Connect Windows Server Essentials Experience Server Role to Office 365



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

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Select the appropriate server

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Select Windows Server Essential Experience server role

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Click Next to continue

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Confirm and install

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After the installation configure Windows Server Essential Experience

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Open Dashboard

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Integrate with Microsoft office 365

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Provide username and password

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Restart the server

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It is done..

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Office 365 – How to Setup Exchange Online


After placing the order, go to the Portal and sign in using the user ID and password given earlier

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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.

05 domain name

06 verfiy

07 godaddy

08 accept

You can add users now or do that later in admin center


Perform email migration if necessary or skip this step

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Install office apps

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Configure DNS records

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Go to Office 365 Admin Center


Please refer following tutorial to create users

Edit Users to configure Aliases

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17 set as primary

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Go to Exchange online admin center

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Using Outlook Web Access you can mange your e mails. Alternatively you can use an email client.


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IF you are not satisfied with the service you have the option to disable office 365

Disable subscripption


How to manually Configure Outlook for Office 365


In this case Outlook 2013 email client is configure for Office 365 to manage emails.


Open Control Panel and Click Mail

01 control panel email

Add a new Profile

02 add profile

03 profile name

Select manual setup

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Choose Microsoft Exchange server or compatible services

05 settings

Enter the details and select more settings..


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Go to Security tab

choose Anonymous Authentication for the Logon network security

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Go to Connection tab

Tick Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP and Click Exchange Proxy Settings

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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

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Check Names

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Open Outlook 2013 client

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Learn Office 365: Configure your Office 365 Tenant – Domains


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

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Confirm Access


Update DNS settings..


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How to check the newly created Domains

Go to Office 365 Admin Center —> Settings —> Domains



Learn Office 365: Configure your Office 365 Tenant – manage Users


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

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Learn Office 365: How to Create a Tenant


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]

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Choose see plans and pricing…


Go for appropriate plan (free trial is available for testing purposes)


In this scenario free trial is chosen

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Provide appropriate Details (keep in mind that the location cannot be changed again)

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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


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 to Sign in to your account