Connect Windows Server Essentials Experience Server Role to Office 365

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INTRODUCTION

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.

TUTORIAL

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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