Course info
Jan 25, 2019
1h 12m

With so many settings, at first glance, Office 365 can be overwhelming. In this course, Starting Your Journey with Office 365 Administration, you will learn foundational knowledge of Office 365 and the cloud. First, you will learn why you should be in the cloud. Next, you will discover the main components of Office 365. Finally, you will explore how to use Office 365 to enhance your business. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Office 365 needed to administer your organization from the cloud.

About the author
About the author

Ron is an experienced professional with in-depth expertise in corporate training, change management, communications, and facilitation.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Ron Schindler, and welcome to my course, Starting Your Journey with Office 365 Administration. I'm a SharePoint and Office 365 consultant, and have been helping companies get into the cloud with Office 365 for over 10 years. This product changes almost daily, so I've created an overview that will help you navigate not just the Office 365 environment, but also change itself. With over a billion-and-a-half users, and more than 50, 000 users a month joining an Office 365 plan, the cloud has become the place to do business. This course will set you straight on your journey into the cloud with Office 365. Join us as we cover the settings to scale your business while managing your costs, how being a tenant in the cloud can differ from having your own on-premise environment, and what are the many tools of Office 365 and why are they so important to me. Finally, know customized administration compared to global admins and default users. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set out on your own personal Office 365 journey to best use the tools you've purchased. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the internet, and possibly some administration of any software environment. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into the cloud with courses on Office 365, Office Pro Plus and Teams, SharePoint, Azure, or Exchange. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn the cloud with this Starting Your Journey with Office 365 Administration course at Pluralsight.

Course Introduction
Hello, and welcome to Starting Your Journey with Office 365 Administration. My name is Ron Schindler, and I've been involved with Office 365 since its early days of BPOS. I will be your guide as we take a look at how to start your journey of administration. Let's take a look at what we will learn in this course. Our journey will take us through cloud concepts, the question of why Office 365 in my business, administering subscriptions, licenses and growth, and then we'll talk about rules of administrators and users and how they fit. Our last two topics will be administrative support in Office 365 and navigation within Office 365. Our first module will be on cloud concepts. Let's see what you know about the cloud, and let's clear up some of those things that you may not know.

Administering Subscriptions, Licenses, and Growth
Hi, welcome to our module on Administering Subscriptions, Licenses, and Growth. My name is Ron Schindler. So we're going to go through a demo here of our subscriptions and billing. We're going to look at the billing area in Office 365 administration and show you how that works. So I'm starting in my admin center, and I'm going to go down to my Billing category, and we're going to look at our Purchase services. Purchase services is a place where you can purchase more services than what you have. This is an area where I might buy things like Dynamics 365, or maybe Visio or Project. Maybe I have one or two users that need those things. I can buy just one license at a time and assign it out to those users. AS I go down and look in my Subscriptions area, it will tell me all the active subscriptions that I currently have, how many licenses I've purchased, and how many have been assigned out. This is a great indicator of what I'm really not using. Maybe I can cut back on my subscription or licenses, or maybe it shows me that everything is maxed out and I need to increase by going back to the Purchase services tab and buying some more. When I click on the Bills area, this is going to tell me of the current bills that I have out there. Since I pay for mine in advance I don't have any showing up here. You might show monthly bills that are due to Microsoft. Payment methods is a place to put in your credit card information. I would show you that, but I don't want to share all my personal things with you. Licenses is a place to show how many licenses we have and how many have expired or are going to expire. And Billing notifications is a place where we can set up the type of notification we want to receive.

From Administrator to User – What Role Will You Fill?
Hi, I'm Ron Schindler, and this is the module on From Administrator to User - What Role Will You Fill? I'm going to take you through some demos here just to show you how this all works. We're going to look at the different role settings. There's actually three settings, but within one of those there's multiple settings, so we're going to talk about that. We're going to talk about administering new users and changing existing users. And then, finally, we're going to show you how to administer these things on a mobile phone or a tablet. Let's get started. When assigning user roles, we have really three different buttons we could click on, User, Global administrator, and Customized administrator. The User is simply a user, no administrative rights at all. They don't see administration within any of their menus. Global administrator is able to administer everything. It's good to have more than one of these in your organization. If anything happens to the one person, they get sick, they're on a delayed flight and something needs to be changed, you need someone else that can be a backup. Now if there is somebody that we want to just have specific roles and responsibilities in certain areas, then we would choose customized administrator. This has multiple settings within it. If I wanted somebody to just be able to change passwords, I could assign that right there. If I wanted to give them the responsibility of being a SharePoint administrator, or an Exchange administrator, I can do that here. Once I've checked those boxes and I click Save, this user now becomes an administrator in just the areas that I've checked, so their menus will be limited on what they can see and do.

Wrapping Up
I'd like to congratulate you and thank you for coming along with me on this journey through Office 365. We're just going to wrap some things up here, and I want to review a few things, and tell you the ways that you can continue on to educate yourself about Office 365. We've learned about cloud concepts. We've also learned about why would we have Office 365 in our business, how we administrator subscriptions, our license, and how we grow. And then, what role will we fill? Are we administrators or users? How do we get support for administrators, and how do we navigate through the world of Office 365? There's a lot of information that we've covered, and I want to let you know where you can go from here. First, follow paths about the cloud, SharePoint, Office 365, Skype or Exchange, any of those. Make sure that you go ahead and look for information on those items, and you may be able to go and find supporting videos in the Pluralsight library. Some of them are set up in paths, like you may be in at this time. Others may be sitting out there on their own. Look for specific topics that you enjoy and want to learn more about. Another way to expand your information and your knowledge is to come to one of our Pluralsight Live events. Come and get energized and meet some of your favorite authors, and also talk with other companies that may be dealing with some of the same issues that you are with Office 365. I hope to see you at one of those, and thank you again for coming to this course. Enjoy your path through Office 365.