Get started: Deploy and manage a full cloud IT solution for your business

Learn how to set up a full cloud infrastructure for your business

Applies to:

  • Office 365 Business Premium, Azure AD Premium, Intune, Windows Store for Business, Windows 10

Are you ready to move your business to the cloud or wondering what it takes to make this happen with Microsoft cloud services and tools?

In this walkthrough, we'll show you how to deploy and manage a full cloud IT solution for your small to medium business using Office 365 Business Premium, Microsoft Azure AD, Intune, Windows Store for Business, and Windows 10. We'll show you the basics on how to:

  • Acquire an Office 365 business domain
  • Add Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium licenses to your business tenant
  • Set up Windows Store for Business and manage app deployment and sync with Intune
  • Add users and groups in Azure AD and Intune
  • Create policies and app deployment rules
  • Log in as a user and start using your Windows device

Go to the Microsoft Business site and select Products to learn more about pricing and purchasing options for your business.

Prerequisites

Here's a few things to keep in mind before you get started:

  • You'll need a registered domain to successfully go through the walkthrough.
    • If you already own a domain, you can add this during the Office 365 setup.
    • If you don't already own a domain, you'll have the option to purchase a domain from the Office 365 admin center. We'll show how to do this as part of the walkthrough.
  • You'll need an email address to create your Office 365 tenant.
  • We recommend that you use Internet Explorer for the entire walkthrough. Right click on Internet Explorer and then choose Start InPrivate Browsing.

1. Set up your cloud infrastructure

To set up a cloud infrastructure for your organization, follow the steps in this section.

1.1 Set up Office 365 for business

See Set up Office 365 for business to learn more about the setup steps for businesses and nonprofits who have Office 365. You can watch video and learn how to:

  • Plan your setup
  • Create Office 365 accounts and how to add your domain.
  • Install Office

To set up your Office 365 business tenant, see Get Started with Office 365 for business.

If this is the first time you're setting this up, and you'd like to see how it's done, you can follow these steps to get started:

  1. Go to the Office 365 page in the Microsoft Business site. Select Try now to use the Office 365 Business Premium Trial or select Buy now to sign up for Office 365 Business Premium. In this walkthrough, we'll select Try now.

    Figure 1 - Try or buy Office 365

    Office 365 for business sign up

  2. Fill out the sign up form and provide information about you and your company.

  3. Create a user ID and password to use to sign into your account.

    This step creates an onmicrosoft.com email address. You can use this email address to sign in to the various admin centers. Save your sign-in info so you can use it to sign into https://portal.office.com (the admin portal).

  4. Select Create my account and then enter the phone number you used in step 2 to verify your identity. You'll be asked to enter your verification code.

  5. Select You're ready to go... which will take you to the Office 365 portal.

    Note

    In the Office 365 portal, icons that are greyed out are still installing.

    Figure 2 - Office 365 portal

    Office 365 portal

  6. Select the Admin tile to go to the Office 365 admin center.

  7. In the admin center, click Next to see the highlights and welcome info for the admin center. When you're done, click Go to setup to complete the Office 365 setup.

    This may take up to a half hour to complete.

    Figure 3 - Office 365 admin center

    Office 365 admin center

  8. Go back to the Office 365 admin center to add or buy a domain.

    1. Select the Domains option.

      Figure 4 - Option to add or buy a domain

      Add or buy a domain in Office 365 admin center

    2. In the Home > Domains page, you will see the Microsoft-provided domain, such as fabrikamdesign.onmicrosoft.com.

      Figure 5 - Microsoft-provided domain

      Microsoft-provided domain

      • If you already have a domain, select + Add domain to add your existing domain. If you select this option, you'll be required to verify that you own the domain. Follow the steps in the wizard to verify your domain.
      • If you don't already own a domain, select + Buy domain. If you're using a trial plan, you'll be required to upgrade your trial plan in order to buy a domain. Choose the subscription plan to use for your business and provide the details to complete your order.

