Export (0) Print
Expand All

Office 365 Administration Features

Office 365
 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2015-04-13

The following administration tools are available in Microsoft Office 365.

The Office 365 admin center can be used to set up your organization in the cloud, add users, manage domains, licenses, and much more. In this article, learn how to get to the admin center and learn about the available features and settings. To learn more, see Office 365 admin center.

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.

If you have comments or questions about this topic, we'd love to hear from you. Just send your feedback to Office 365 Service Description Feedback. Your comments will help us provide the most accurate and concise content.

 
Was this page helpful?
(1500 characters remaining)
Thank you for your feedback
Show:
© 2015 Microsoft