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What is Microsoft 365 for business

Microsoft 365 for business is a comprehensive set of business productivity and collaboration tools, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and other Office products, that are always up to date. You can protect your work files on all your iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices with enterprise-grade security that is simple to manage.

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Microsoft 365 for business is meant for up to 300 licenses. If you need more licenses, see Microsoft 365 Enterprise documentation for more information.

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Set up Microsoft 365 for business

Overview of Microsoft 365 for business Suite set up

The following diagram describes how admins set up Microsoft 365 for business. It also describes the steps to prepare Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 for business. You can also add new devices in the Microsoft 365 admin center with Windows AutoPilot. You can use AutoPilot to set up and pre-configure new devices so that they're ready for productive use as soon as a user signs in with their Microsoft 365 for business credentials.

A diagram that shows the setup and management flow for admins, and also for a user

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1: Set up Microsoft 365 for business (Admin)

Sign in to Microsoft 365 admin center with your global admin credentials, and complete the following steps to set up Microsoft 365 for business.

  1. Prerequisites for protecting data on devices with Microsoft 365 for business

    Read the prerequisites first to make sure that your devices are ready for Microsoft 365 for business.

  2. Use the setup wizard to set up Microsoft 365 for business

    If you're permanently moving from a local Active Directory to the cloud, you can go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and use the setup wizard to add your users manually, or you can do a one-time sync with Azure AD Connect. There are two ways to do this:

    You'll also have to give each user that was added this way a license to Microsoft 365 for business. You can do this in the setup wizard or you can Assign licenses to users.

2: Prepare mobile devices

Follow the steps in Set up mobile devices for Microsoft 365 for business users to install Office apps on devices and make sure they're protected by Microsoft 365 for business.

3: Prepare PCs

Admins can pre-select settings for new Windows 10 PCs by using Windows AutoPilot. Users can set up their existing or new Windows 10 devices by following the steps in this topic: Set up Windows PCs for Microsoft 365 for business users. For existing devices, users can optionally move files to OneDrive for Business. They can also use third-party tools to move files associated with Windows profile to OneDrive.

If your organization uses Windows Server Active Directory on-premises, you can set up Microsoft 365 for business to protect your Windows 10 devices, while still maintaining access to on-premises resources that require local authentication. Follow the steps in Enable domain-joined Windows 10 devices to be managed by Microsoft 365 for business to set this up. This method is preferred, and devices in this state are called Hybrid Azure AD joined devices.

If you retain a local Active Directory that contains some on-premises resources (such as file shares and printers), you can give your Azure AD-joined devices access to these resources by following the steps here: Access on-premises resources from an Azure AD-joined device in Microsoft 365 for business.

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Microsoft 365 for business documentation and resources (link page)
Manage Microsoft 365 for business (article)
Migrate to Microsoft 365 for business (article)
Microsoft 365 for business training videos (link page)