      Once you've added your domain, you'll see it listed in addition to the Microsoft-provided onmicrosoft.com domain.

      Figure 6 - Domains

      Verify your domains in Office 365 admin center

1.2 Add users and assign product licenses

Once you've set up Office and added your domain, it's time to add users so they have access to Office 365. People in your organization need an account before they can sign in and access Office 365. The easiest way to add users is to add them one at a time in the Office 365 admin center.

When adding users, you can also assign admin privileges to certain users in your team. You'll also want to assign Product licenses to each user so that subscriptions can be assigned to the person.

To add users and assign product licenses

  1. In the Office 365 admin center, select Users > Active users.

    Figure 7 - Add users

    Add Office 365 users

  2. In the Home > Active users page, add users individually or in bulk.

    • To add users one at a time, select + Add a user.

      If you select this option, you'll see the New user screen and you can add details about the new user including their name, user name, role, and so on. You also have the opportunity to assign Product licenses. For detailed step-by-step info on adding a user account, see Add a user account in the Office 365 admin center in Add users individually or in bulk to Office 365 - Admin Help.

      Figure 8 - Add an individual user

      Add an individual user

    • To add multiple users at once, select More and then choose + Import multiple users. If you select this option, you'll need to create and upload a CSV file containing the list of users.

      The Import multiple users screen includes a link where you can learn more about importing multiple users and also links for downloading a sample CSV file (one with headers only and another with headers and sample user information). For detailed step-by-step info on adding multiple users to Office 365, see Add several users at the same time to Office 365 - Admin Help. Once you've added all the users, don't forget to assign Product licenses to the new users.

      Figure 9 - Import multiple users

      Import multiple users

  3. Verify that all the users you added appear in the list of Active users. The Status should indicate the product licenses that were assigned to them.

    Figure 10 - List of active users

    Verify users and assigned product licenses

1.3 Add Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune provides mobile device management, app management, and PC management capabilities from the cloud. Using Intune, organizations can provide their employees with access to apps, data, and corporate resources from anywhere on almost any device while helping to keep corporate information secure. To learn more, see What is Intune?

To add Microsoft Intune to your tenant

  1. In the Office 365 admin center, select Billing > Purchase services.
  2. In the Home > Purchase services screen, search for Microsoft Intune. Hover over Microsoft Intune to see the options to start a free 30-day trial or to buy now.
  3. Confirm your order to enable access to Microsoft Intune.
  4. In the admin center, the Intune licenses will show as available and ready to be assigned to users. Select Users > Active users and then edit the product licenses assigned to the users to turn on Intune A Direct.

    Figure 11 - Assign Intune licenses

    Assign Microsoft Intune licenses to users

  5. In the admin center, confirm that Intune shows up in the list under Admin centers. If it doesn't, sign out and then sign back in and then check again.

  6. Select Intune. This will take you to the Intune management portal.

    Figure 12 - Microsoft Intune management portal

    Microsoft Intune management portal

Intune should now be added to your tenant. We'll come back to Intune later when we Configure Windows Store for Business for app distribution.

1.4 Add Azure AD to your domain

Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage apps across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. In this walkthrough, we won't be using the full power of Azure and we'll primarily use it to create groups that we then use for provisioning through Intune.

To add Azure AD to your domain

  1. In the Office 365 admin center, select Admin centers > Azure AD.

    Note

    You will need Azure AD Premium to configure automatic MDM enrollment with Intune.

  2. If you have not signed up for Azure AD before, you will see the following message. To proceed with the rest of the walkthrough, you need to activate an Azure subscription.

    Figure 13 - Access to Azure AD is not available

    Access to Azure AD not available

  3. From the error message, select the country/region for your business. This should match with the location you specified when you signed up for Office 365.

  4. Click Azure subscription. This will take you to a free trial sign up screen.

    Figure 14 - Sign up for Microsoft Azure

    Sign up for Microsoft Azure

  5. In the Free trial sign up screen, fill in the required information and then click Sign up.

  6. After you sign up, you should see the message that your subscription is ready. Click Start managing my service.

    Figure 15 - Start managing your Azure subscription

    Start managing your Azure subscription

    This will take you to the Microsoft Azure portal.

