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Deployment Prepare Phase


Applies to: Office 365 Dedicated Plans

Topic Last Modified: 2012-12-03

The Prepare Phase is the second of the three phases that make up a dedicated deployment project. The Prepare Phase starts after review of the Checkpoint 1 exit criteria and ends when your Office 365 services and infrastructure components are built out and ready for testing. At the conclusion of the Prepare Phase, your Service Desk is also ready to handle support requests from Office 365 users and escalate requests to Microsoft support teams.

During the Prepare Phase, you participate in three checkpoint reviews.

During the Prepare Phase, your organization and Microsoft will complete the key tasks listed below.

Microsoft Tasks

  • Install the dedicated hardware for your organization in Microsoft data centers and image the servers.
  • Build out the Microsoft domain that hosts a replica of the Active Directory environment where your Office 365 users reside.
  • Configure DNS and directory trusts to establish the Active Directory connection between your environment and the Microsoft environment.
  • Initiate the directory synchronization process between your environment and the Microsoft environment.
  • Build out the Office 365 services to which your organization has subscribed.
  • Provide Office 365 support training to your Service Desk.
  • Generate configuration documents for your environment and review those documents with your organization.
  • Test and validate the configuration of your environment for Office 365 services.
  • Develop the mailbox migration plan.
  • Conduct the checkpoint status meetings.

Your Tasks

  • Provide Microsoft with a disk image to install on the co-located domain controllers.
  • Create test accounts and configure test computers to enable Microsoft service testing.
  • Configure your environment according the documentation provided by Microsoft.
  • Correct any directory data errors after the initial directory synchronization.
  • Complete the build out temporary (VLAN) and permanent network connectivity.
  • Attend checkpoint status meetings.
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