Why bother with Windows Server Essentials now? Because although you can rely entirely on Office 365 in the cloud, chances are you want more local control and hands-on capabilities on local servers. That’s the main reason to use Windows Server Essentials, as a supplement to Office 365. (Yes, you can also use Windows Server Essentials in an on-premises-only deployment for basic services.)
By integrating your Windows Essentials Server with Office 365, you can perform much of the administration through the Dashboard on your server. For example, you can create accounts easily; you can manage license assignments; password changes made on-premises are synced to Office 365; and you can manage mobile devices and other services from the server. Granted, you could do this from the Office 365 admin center too, but it’s so much easier to have everything in one place.
In this tutorial how to connect Windows Server Essentials to Office 365 is shown. It contains wizards to handle complex integrations, such as synchronizing directories and setting up single sign-on. Remember: The Office 365 integration works only with a single domain controller, and the wizard must run on that domain controller.
Open Server manager and select add roles and features
Select the appropriate server
Select Windows Server Essential Experience server role
Click Next to continue
Confirm and install
After the installation configure Windows Server Essential Experience
Integrate with Microsoft office 365
Provide username and password
Restart the server
It is done..
After placing the order, go to the Portal and sign in using the user ID and password given earlier
Connect the domain you own or do this later. To prove that the domain belongs to you, you will have to visit GoDaddy or use a different method.
You can add users now or do that later in admin center
Perform email migration if necessary or skip this step
Install office apps
Configure DNS records
OFFICE 365 ADMIN CENTER
Go to Office 365 Admin Center
Please refer following tutorial to create users
Edit Users to configure Aliases
CONFIGURE EXCHANGE ONLINE
Go to Exchange online admin center
CHECK YOUR E MAILS
Using Outlook Web Access you can mange your e mails. Alternatively you can use an email client.
IF you are not satisfied with the service you have the option to disable office 365
In this case Outlook 2013 email client is configure for Office 365 to manage emails.
Open Control Panel and Click Mail
Add a new Profile
Select manual setup
Choose Microsoft Exchange server or compatible services
Enter the details and select more settings..
Go to Security tab
choose Anonymous Authentication for the Logon network security
Go to Connection tab
Tick Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP and Click Exchange Proxy Settings
Configure Microsoft Exchange Proxy settings and press OK
Select only connect to proxy servers that have this principal name in their certificate: and type
Select Basic Authentication as Proxy authentication settings
Open Outlook 2013 client
Keep in mind that,
- Office 365 creates a default domain in the signing up process. If you want you can keep this domain or add a new domains to the service.
- Domain which is registered in GoDaddy is added in this scenario.
- Third party service provider GoDaddy is used to host DNS
Go to Office 365 Admin Center.. Choose Add Domain
Enter the Domain name…
verify domain (in this scenario GoDaddy is the domain registrar)
Log in credentials should be given to log in to GoDaddy
Update DNS settings..
How to check the newly created Domains
Go to Office 365 Admin Center —> Settings —> Domains
Go to the Office 365 admin center.. Choose Add a user
Create user… (the Domain can be default or configured one)
Give a suitable password
Assign proper role (in this case normal user is created)
User is added (if you want send password in email can be chosen)
How to Check the active users
Go to Office 365 admin center —> Users —> Active Users
Keep in mind that,
- Microsoft doesn’t allow you to change a tenant name after it has been chosen.
- Your location cannot be changed again after signing up since Microsoft use regional information to deliver the right services
- Creating multiple tenants can be an option if multiple companies are operating independently in an organization
There are Three main Office 365 Subscription Options namely,
- Office 365 Business [Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium]
- Office 365 Education [Office 365 Education, Office 365 Education E5]
- Office 365 Enterprise [Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E5]
More at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-365-plan-options.aspx
Choose see plans and pricing…
Go for appropriate plan (free trial is available for testing purposes)
In this scenario free trial is chosen
Provide appropriate Details (keep in mind that the location cannot be changed again)
Create the User ID…
When you enter this information, Office 365 will generate a default domain name based on the company name you supply. The default domain name will end with .onmicrosoft.com.
Validate the sign up using text me or call me
After couple of more steps your account is created and will look like this… If you want you can use the old admin center (Choose go to the old admin center)
After signing out use https://login.microsoftonline.com/ to Sign in to your account