1.5 Add groups in Azure AD

This section is the walkthrough is optional. However, we recommend that you create groups in Azure AD to manage access to corporate resources, such as apps, policies and settings, and so on. For more information, see Managing access to resources with Azure Active Directory groups.

To add Azure AD group(s), we will use the classic Azure portal (https://manage.windowsazure.com). See Managing groups in Azure Active Directory for more information about managing groups.

To add groups in Azure AD

  1. If this is the first time you're setting up your directory, when you navigate to the Azure Active Directory node in the classic Azure portal, you will see a screen informing you that your directory is ready for use.

    Afterwards, you should see a list of active directories. In the following example, Fabrikam Design is the active directory.

    Figure 16 - Azure first sign-in screen

    Select Azure AD

  2. Select the directory (such as Fabrikam Design) to go to the directory's home page.

    Figure 17 - Directory home page

    Directory home page

  3. From the menu options on top, select Groups.

    Figure 18 - Azure AD groups

    Add groups in Azure AD

  4. Select Add a group (from the top) or Add group at the bottom.

  5. In the Add Group window, add a name, group type, and description for the group and click the checkmark to save your changes. The new group will appear on the groups list.

    Figure 19 - Newly added group in Azure AD

    Verify the new group appears on the list

  6. In the Groups tab, select the arrow next to the group (such as All users), add members to the group, and then save your changes.

    The members that were added to the group will appear on the list.

    Figure 20 - Members in the new group

    Members added to the new group

  7. Repeat steps 2-6 to add other groups. You can add groups based on their roles in your company, based on the apps that each group can use, and so on.

1.6 Configure automatic MDM enrollment with Intune

Now that you have Azure AD Premium and have it properly configured, you can configure automatic MDM enrollment with Intune, which allows users to enroll their Windows devices into Intune management, join their devices directly to Azure AD, and get access to Office 365 resources after sign in.

You can read this blog post to learn how you can combine login, Azure AD Join, and Intune MDM enrollment into an easy step so that you can bring your devices into a managed state that complies with the policies for your organization. We will use this blog post as our guide for this part of the walkthrough.

Important

We will use the classic Azure portal instead of the new portal to configure automatic MDM enrollment with Intune.

To enable automatic MDM enrollment

  1. In to the classic Azure portal, click on your company's Azure Active Directory to go back to the main window. Select Applications from the list of directory menu options.

    The list of applications for your company will appear. Microsoft Intune will be one of the applications on the list.

    Figure 21 - List of applications for your company

    List of applications for your company

  2. Select Microsoft Intune to configure the application.

  3. In the Microsoft Intune configuration page, click Configure to start automatic MDM enrollment configuration with Intune.

    Figure 22 - Configure Microsoft Intune in Azure

    Configure Microsoft Intune in Azure

  4. In the Microsoft Intune configuration page:

    • In the Properties section, you should see a list of URLs for MDM discovery, MDM terms of use, and MDM compliance.

      Note

      The URLs are automatically configured for your Azure AD tenant so you don't need to change them.

    • In the Manage devices for these users section, you can specify which users' devices should be managed by Intune.

      • All will enable all users' Windows 10 devices to be managed by Intune.
      • Groups let you select whether only users that belong to a specific group will have their devices managed by Intune.
      Note

      In this step, choose the group that contains all the users in your organization as members. This is the All group.

  5. After you've chosen how to manage devices for users, select Save to enable automatic MDM enrollment with Intune.

    Figure 23 - Configure Microsoft Intune

    Configure automatic MDM enrollment with Intune

1.7 Configure Windows Store for Business for app distribution

Next, you'll need to configure Windows Store for Business to distribute apps with a management tool such as Intune.

In this part of the walkthrough, we'll be working on the Microsoft Intune management portal and Windows Store for Business.

