Get your organization ready for Office 365 Enterprise

What do you need to do to get ready for Office 365?

Most organizations don't need to do anything to prepare for Office 365. It's an application on the web and people are able to use it as soon as they have an account. Other organizations have more locations, security practices, or other requirements that create the need for more planning. For enterprise-level organizations, follow the checklist items below to get started with Office 365.

If you want help getting Office 365 set up, FastTrack is the easiest way to deploy Office 365, you can also sign in and use the Deployment advisors for Office 365 services.

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System requirements for Office - Microsoft Office Professional, Office 365, Office 365 ProPlus, and each Office application for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android all have specific system requirements. Ensure your hardware and software meet the minimum system requirements.
Most customers connect their on-premises directory to Office 365. Get a head start on directory preparation by installing and running IdFix on your network.
Use the AAD Connect advisor and the Azure AD Premium set up guide to get customized set up guidance.
- Automated checks against your directory to validate people's accounts will properly synchronize.
- Recommends changes to directory objects and offers to automate the changes for you.
- More details on using the IdFix tool.
Read our network performance guidance and use our tools to ensure you have the connectivity and performance configuration necessary to provide people with the best experience.
- Ensure you can connect to Office 365, if you filter or scan outbound traffic, you'll want to understand what managing Office 365 endpoints means for your organization.
- Model and test your network capacity or move to an Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 circuit for a more predictable experience.
Use our planning checklist as a starting place for building your own deployment plan.
- In-depth overview of possible areas you'll need to plan for with links to reference or how-to information to help you plan.
Use the Exchange Server Large Item Script to find mail items that may be too large to migrate.
- Uses Exchange Web Services to impersonate, access, scan the mailbox for file sizes you specify, and dumps the results in a CSV file. Read the detailed instructions on how to use the script.
Take advantage of Microsoft deployment experts who can help you from planning to helping everyone start using the new services and applications.
Use the Deployment wizards for Office 365 services to get customized set up guidance.
- The Onboarding center works directly with customers and with partner organizations. Give them a call today.
Use the templates and resources in the Office 365 success center to share your deployment and onboarding plans with the people in your organization.
- Communication with everyone before, during, and after the transition to Office 365 is critical.
- Use our templates, guides, and handouts to improve your communications.
Read the article Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles to understand the connectivity principles for securely managing Office 365 traffic and getting the best possible performance.
- This article will help you understand the most recent guidance for securely optimizing Office 365 network connectivity.

Want more resources to help you integrate Office 365 with your broader cloud strategy? Here are the Microsoft cloud IT architecture resources.

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