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Activate User Licenses


Applies to: Office 365 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-01

Your organization cannot enable Exchange Online without first activating user licenses. The procedure that follows shows the steps to activate licenses for groups of users from the Admin area within the Microsoft cloud services Portal.

There are several strategies to consider when activating groups of users at the same time. For example, you might activate groups of users who require the same type of license, or activate groups of users who share the same location.

To activate user licenses

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Online Services Portal with your Office 365 administrator credentials.

  2. In the portal header, click Admin.

  3. Under Management, click Users.

  4. From the list of users, determine which licenses you want to assign to specific users and then select the check box next to each user’s name.

  5. Click Activate Synced Users.

  6. Select the location for the group of users (example: United States).

  7. Check the license you would like to assign these users.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Click Activate.

  10. Click Finish.


 In addition to using the Microsoft cloud services Portal, your organization can programmatically assign user licenses by using the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365. For more information, see Help topic Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365.
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