Set up your Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab environment

Important

The improved Microsoft 365 security center is now available. This new experience brings Defender for Endpoint, Defender for Office 365, Microsoft 365 Defender, and more into the Microsoft 365 security center. Learn what's new.

Applies to:

  • Microsoft 365 Defender

Creating a Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab or pilot environment and deploying it is a three-phase process:

Phase 1: Prepare
Phase 1: Prepare
Phase 2: Set up
Phase 2: Set up
Phase 3: Onboard
Phase 3: Onboard
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You are here!

You're currently in the set up phase. Take the initial steps to access Microsoft 365 Security Center then set up your trial lab or pilot environment.

Sign up for an Office 365 or Azure Active Directory subscription to generate a .onmicrosoft.com tenant that you can use to sign up for your Microsoft 365 E5 license.

Note

If you already have an existing Office 365 or Azure Active Directory subscription, you can skip the Office 365 E5 trial or pilot tenant creation steps.

In this phase, you'll be guided to:

  • Create an Office 365 E5 trial tenant
  • Enable Microsoft 365 trial subscription

Create an Office 365 E5 trial tenant

Note

If you already have an existing Office 365 or Azure Active Directory subscription, you can skip the Office 365 E5 trial tenant creation steps.

  1. Go to the Office 365 E5 product portal and select Free trial.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 free trial page

  2. Complete the trial registration by entering your email address (personal or corporate). Click Set up account.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page

  3. Fill in your first name, last name, business phone number, company name, company size, and country or region.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page asking for name, phone, and company details

    Note

    The country or region you set here determines the data center region your Office 365 will be hosted.

  4. Choose your verification preference: through a text message or call. Click Send Verification Code.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page asking for verification preference

  5. Set the custom domain name for your tenant, then click Next.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page where you can set up your custom domain name

  6. Set up the first identity, which will be a Global Administrator for the tenant. Fill in Name and Password. Click Sign up.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page where you can set your business identity

  7. Click Go to Setup to complete the Office 365 E5 trial tenant provisioning.

    Image of Office 365 E5 trial registration setup page prompting to click Go Setup button

  8. Connect your corporate domain to the Office 365 tenant. [Optional] Choose Connect a domain you already own and type in your domain name. Click Next.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 Setup page where you should personalize your sign-in and email

  9. Add a TXT or MX record to validate the domain ownership. Once you’ve added the TXT or MX record to your domain, select Verify.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 setup page where you should add a TXT of MX record to verify your domain

  10. [Optional] Create more user accounts for your tenant. You can skip this step by clicking Next.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 setup page where you can add more users

  11. [Optional] Download Office apps. Click Next to skip this step.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 page where you can install your Office apps

  12. [Optional] Migrate email messages. Again, you can skip this step.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 where you can set whether to migrate email messages or not

  13. Choose online services. Select Exchange and click Next.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 where you can choose your online services

  14. Add MX, CNAME, and TXT records to your domain. When completed, select Verify.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 here you can add your DNS records

  15. Congratulations, you have completed the provisioning of your Office 365 tenant.

    Image of_Office 365 E5 setup completion confirmation page

Enable Microsoft 365 trial subscription

Note

Signing up for a trial gives you 25 user licenses to use for a month. See Try or Buy an M365 subscription for details.

  1. From Microsoft 365 Admin Center, click Billing and then navigate to Purchase services.

  2. Select Microsoft 365 E5 and click Start free trial.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 E5 Start free trial page

  3. Choose your verification preference: through a text message or call. Once you have decided, enter the phone number, select Text me or Call me depending on your selection.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 E5 Start free trial page asking for contact details to send code to prove you are not a robot

  4. Enter the verification code and click Start your free trial.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 E5 Start free trial page where you can fill out verification code the system sent to prove you are not a robot

  5. Click Try now to confirm your Microsoft 365 E5 trial.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 E5 Start free trial page where you should clock the Try now button to start

  6. Go to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center > Users > Active users. Select your user account, select Manage product licenses, then swap the license from Office 365 E5 to Microsoft 365 E5. Click Save.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 Admin Center page where you can select Microsoft 365 E5 license

  7. Select the global administrator account again then click Manage username.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 Admin Center page where you can select Account and then Manage username

  8. [Optional] Change the domain from onmicrosoft.com to your own domain—depending on what you chose on the previous steps. Click Save changes.

    Image of_Microsoft 365 Admin Center page where you can change your domain preference

Next step

Phase 3: Configure & Onboard Configure each Microsoft 365 Defender pillar for your Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab or pilot environment and onboard your endpoints.