Office 365 Administration

By Atul Chavan - 12:07 PM

The Office 365 admin center includes the following areas:
NoteNote:
Many of these tasks can also be done using the Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell.

 

Area Purpose
Getting started pane This pane is available for the first 30 days. It includes links and wizards to get you started using Office 365, including links to videos, a setup wizard, and software to download.
Dashboard This is the landing page for Office 365 administrators. You can see a quick overview of your service health and usage, and access helpful resources for administering Office 365. 
Setup This page provides step-by-step setup guidance, and includes options for basic and custom setup.
Users & groups This is the central place to do most tasks related to users and groups. You can add, edit, or delete users, reset passwords, assign licenses, set up security groups, and manage any delegated administrators.
You can also use this page to set up single sign-on and directory synchronization. For more information, see User Account Management.
Domains This is the central place to manage your Office 365 domains. You can add or remove domains, view DNS settings, and troubleshoot domain-related issues. For more information, see Domains.
Licensing You can view the details of your subscriptions and their term end dates, view the number of assigned licenses, and renew subscriptions.
External sharing This is the central place to manage your users’ ability to collaborate with external contacts. You can allow users to share access to their Exchange calendars and SharePoint sites and documents with people in external organizations. You can also enable users to communicate with people outside of your organization using Lync.
Service settings The Office 365 admin center contains links to commonly used Exchange Online service settings, as well as password, community participation, and mobile settings. Additional service settings are managed in the Exchange admin center, Lync admin center, and SharePoint admin center.
  • For more information about the Exchange admin center, see Administration and Management in the Exchange Online service description.
  • For more information about the Lync admin center, see Lync Online Administration and Management in the Lync Online service description.
  • For more information about the SharePoint admin center, see IT Professional in the SharePoint Online service description.
Service health You can view service health for all your services, a historical view of incidents that affected your service, and upcoming planned maintenance. You can also sign up for an RSS feed for service incidents.
Reports You can view reports for all your services. The reports are grouped by the services included in your subscription.
Support You can search for answers, view solutions to common issues, and access troubleshooting tools. You can create a new service request online or review existing service requests. If you prefer to call Support, this page includes contact information. 
Purchase services Purchase additional subscriptions.

Office 365 portal

Azure Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell

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)

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.

Features

 

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

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