Join David Elfassy for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting familiar with the Office 365 admin center, part of Administration for Cloud-Based Office 365.
- In the previous video in this course we discussed Office 365 offerings and all about Office 365 cloud solution. Now, as you can guess, the first thing to do in order to manage the Office 365 infrastructure, is actually log in to our Office 365 portal. Now in order to do that I need to come into login.microsoftonline.com and from this interface I'm gonna put in my User Name and Password. Now here, my User Name is in a domain called elfassy.ca which is a domain that I registered for the purpose of these demonstrations.
I'll put in my Password. And I then enter into the Office 365 Admin center. Now the Office 365 Admin center is really my main portal for managing, not only my administrative options, but also my user options. From here I'll be able to go in and look at my e-mail, access my Calendar, interact with people that I have business or personal relationships with. I can access my Newsfeed, access also my documents that are stored in SharePoint through my personal documents in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint sites.
I can also access a list of Tasks. And from this Admin link over here I see my Office 365 Admin center link, which is where my interface is currently in and I also see three additional portals. The Exchange Admin center, the Lync Admin center, and the SharePoint Admin center. Those three Admin centers will be used to manage Exchange, Lync and SharePoint's specific settings. Office 365 Admin center will be used to manage all the general settings for your Office 365 deployment. Now I'll go through some of these settings.
First here, I'm presented with my Dashboard service health. Now this is very important because it actually lets you know how your Office 365 deployment, that is stored in Microsoft data centers, how it's actually servicing right now. Now as you can tell both my Exchange and SharePoint services are now in yellow. With a status of Restoring service. Now what this means is that there currently is some kind of issue within the Office 365 Exchange online settings within Microsoft data centers.
The engineers are working on it and they're trying to restore 100 percent of my service. A green status, which I have here for my Lync solution, or my Lync services means that all my services are functioning correctly. Another color option we could have is red. We don't want to see red. Red means that there is currently no access to the solution. Yellow means there's some access but some users may experience a degraded service. I have additional options here such as service requests that allow me to open up service requests to Microsoft if I have specific problems with my own Office 365 solution.
I have some basic reporting such as how many users are actually active within my organization. I have spam reports. How much spam is actually going in? And how much spam is actually being filtered out in my Office 365 anti-spam solution? I also have the message center that provides general messages that are provided from Microsoft to various Office 365 subscribers. Now all of these options you see on the left? They'll all be covered in various videos within this course.
However, there's some of them that I want to bring to your immediate attention. And the first one that I wanna take a look at is Billing. Now, you're gonna think, why am I talking about Billing and Subscriptions right away? Well, because it really has to do with how many configuration options I see within my Interface. Based on what Subscription I've purchased from Microsoft or what is my Billing option essentially? Well, that will define how many services are available to me. I can purchase Office 365 with Exchange only, with Exchange and SharePoint only and no Lync.
I can purchase these additional services as I go as well by changing my subscription. If I wanna see what Subscription I currently have I click on my Subscription detail and within the Subscription detail I see the information about my Subscription and when it expires and also the number of licenses that are included in my Subscription. Now if I go back to my Admin center I can also click on my Buy now option to modify my Subscription. And that will actually give me the list of all other Subscriptions that are available and which ones I may be able to purchase.
Drilling down into these various options I'll see that I'll have the ability to modify and to troubleshoot my entire Office 365 deployment. And I can do that by clicking here on TOOLS which actually provides several Troubleshooters and Office 365 analyzers. These analyzers are used to verify your deployment, your configurations, whether your deployment is a full Office 365 only deployment. That is, all of the users in your organizations are actually hosted and stored in Office 365.
Or if you have an Office 365 hybrid coexistence deployment. That is, you have an on-premises solution and also an Office 365 solution that coexist and share information together. And now moving back up to the Office 365 Admin center by clicking on Dashboard, I'm brought back to my Interface that is really my starting point of my Office 365 deployment. And I mention that it's the starting point because it brings me to the setup link. Now the setup link, once you purchase and log in to your Office 365 deployment the first time, this is where you'll be able to setup your e-mail domains.
Now we have two options here. The quick start option and the extend your setup option. The quick start option is really designed to take you through a wizard that will setup your basic Office 365 deployment. This is really not for people that have a complex deployment with Exchange coexistence or on-premises coexistence. If your deployment is slightly more complex you're going to go through the extend your setup wizard. And this wizard will take us through the setting up of our domains and hybrid coexistence and even federation services, where our users from our organization can still Log in to Office 365 with their own User Name and Password.
Additionally, to setup your infrastructure, you can also manage your domains. Now a domain is the SMTP suffix that will be used by all users to log on. SMTP suffix is everything that appears after your @ sign in your email address. Now for example, as you saw earlier, I logged in with my elfassy.ca SMTP suffix and that's how my User Name and Password are setup. Originally when I setup my Office 365 deployment I was provided with a netlogoncloudonmicrosoft.com long complicated SMTP suffix.
I didn't want to use that every time I was logging in so I created a new domain and assigned that domain to my Office 365 deployment. In a later video in this course we'll look at the process for setting up those domain names and how those need to be configured within the domain name system, or DNS.
- Managing global subscription settings, domain names, and user settings
- Managing Exchange mailboxes
- Implementing Exchange distribution and security groups
- Using Message Trace
- Implementing Exchange rules
- Managing SharePoint compliance settings
- Managing Lync settings
- Using remote PowerShell to manage Office 365