To associate your Store account with Intune and configure synchronization

  1. From the Microsoft Intune management portal, select Admin.
  2. In the Administration workspace, click Mobile Device Management. If this is the first tiem you're using the portal, click manage mobile devices in the Mobile Device Management window. The page will refresh and you'll have new options under Mobile Device Management.

    Figure 24 - Mobile device management

    Set up mobile device management in Intune

  3. Sign into Windows Store for Business using the same tenant account that you used to sign into Intune.

  4. Accept the EULA.
  5. In the Store portal, select Settings > Management tools to go to the management tools page.
  6. In the Management tools page, find Microsoft Intune on the list and click Activate to get Intune ready to use with Windows Store for Business.

    Figure 25 - Activate Intune as the Store management tool

    Activate Intune from the Store portal

  7. Go back to the Intune management portal, select Admin > Mobile Device Management, expand Windows, and then choose Store for Business.

  8. In the Windows Store for Business page, select Configure Sync to sync your Store for Business volume-purchased apps with Intune.

    Figure 26 - Configure Store for Business sync in Intune

    Configure Store for Business sync in Intune

  9. In the Configure Windows Store for Business app sync dialog box, check Enable Windows Store for Business sync. In the Language dropdown list, choose the language in which you want apps from the Store to be displayed in the Intune console and then click OK.

    Figure 27 - Enable Windows Store for Business sync in Intune

    Enable Store for Business sync in Intune

    The Windows Store for Business page will refresh and it will show the details from the sync.

To buy apps from the Store

In your Windows Store for Business portal, you can see the list of apps that you own by going to Manage > Inventory. You should see the following apps in your inventory:

  • Sway
  • OneNote
  • PowerPoint Mobile
  • Excel Mobile
  • Word Mobile

In the Intune management portal, select Apps > Apps > Volume-Purchased Apps and verify that you can see the same list of apps appear on Intune.

In the following example, we'll show you how to buy apps through the Windows Store for Business and then make sure the apps appear on Intune.

Example 1 - Add other apps like Reader and InstaNote

  1. In the Windows Store for Business portal, click Shop, scroll down to the Made by Microsoft category, and click Show all to see all the Microsoft apps in the list.

    Figure 28 - Shop for Store apps

    Shop for Store apps

  2. Click to select an app, such as Reader. This opens the app page.

  3. In the app's Store page, click Get the app. You should see a dialog that confirms your order. Click Close. This will refresh the app's Store page.
  4. In the app's Store page, click Add to private store.
  5. Next, search for another app by name (such as InstaNote) or repeat steps 1-4 for the InstaNote app.
  6. Go to Manage > Inventory and verify that the apps you purchased appear in your inventory.

    Figure 29 - App inventory shows the purchased apps

    Confirm that your inventory shows purchased apps

    Note

    Sync happens automatically, but it may take up to 24 hours for your organization's private store and 12 hours for Intune to sync all your purchased apps. You can force a sync to make this process happen faster. For more info, see To sync recently purchased apps.

To sync recently purchased apps

If you need to sync your most recently purchased apps and have it appear in your catalog, you can do this by forcing a sync.

  1. In the Intune management portal, select Admin > Mobile Device Management > Windows > Store for Business.
  2. In the Windows Store for Business page, click Sync now to force a sync.

    Figure 30 - Force a sync in Intune

    Force a sync in Intune

To view purchased apps

  • In the Intune management portal, select Apps > Apps and then choose Volume-Purchased Apps to see the list of available apps. Verify that the apps you purchased were imported correctly.

To add more apps

  • If you have other apps that you want to deploy or manage, you must add it to Microsoft Intune. To deploy Win32 apps and Web links, see Add apps for enrolled devices to Intune for more info on how to do this.

2. Set up devices

2.1 Set up new devices

To set up new Windows devices, go through the Windows initial device setup or first-run experience to configure your device.

