Use sample data packs with your Office 365 developer subscription

You can install sample data packs on your Office 365 developer subscription. Sample data packs save you time by automatically installing data and content you need to build and test your solutions. This includes fictitious users, metadata, and photos to simulate a small corporate environment. You can quickly install the sample data so that you can focus on your solutions rather than spend time creating sample data yourself.

You can find sample data packs on your Office 365 Developer Program dashboard, at the bottom of your Office 365 subscription tile.

Screenshot of the subscription tile on the dashboard page

The following sample data packs are currently available:

  • Users - Installs 16 fictitious users with licenses, mailboxes, and metadata, including names and photos for each user. Use Microsoft Graph APIs to work with user sample data in the following ways:

    • Get specific user details
    • Update user
    • Get direct reports
    • Prepare organization chart
    • Get users by department
  • Mail and events - Adds Outlook email conversations and calendar events for each of the 16 sample users. Use Microsoft Graph APIs to work with mail and events sample data in the following ways:

    • Get emails by users
    • Get emails filtered by date
    • Get upcoming events
    • Update/delete upcoming events

Note

You must install the Users sample data pack before you install Mail and Events.

What do the sample data packs add to my Office 365 subscription?

The Users sample data pack creates 16 fictitious users on your subscription, and includes the licenses for each user, and mailboxes, names, metadata, and photos for each.

The Mail and Events sample data pack adds Outlook email conversations and calendar events for each of the 16 users installed.

How do I install the Users sample data pack?

Before you install the Users sample data pack, make sure that you have an Office 365 developer subscription and that you assign a license to yourself as the admin.

Note

Make sure that you have 16 users available in your subscription. Your subscription includes 25 users. If you have already configured more than 10 users, remove some users first to ensure that your installation is successful.

To install the Users sample data pack:

  1. Select the Users box at the bottom of your subscription tile.
  2. Copy your administrator ID; you will need it to sign in to your subscription.
  3. Enter your administrator ID and password on the sign in page.
  4. Consent to the permissions as an administrator of your Office 365 developer subscription.

Screenshot showing permissions consent dialog box

  1. Configure your passwords for all sample users. You will need to have one shared password defined for easy administration of all your fictitious users.

Screenshot of dialog box to add shared user password

  1. The data will be installed. The installation should take about 5 minutes.

Screenshot showing the install process on the dashboard tile

  1. When installation is finished, you'll be notified by email, and the box on your subscription tile will be green. You can now install the Mail and Events sample data pack.

Screenshot of the dashboard tile with Mail and Events ready to install

How do I install the Mail and Events sample data pack?

After you've installed the Users sample data pack, you can install mail and events.

  1. Choose the Mail & Events box on your subscription tile.
  2. Select Install to begin installation.

Screenshot of the install dialog box

Note

If you just created your subscription, it must be fully provisioned before installation can begin. This can take up to a few hours. After installation starts, it can take up to 20 minutes to finish.

  1. When installation is finished, you'll be notified by email, and the box on your subscription tile will be green.

Are more sample data packs coming?

Yes. We will add sample data packs for SharePoint and OneDrive. In the future, we will consider adding sample data packs for more products and technologies, including Office Add-ins, Microsoft Teams, and more.

Can I install sample data packs on my other Office 365 subscriptions?

No. These sample data packs are only compatible with the Office 365 Developer Subscription you get as part of the Office 365 Developer Program.

How can I see the sample data in my subscription?

After you install the Users sample data pack, to see the users that were added, go to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center on your Office 365 developer subscription. Under Users, select Active users. You will see the list of 16 users. You can select a user to view the associated metadata, including photos and licenses.

Screenshot of 16 users in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, with metadata for a selected user

After you install the Mail and Events sample pack, to see the sample data, in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, choose Show all and then select Exchange. In the Exchange admin center, when you select recipients, you can see that each of the 16 users has mailboxes with mail and events added. Screenshot of 16 users added to the Exchange Admin Center

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