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Sep012016

New Setup and Configuration Experience in New Office 365 Admin Center

Admin center in Office 365 getting better every month improving overall management experience.

In an effort to make it easier for admins to get started with Office 365, the team completely redesigned new admin center providing new configuration functionality, more control and additional guidance.

First up, Office 365 team developed a new automated setup wizard helping in configure all aspects of the service. Through the setup wizard, you can add a domain, add users and share sign-in credentials, as well as set up DNS records.

When setting up users, you can even assign them a license, and send an automated welcome email helping them to get started, you can download user list including their temporary passwords into a CSV file, and print the list.

In addition, support integration helps solving problems with a specific step of the setup process.

Additionally, new admin center also shows you a banner at the top of the home page that makes it easy for you to identify missing steps and to complete the setup.

A similiar setup banner for purchased products such as Visio, Project or Office Pro Plus, is displayed on your home page helping you getting your users up and running.

Setup banner on Office 365 admin center homepage

Product setup guides provide you step-by-step guidance for the Office 365 services, including Skype for Business, Azure Active Directory and SharePoint.

You can add the Setup Guides card to your home page, by clicking edit icon at the top of the home page and then click Add card.

The setup process for Office 365 will immediately begin after you purchase the product. Of course, an option to pause the setup process and to continue at any given point is also available.

New “domains” card on the home dashboard gives you quick access to frequent domain tasks such as adding, deleting, or checking the health of domain.

To add the domains card to your dashboard, click the edit icon at the top of the home page and then click Add card.

More Administration Center enhancements include:

  • New “Admin Centers” card on dashboard gives quick access to product admin centers such as SharePoint and Exchange.
  • Support for partner managed customers
  • Message Center personalization by clicking on Edit message center preferences in the top right corner of Message Center, you can set messages language using drop down in Message Center inbox.

In the coming month, the team says they’ll be adding more reports, new admin roles and additional insights.

The new features rolled out over past month should be available now. If it didn’t, take a look at the “Recently Added” page, office team said. Otherwise just use the feedback link in the lower right corner of the admin center.

product setup guides setup wizard in office 365 admin center

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