Get your organization ready for Office 365 Enterprise

When you get your on-premises infrastructure ready to connect your enterprise organization to Office 365, it's important to plan exactly what steps you want to take, when to perform them, and who will perform them. If you've opted out of FastTrack deployment and aren't finding what you need in our basic deployment steps, this is the place to start.

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

Most customers don't need to do anything to prepare for Office 365. It's just another application on the web and people are able to use it as soon as they have an account. Other customers have more locations, requirements, or other scenarios that create the need to carefully plan for the deployment. These resources will help you get started.

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.

Choose one or more to get started:

Install and run the health, readiness, and connectivity checks.

Automatically checks network connectivity to the selected Office 365 services and applications.

Validates existing Office compatibility for the person/computer that runs the test.

Tip: No data is stored or changes made by these tools.

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.

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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Want to talk with support?

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See Also

Managing Office 365 endpoints

Deployment advisors for Office 365 services

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