Set up your Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab environment
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.
- 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 2: Set up
Phase 3: Onboard
Back to pilot playbook
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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.
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
If you already have an existing Office 365 or Azure Active Directory subscription, you can skip the Office 365 E5 trial tenant creation steps.
Go to the Office 365 E5 product portal and select Free trial.
Complete the trial registration by entering your email address (personal or corporate). Click Set up account.
Fill in your first name, last name, business phone number, company name, company size, and country or region.
The country or region you set here determines the data center region your Office 365 will be hosted.
Choose your verification preference: through a text message or call. Click Send Verification Code.
Set the custom domain name for your tenant, then click Next.
Set up the first identity, which will be a Global Administrator for the tenant. Fill in Name and Password. Click Sign up.
Click Go to Setup to complete the Office 365 E5 trial tenant provisioning.
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.
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.
[Optional] Create more user accounts for your tenant. You can skip this step by clicking Next.
[Optional] Download Office apps. Click Next to skip this step.
[Optional] Migrate email messages. Again, you can skip this step.
Choose online services. Select Exchange and click Next.
Add MX, CNAME, and TXT records to your domain. When completed, select Verify.
Congratulations, you have completed the provisioning of your Office 365 tenant.
Enable Microsoft 365 trial subscription
Signing up for a trial gives you 25 user licenses to use for a month. See Try or Buy an M365 subscription for details.
From Microsoft 365 Admin Center, click Billing and then navigate to Purchase services.
Select Microsoft 365 E5 and click Start free trial.
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.
Enter the verification code and click Start your free trial.
Click Try now to confirm your Microsoft 365 E5 trial.
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.
Select the global administrator account again then click Manage username.
[Optional] Change the domain from onmicrosoft.com to your own domain—depending on what you chose on the previous steps. Click Save changes.
|Phase 3: Configure & Onboard||Configure each Microsoft 365 Defender pillar for your Microsoft 365 Defender trial lab or pilot environment and onboard your endpoints.|