Deploy Office 365 Enterprise for your organization

Are you ready to deploy Office 365 Enterprise, integrate it with your on-premises infrastructure, and enable your employees to take advantage of cloud-based productivity and collaboration?

This article describes two deployment options, whether you want help or are doing it on your own. In each case, Microsoft provides a guided path for you to follow for deployment success.

Guided enterprise Office 365 setup process with FastTrack

FastTrack for Office 365 is the best method for deploying Office 365. FastTrack guides you through the most common deployment configurations and can answer questions along the way.

To access a series of setup guides, sign in to your Office 365 subscription, and then go to Setting up Office 365.

Note

You can also get help from a Microsoft partner.

Self-deployment of Office 365 Enterprise

Deploying Office 365 Enterprise on your own requires that you perform detailed research to make the design decisions that streamline cloud service configuration and user adoption. Start your planning here.

To deploy Office 365 Enterprise on your own, here are the recommended steps.

  1. Set up your network

    Includes adding your Internet domains and optimizing the network performance for your on-premises users. Start here.

  2. Set up your identities

    Includes determining an identity model (cloud-only or hybrid), and for hybrid identity, setting up directory synchronization between your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and your Office 365 subscription. Start here.

  3. Implement security capabilities

    Includes configuring and rolling out basic and enhanced security, threat, and information protections for your tenant and identities in the first 30 days, 90 days, and beyond. Start here.

  4. Deploy client software

    Includes deploying Office 365 ProPlus, the cloud-updated and always-current version of the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others) on your devices. Every Office 365 client license includes a license for Office 365 ProPlus. Start here.

  5. Set up mobile device management

    Office 365 Enterprise includes mobile device management capabilities that help you secure and manage your users' mobile devices. Start here.

  6. Configure services and applications

    Includes information on migration of your data and links to articles that get you started on key Office 365 services such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. Start here.

  7. Train your users

    Includes short videos that help your users get the most out of Office 365 quickly. Start here.

Note

These steps are also for businesses and nonprofits that want to start with a custom deployment of Office 365 Enterprise.