Set up your network for Office 365

Summary: See these articles to understand networking for Office 365.

An important part of your Office 365 onboarding is to first ensure that your network and Internet connections are set up for optimized access. Configuring your on-premises network to access a globally distributed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud is different from a traditional network that is optimized for traffic to on-premises datacenters.

Use these articles to understand the key differences and to modify your edge devices, client computers, and on-premises network to get the best user performance.

How Office 365 networking works

See these articles for an overview of connectivity for Office 365:

For advice on enhancing performance, see Network planning and performance tuning for Office 365.

Support Office 365 networking as a network equipment vendor

If you are a network equipment vendor, join the Office 365 Networking Partner Program. Enroll in the program to build Office 365 network connectivity principles into your products and solutions.

Office 365 endpoints

Endpoints are the set of destination IP addresses, DNS domain names, and URLs for Office 365 traffic on the Internet.

To optimize performance to Office 365 cloud-based services, these endpoints need special handling by your client browsers and the devices in your edge network. These devices include firewalls, SSL Break and Inspect and packet inspection devices, and data loss prevention systems.

See Managing Office 365 endpoints for the details.

There are currently five different Office 365 clouds. This table takes you to the list of endpoints for each one.

Worldwide endpoints The endpoints for worldwide Office 365 subscriptions, which include the United States Government Community Cloud (GCC).
U.S. Government DoD endpoints The endpoints for United States Department of Defense (DoD) subscriptions.
U.S. Government GCC High endpoints The endpoints for United States Government Community Cloud High (GCC High) subscriptions.
Office 365 operated by 21Vianet endpoints The endpoints for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, which is designed to meet the needs for Office 365 in China.
Office 365 Germany endpoints The endpoints for a separate cloud in Europe for the most regulated customers in Germany, the European Union (EU), and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

To automate getting the latest list of endpoints for your Office 365 cloud, see the Office 365 IP Address and URL Web service.

For additional endpoints, see these articles:

Additional topics for Office 365 networking

See these articles for specialized topics in Office 365 networking:

ExpressRoute for Office 365

See these articles for information on the use of ExpressRoute for Office 365 traffic: