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Office 365 adoption and hybrid solutions

Make sense of the Microsoft Cloud, including Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility (EMS)/Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics 365, through this collection of architecture resources, enterprise solutions, and Test Lab Guides. Use these resources as learning and planning tools that can help enterprise organizations choose and implement Microsoft Cloud solutions. You can view these resources online, download them, and print them out as reference materials.

Tip: Most of the downloadable resources listed on this page are available in multiple languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. To download a poster in one of these languages, click the More languages link for that poster. Let us know what you think! Send us email at

Cloud architecture resources

These resources give you information about Microsoft Cloud services and platforms, including Office 365, Azure, Intune, Microsoft Dynamics 365, private cloud datacenter, and hybrid on-premises and cloud solutions. IT decision makers and architects can use these resources to determine the ideal solutions for their workloads and to make decisions about core infrastructure components such as identity and security.

Enterprise cloud roadmap   

Swipe through this Sway experience for the resources that describe the industry's most complete cloud solution. This Sway highlights resources and common approaches for IT Architects, Solution Architects, and IT Decision Makers.

Microsoft's Enterprise Cloud Roadmap

Enterprise cloud roadmap

Cloud services and platform options   

Microsoft cloud architecture - platform

Learn key differences between Microsoft cloud services and platform offerings to find the best fit for your solution. This poster describes Microsoft's Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings that include Office 365, Platform as a Service (PaaS) features in Azure, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features in Azure, and private cloud capabilities using Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft System Center.

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Cloud identity   

Microsoft cloud architecture - identity

Learn about Azure Active Directory (AD), integrating your on-premises Windows Server AD with Azure AD, putting directory components in Azure, and domain service options for workloads in Azure IaaS.

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Cloud security   

Microsoft cloud architecture - security

Learn about how the Microsoft Cloud offers secure services and platforms, customer responsibilities to mitigate security risks, top security certifications, and security offerings available through Microsoft Consulting Services.

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Cloud storage   

Microsoft cloud architecture - storage

Learn about storage options available through the Microsoft Cloud, including the features of each, and their common uses and scenarios.

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Cloud networking   

Microsoft cloud architecture - networking

Learn about Microsoft Cloud connectivity elements, how to evolve your network for cloud connectivity, and how to design your network for Microsoft's SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS cloud services.

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Hybrid cloud   

Microsoft cloud architecture - hybrid

Learn about how your existing on-premises servers and applications can be extended or integrated with Microsoft Cloud-based servers and services for temporary resources or a gradual transition. Understand the key hybrid cloud scenarios, including the common layers of infrastructure, networking, and identity.

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Enterprise example   

Microsoft cloud architecture - enterprise example

Learn how the Contoso Corporation, a fictional but representative global organization, is designing their networking, security, and identity infrastructure to include Microsoft's SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS cloud services.

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Enterprise solutions with Office 365

The Office 365 enterprise solution series provides guidance for implementing Office 365 capabilities, especially where capabilities cross technologies.

Information Protection for Office 365    

Learn how to protect your corporate assets through a methodical approach. Use this poster as a guide for planning which capabilities to implement in your organization.

Information protection capabilities for Office 365

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Change Management for Office 365 Clients   

Learn about the servicing model for Windows 10 and Office 365 client applications. This poster covers release options, release cadences, types of changes, roles and responsibilities, and how to manage update deployments.

Model poster: Change Management for Office 365 Clients

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Cloud Adoption Test Lab Guides

Test Lab Guides

Learn about Microsoft Cloud solutions in a hands-on way before you deploy by creating environments in the cloud for demonstration, as a proof of concept, or for dev/test. Get an overview with this Microsoft Virtual Academy session.

Test Lab Guide: Office 365

Learn how to set up an Office 365 dev/test environment using a trial subscription as a basis for additional Test Lab Guides that demonstrate key integration and security features. Choose between a lightweight configuration or a simulated enterprise configuration that includes a simplified intranet in Azure.

Test Lab Guide: Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Create an environment for Microsoft 365 Enterprise scenarios that includes Office 365 Enterprise E5, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5, and a Windows 10 Enterprise computer.

Test Lab Guide: SharePoint Server 2016 in Azure

Set up a single-server SharePoint Server 2016 farm hosted in Azure. This guide walks you through setting up your Azure environment and then a domain controller, a SQL Server, and a SharePoint Server 2016 server.

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Join the solutions discussion   

If you are passionate about cloud-based solutions, consider joining the Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) to connect with a larger, vibrant community of Microsoft content developers, industry professionals, and customers from around the globe. To join, add yourself as a member of the Cloud Adoption Advisory Board group of the Office 365 Yammer network and send us a quick email at Anyone can read community-related content on the CAAB blog. However, CAAB members get access to private webinars that describe new solutions and cloud adoption resources.

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