Sign up for a Microsoft Intune free trial

4 min to read Contributors
  • Linda Avraamides
  • Mike Tillman

This article walks you through a sign-up for an Intune trial and prepares your trial with some users so that you can then follow the associated evaluation guide to see how Intune manages mobile devices.

Assumptions

This sign-up article and the evaluation guide assume you are using the trial for evaluation purposes only and intend to start with a clean environment when you subscribe.

To make it easy for you to get started with the trial, we are setting up a very simple environment that uses only Intune and assumes it will be your sole method of managing devices (known as the mobile device management authority). However, throughout the guide we will point you to deeper technical content if you want to explore farther.

You can do everything in the trial version that you can do in a subscription version; the only difference is you are limited to 100 user accounts in the trial.

Sign up for your trial

Visit the Intune Sign up page and fill out the form to sign up for a trial subscription.

If you have a work or school account and want to use that for your Intune trial, follow these sign-in instructions instead. However, this article and its evaluation guides assume that you are not using such an account.

Tip

If most of your IT operations and users are in a different locale than you, you may want to set that locale for your trial to test performance.

Post sign-up considerations

When you sign up for a trial, you'll receive an email message that contains your account information at the email address that you provided during the sign-up process. This email confirms your trial is active.

After completing the sign-up process, you will be directed to a page used to add users and assign them licenses using the Office 365 Admin center. The next time you sign in to Intune, you'll automatically be directed to the Intune administration console.

Keeping the Admin center and the Intune administration console straight

There are two portals you will use for Intune: the Office 365 Admin center (portal.office.com) and the Intune administration console (manage.microsoft.com).

Normally, you’ll do your work in the Intune administration console, shown below. This is the site where you set up and manage your groups, policies, devices, and apps.

Image of Intune administration console

However, you will use the Office 365 Admin center, shown below, to add and manage your users and other aspects of your account, including billing and support.

Image of Office 365 Admin center

You can navigate from the Office 365 Admin center to the Intune admin console. The admin centers are under the last item in the left navigation pane. Choose Intune to open the Intune admin console in a new tab.

Image of link to Intune administration console

To get from Intune back to the Office 365 Admin center, choose the Add Users task on the Groups Overview page.

Image of link back to Office 365  Admin center

Add users

Before you leave the Office 365 Admin center for Intune, you need to add some users to your trial account.

In the Office 365 Admin center, you can add users individually or in bulk by uploading a .csv file. We will do both to set up your trial. However, in your production environment, you will probably want to take advantage of your Azure Active Directory user accounts, which you can learn more about in our Getting Started guide and in the Next steps section of this article.

Add an individual user

  1. Choose either of the options to add a use to open a form that allows you to create a user. Only the items starred with an asterisk (*) are required. Image of add user button options

  2. When you add the user, the final step will be to send the user an email with their temporary Intune password. For the purposes of this evaluation, use your own work email address so you will receive the log-on information and see the email your users will get. You can then use these user identities to enroll test devices.

    Image of add user final step

  3. If you want to assign a user an admin role after you create it, you can edit the role in the Office 365 Admin center by selecting the user name from your list of users, and then choosing Edit in the Role line to see the list of user roles you can select from and assign to that user.

    Image of user  role options

Import multiple users

  1. You will find the wizard for importing multiple users in the More list.

    Image of option to add multiple users

  2. To help you set up your .csv file correctly, you can download a template file to populate with your user data. Download the .csv file that contains headers and sample user information to see exactly the kind of data is needed for each field.

    Image of first step in bulk enrollment wizard

  3. After you’ve created and saved your .csv file, choose Browse to select the file. Verify, and choose Next. Your users will be uploaded and added to your list of active users.

Now it’s time to head over to the Intune admin console to start managing your users, their devices, and their apps.

Note

Your users won't show up in Intune until they've enrolled a device to be managed.

Next steps

Evaluation scenario: Evaluate mobile device management in Microsoft Intune

Learn more about using your Azure Active Directory user accounts with Intune:

Learn more about using Intune with System Center Configuration Manager

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