Office 365 Administration

By Atul Chavan - 4:45 PM

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You  can view reports for all your services. The reports are grouped by the  services included in your subscription.

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.

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