Phase 1: Networking infrastructure for Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes Office 365 and Microsoft Intune as part of Enterprise Management + Security (EMS). Both of these cloud-based services rely on the security, performance, and reliability of connections from client devices over the Internet or dedicated circuits. To host these services and make them available to customers all over the world, Microsoft has designed a networking infrastructure that emphasizes performance and integration.

In this phase, you step through the key considerations for creating a performant connection to the cloud services of Microsoft 365 Enterprise. For an overview, see Office 365 networking principles.

Note

If you already have a networking infrastructure deployed, please see the exit criteria for this phase to make sure that it meets the required and optional conditions for Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

Plan and deploy your Microsoft 365 Enterprise networking infrastructure

Use the following steps to build out your networking infrastructure for the requirements and capabilities of Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

Prepare your network for Microsoft 365
Configure local Internet connections for each office
Avoid network hairpins
Configure traffic bypass
Optimize client and Office 365 service performance

When you've completed these steps, go to the exit criteria for this phase to ensure that you meet the required and optional conditions for Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

How Microsoft does Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Peek inside Microsoft and learn how the company prepared for and optimized the Microsoft network for the Office 365 cloud services with Optimizing network performance for Microsoft Office 365.

How Contoso did Microsoft 365 Enterprise

See how the Contoso Corporation, a fictional but representative multi-national business, optimized their network for Microsoft 365 cloud services.

Next step

Prepare your network for Microsoft 365