In this video, discover how to add an organizational domain name for Microsoft 365.
- [Instructor] Let's drop onto our demo environment and see how to add a custom domain to Microsoft 365. I've logged onto my Microsoft 365 admin center, and in the center of the home screen, we can see that we need to finish off setting up the domain. I'll select Go to Setup. The first thing we need to do is type in the domain that we already own. I am using contoso-electronics.com, as I own this domain. You'll need to purchase or use your own domain to be able to customize your Microsoft 365 trial. And then click Next. The domain name is verified, and Microsoft will automatically find the domain registrar. My domain registrar is 123-reg.co.uk. Yours will be likely to be different, but the steps will be similar across all registrars. We have two choices. We could automatically allow the wizard to configure our DNS records for us, which is the recommended method, or we can manually add the verification records. I'll choose the manual method, so I can show you the records being put in place. And click Next. Here we can see the records that I need to add to my domain registrar. I'll click Copy, and then head over to my domain registrar. In the advanced domain settings, I'll select Manage DNS. And then Advanced DNS. I now need to select TXT, configure the host record, and I can paste the text, and then click Add. We can see the DNS entry has been accepted. I'll now return to the admin portal and click Verify. The text record has been accepted. I can now add my new users. I'll just add mine for now. We have the option of providing an alternative email address for each user. I'll provide the Outlook address I created earlier, and click Send Email, and then click Next. If you want to use Microsoft Teams for our Microsoft 365, we'll click Add Team. When you create a new Team, it adds an Office 365 mail account and also a Sharepoint Team site. I'll provide a title, description, select the owner and members. I can modify the owner and members at a later stage. And now I'll click Add. And click Close. I'll now click Next. Here we have the option to migrate email messages from a previous email service. I don't want to migrate email messages, and I'll click Next. I then need to connect our domain to Microsoft 365. Remember, the first text record that I used earlier was just to verify that I owned the domain. This section now allows me to add records to point my domain to Microsoft 365 servers. Again, I could let the wizard add the records for me. I'll select the manual record so you can see the records being put in place. You now need to choose your online services. Here we can see, we have Exchange, Skype for Business, and MDM. I'll select Exchange, but I don't need Skype for Business, since I'll be using Microsoft Teams. I'll click Next. Here we can see the DNS records I need to add to my hosting partner. I'll select each one, head over to my DNS registrar, and add the records. You will need to add the remainder of the DNS records. I've completed adding the DNS records, and will now click Verify. The records are being verified, in some cases this can take 15 minutes and up to 24 hours. If you do receive an error, you should double-check the records have been created correctly. If in doubt, you can use the setup wizard to export the table of DNS records that you need. I'll now finalize the settings for our Microsoft 365 tenant. The first option, that allows me to protect work files on devices when they're lost or stolen, enables this by forcing users to save files to OneDrive for Business and encrypting work files, and also, that allows me to configure how users access work files whilst on mobile devices. In some respects, these settings simplify the management for you. You can configure each and every one of these settings within Microsoft InTune at a later stage. I'll allow these settings and click Next. The last settings that we need to configure are for Windows 10 machines. Securing Windows 10 machines is a good idea. Here we can see a list of settings that will be automatically configured for us. We can also allow the installation of Office onto our devices. I'll click Next. Great, the wizard is completed. We can confirm the domain has been set up by heading to domains, and here we can see contoso-electronics is a default domain. If we've used a domain name that we want to keep after the trial is finished, we'll need to revert the original domain. We can do this by selecting Set as Default. We're about to set this as the default. We'll then be in a position where we can remove the domain.
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