To set up a device

  1. Go through the Windows device setup experience. On a new or reset device, this starts with the Hi there screen on devices running Windows 10, version 1607 (Anniversary Update). The setup lets you:

    • Fill in the details in the Hi there screen including your home country/region, preferred language, keyboard layout, and timezone
    • Accept the EULA
    • Customize the setup or use Express settings

    Figure 31 - First screen in Windows device setup

    First screen in Windows device setup

    Note

    During setup, if you don't have a Wi-Fi network configured, make sure you connect the device to the Internet through a wired/Ethernet connection.

  2. In the Who owns this PC? screen, select My work or school owns it and click Next.

  3. In the Choose how you'll connect screen, select Join Azure Active Directory and click Next.

    Figure 32 - Choose how you'll connect your Windows device

    Choose how you'll connect the Windows device

  4. In the Let's get you signed in screen, sign in using one of the user accounts you added in section 1.2 Add users and assign product licenses. We suggest signing in as one of the global administrators. Later, sign in on another device using one of the non-admin accounts.

    Figure 33 - Sign in using one of the accounts you added

    Sign in using one of the accounts you added

  5. If this is the first time you're signing in, you will be asked to update your password. Update the password and continue with sign-in and setup.

    Windows will continue with setup and you may be asked to set up a PIN for Windows Hello if your organization has it enabled.

2.2 Verify correct device setup

Verify that the device is set up correctly and boots without any issues.

To verify that the device was set up correctly

  1. Click on the Start menu and select some of the options to make sure everything launches properly.
  2. Confirm that the Store and built-in apps are working.

2.3 Verify the device is Azure AD joined

In the Intune management portal, verify that the device is joined to Azure AD and shows up as being managed in Microsoft Intune.

To verify if the device is joined to Azure AD

  1. Check the device name on your PC. To do this, on your Windows PC, select Settings > System > About and then check PC name.

    Figure 34 - Check the PC name on your device

    Check the PC name on your device

  2. Log in to the Intune management portal.

  3. Select Groups and then go to Devices.
  4. In the All Devices page, look at the list of devices and select the entry that matches the name of your PC.

    • Check that the device name appears in the list. Select the device and it will also show the user that's currently logged in in the General Information section.
    • Check the Management Channel column and confirm that it says Managed by Microsoft Intune.
    • Check the AAD Registered column and confirm that it says Yes.

    Figure 35 - Check that the device appears in Intune

    Check that the device appears in Intune

3. Manage device settings and features

You can use Microsoft Intune admin settings and policies to manage features on your organization's mobile devices and computers. For more info, see Manage settings and features on your devices with Microsoft Intune policies.

In this section, we'll show you how to reconfigure app deployment settings and add a new policy that will disable the camera for the Intune-managed devices and turn off Windows Hello and PINs during setup.

3.1 Reconfigure app deployment settings

In some cases, if an app is missing from the device, you need to reconfigure the deployment settings for the app and set the app to require installation as soon as possible.

To reconfigure app deployment settings

  1. In the Intune management portal, select Apps and go to Apps > Volume-Purchased Apps.
  2. Select the app, right-click, then select Manage Deployment....
  3. Select the group(s) whose apps will be managed, and then click Add to add the group.
  4. Click Next at the bottom of the app deployment settings window or select Deployment Action on the left column to check the deployment settings for the app.
  5. For each group that you selected, set Approval to Required Install. This automatically sets Deadline to As soon as possible. If Deadline is not automatically set, set it to As soon as possible.

    Figure 36 - Reconfigure an app's deployment setting in Intune

    Reconfigure app deployment settings in Intune

  6. Click Finish.

  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for other apps that you want to deploy to the device(s) as soon as possible.
  8. Verify that the app shows up on the device. To do this:

    • Make sure you're logged in to the Windows device.
    • Click the Start button and check the apps that appear in the Recently added section. If you don't see the apps that you deployed in Intune, give it a few minutes. Only apps that aren't already deployed on the device will appear in the Recently added section.

