 365 admin center contains links to commonly used Exchange Online service settings, as well as password, community participation, and mobile settings. Additional service settings are managed in the Exchange admin center, Lync admin center, and SharePoint admin center.

Service health

You can view service health for all your services, a historical view of incidents that affected your service, and upcoming planned maintenance. You can also sign up for an RSS feed for service incidents. For more information, see Service Health.

Reports

You can view reports for all your services. The reports are grouped by the services included in your subscription. For more information, see Reports.

Support

You can search for answers, view solutions to common issues, and access troubleshooting tools. You can create a new service request online or review existing service requests. If you prefer to call Support, this page includes contact information. For more information, see Support.

Purchase services

Purchase additional subscriptions.

The Office 365 portal includes the following areas for administering Office 365:

 

Area Purpose

Getting started pane

This pane includes links and wizards to get admins started using Office 365, including links to videos, a domain setup wizard, and software to download. You can hide and reopen this page as needed.

Users & groups

This is the central place to do most tasks related to users and groups. Admins can add, edit, or delete users; reset passwords; assign licenses; and set up distribution groups, external contacts, and shared mailboxes. For more information, see User Account Management.

Domains

This is the central place to manage Office 365 domains. Admins can add or remove domains, view DNS settings, and troubleshoot domain-related issues. For more information, see Domains.

Licenses

Admins can view the details of their subscriptions and their term end dates, view the number of assigned licenses, and renew and purchase subscriptions.

Service settings

Admins can configure basic settings for all Office 365 services from one location.

The following Exchange Online settings can be managed from the Office 365 portal:

  • Places

  • Facebook and LinkedIn contact sync

  • Calendar settings

  • Email on phones using Exchange ActiveSync

  • External contacts

  • Shared mailboxes

  • Distribution groups

The following SharePoint Online settings can be managed from the Office 365 portal:

  • Manage public website

  • Manage team site

  • Delegate site administrators

The following Lync Online settings can be managed from the Office 365 portal:

  • Instant messaging notifications on mobile devices

  • Dial-in conferencing

  • Online presence

  • External communications

  • Recording

The following additional settings can be managed from the Office 365 portal:

  • Password expiration policy

  • Email on phones using Exchange ActiveSync

  • Instant messaging notifications on mobile devices

Service status

Admins can view service status for all their services, and upcoming planned maintenance.

Support

Admins can search for answers, view solutions to common issues, and access troubleshooting tools. For Sev A (critical) support issues, they can use the phone numbers on this page to contact Support. They can also create a new service request online or review existing service requests. For more information, see Support.

The Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell includes cmdlets that you can use to manage domains and users. For more information see Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365.

Exchange Online and SharePoint Online modules for Windows PowerShell can be used to administer those services. For more information, see Exchange Online cmdlets, and Introduction to the SharePoint Online management shell.

Azure Rights Management (RMS) provides content authors with the ability to protect content by adding limitations such as who can open, modify, copy, print, forward, or take other actions, which is known as Information Rights Management (IRM). All Office 365 users can view IRM-protected content. For more information, see Rights Management.

 

Feature

Office 365 Business Essentials

Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Education E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Education E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Education E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Administer Office 365 by using the Office 365 admin center

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Administer Office 365 by using the Office 365 portal

No

No

No

No

No

No

Manage core service settings from Office 365

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Use Windows PowerShell to manage Office 365

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Protect content by using Azure RMS

No

No

No1

Yes

Yes

No1

NoteNote:
1 Azure RMS is not included, but can be purchased as a separate add-on and will enable the supported Information Rights Management (IRM) features. Some Azure RMS features require a subscription to Office 365 ProPlus, which is not included with Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Education E1, Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Enterprise K1, or Office 365 Government K1.

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