Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo
With Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo, your organization can expand its Microsoft 365 presence to multiple geographic regions and/or countries within your existing tenant. Reach out to your Microsoft Account Team to sign up your Multi-National Company for Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo.
With Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo, you can provision and store data at rest in the geo locations that you've chosen to meet data residency requirements, and at the same time unlock your global roll out of modern productivity experiences to your workforce.
For a video introduction to Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo, see SharePoint Online and OneDrive Multi-Geo to control where your data resides.
In a Multi-Geo environment, your Microsoft 365 tenant consists of a central location (where your Microsoft 365 subscription was originally provisioned) and one or more satellite locations. In a multi-geo tenant, the information about geo locations, groups, and user information, is mastered in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Because your tenant information is mastered centrally and synchronized into each geo location, sharing and experiences involving anyone from your company contain global awareness.
Note that Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo is not designed for performance optimization, it is designed to meet data residency requirements. For information about performance optimization for Microsoft 365, see Network planning and performance tuning for Microsoft 365 or contact your support group.
Here are the key terms used in describing Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo:
- Central location - the geo location where your tenant was originally provisioned.
- Geo administrator - An administrator who can administer one or more specified satellite locations.
- Geo code - a three-letter code for a given geo location.
- Geo location – A geographic location that can be used in a multi-geo tenant to host data, including Exchange mailboxes and OneDrive and SharePoint sites.
- Preferred Data Location (PDL) – A user property set by the administrator that indicates where the geo location where the users Exchange mailbox and OneDrive should be provisioned. The PDL also determines where SharePoint sites that are created by the user are provisioned.
- Satellite location – The geo locations where the geo-aware Microsoft 365 workloads (SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange) are enabled in a multi-geo tenant.
- Tenant – An organization's representation in Microsoft 365 which typically has one or more domains associated with it (for example, contoso.com).
Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo is available as an add-on to the following Microsoft 365 subscription plans for Enterprise Agreement customers with a minimum of 250 Microsoft 365 seats in their tenant, and a minimum of 5% of those seats using multi-geo. User subscription licenses must be on the same Enterprise Agreement as the Multi-Geo Services licenses. Please contact your Microsoft account team for details.
- Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, or E5
- Office 365 F3, E1, E3, or E5
- Exchange Online Plan 1 or Plan 2
- OneDrive for Business Plan 1 or Plan 2
- SharePoint Online Plan 1 or Plan 2
If a license is assigned to a user and later removed, Teams user chat data is queued to be moved back to the central location. SharePoint and Exchange data is not moved.
Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo availability
Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo is currently offered in these regions and countries:
|Geo location||Code||eDiscovery data location|
|Asia-Pacific||APC||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Australia||AUS||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Brazil||BRA||(eDiscovery data location coming soon)|
|Europe / Middle East / Africa||EUR||Europe datacenters|
|India||IND||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Japan||JPN||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Korea||KOR||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|North America||NAM||US datacenters|
|Norway||NOR||(eDiscovery data location coming soon)|
|South Africa||ZAF||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|United Arab Emirates||ARE||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|United Kingdom||GBR||Europe datacenters|
Follow these steps to get started with multi-geo:
Work with your account team to add the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Microsoft 365 service plan. They will guide you to add the number of licenses needed. Multi-Geo feature is available to EA customers with a minimum of 250 Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
Before you can start using Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo, Microsoft needs to configure your Exchange Online tenant for multi-geo support. This one-time configuration process is triggered after you order the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Microsoft 365 service plan and the licenses show up in your tenant. You will receive workload-specific notifications in the Microsoft 365 message center once your tenant has completed the configuration process for each workload, and you then may begin configuring and using your Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo capabilities. The time required to configure a tenant for Multi-Geo support varies from tenant to tenant, but most tenants finish within a month after receipt of the feature licenses. Larger or more complex tenants may require more time to complete the configuration process. Please contact your account team for details on your specific tenant should you require it.
When you are ready to set up Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo, configure your tenant for multi-geo.