      Figure 37 - Confirm that additional apps were deployed to the device

      Confirm that additiional apps were deployed to the device

3.2 Configure other settings in Intune

To disable the camera

  1. In the Intune management portal, select Policy > Configuration Policies.
  2. In the Policies window, click Add to create a new policy.
  3. On the Create a New Policy page, click Windows to expand the group, select General Configuration (Windows 10 Desktop and Mobile and later), choose Create and Deploy a Custom Policy, and then click Create Policy.
  4. On the Create Policy page, select Device Capabilities.
  5. In the General section, add a name and description for this policy. For example:
    • Name: Test Policy - Disable Camera
    • Description: Disables the camera
  6. Scroll down to the Hardware section, find Allow camera is not configured, toggle the button so that it changes to Allow camera and choose No from the dropdown list.

    Figure 38 - Add a configuration policy

    Add a configuration policy

  7. Click Save Policy. A confirmation window will pop up.

  8. On the Deploy Policy confirmation window, select Yes to deploy the policy now.
  9. On the Management Deployment window, select the user group(s) or device group(s) that you want to apply the policy to (for example, All Users), and then click Add.
  10. Click OK to close the window.

    Figure 39 - The new policy should appear in the Policies list.

    New policy appears on the list

To turn off Windows Hello and PINs during device setup

  1. In the Intune management portal, select Admin.
  2. Go to Mobile Device Management > Windows > Windows Hello for Business.
  3. In the Windows Hello for Business page, select Disable Windows Hello for Business on enrolled devices.

    Figure 40 - Policy to disable Windows Hello for Business

    Disable Windows Hello for Business

  4. Click Save.

    Note

    This policy is a tenant-wide Intune setting. It disables Windows Hello and required PINs during setup for all enrolled devices in a tenant.

To test whether these policies get successfully deployed to your tenant, go through 4. Add more devices and users and setup another Windows device and login as one of the users.

4. Add more devices and users

After your cloud infrastructure is set up and you have a device management strategy in place, you may need to add more devices or users and you want the same policies to apply to these new devices and users. In this section, we'll show you how to do this.

4.1 Connect other devices to your cloud infrastructure

Adding a new device to your cloud-based tenant is easy. For new devices, you can follow the steps in 2. Set up devices.

For other devices, such as those personally-owned by employees who need to connect to the corporate network to access corporate resources (BYOD), you can follow the steps in this section to get these devices connected.

Note

These steps enable users to get access to the organization's resources, but it also gives the organization some control over the device.

To connect a personal device to your work or school

  1. On your Windows device, go to Settings > Accounts.
  2. Select Access work or school and then click Connect in the Connect to work or school page.
  3. In the Set up a work or school account window, click Join this device to Azure Active Directory to add an Azure AD account to the device.

    Figure 41 - Add an Azure AD account to the device

    Add an Azure AD account to the device

  4. In the Let's get you signed in window, enter the work credentials for the account and then click Sign in to authenticate the user.

    Figure 42 - Enter the account details

    Enter the account details

  5. You will be asked to update the password so enter a new password.

  6. Verify the details to make sure you're connecting to the right organization and then click Join.

    Figure 43 - Make sure this is your organization

    Make sure this is your organization

  7. You will see a confirmation window that says the device is now connected to your organization. Click Done.

    Figure 44 - Confirmation that the device is now connected

    Confirmation that the device is now connected

  8. The Connect to work or school window will refresh and will now include an entry that shows you're connected to your organization's Azure AD. This means the device is now registered in Azure AD and enrolled in MDM and the account should have access to the organization's resources.

    Figure 45 - Device is now enrolled in Azure AD

    Device is enrolled in Azure AD

  9. You can confirm that the new device and user are showing up as Intune-managed by going to the Intune management portal and following the steps in 2.3 Verify the device is Azure AD joined. It may take several minutes before the new device shows up so check again later.

4.2 Add a new user

You can add new users to your tenant simply by adding them to the Office 365 groups. Adding new users to Office 365 groups automatically adds them to the corresponding groups in Microsoft Intune.

See Add users to Office 365 to learn more. Once you're done adding new users, go to the Intune management portal and verify that the same users were added to the Intune groups as well.

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