Enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365

Applies to:

  • Microsoft 365 Defender

This article outlines the process to enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Before starting this process, be sure you've reviewed the overall process for evaluating Microsoft 365 Defender and you have created the Microsoft 365 Defender evaluation environment.

Use the following steps to enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365.

Steps for adding Microsoft Defender for Office to the Defender evaluation environment.

The following table describes the steps in the illustration.

Step Description
1 Review architecture requirements and key concepts Understand the Defender for Office architecture and be sure your Exchange Online environment meets the architecture prerequisites.
2 Enable the evaluation environment Follow the steps to setup the evaluation environment.
3 Set up the pilot Create pilot groups, configure protection, and become familiar with key features and dashboards.