Office 365 offers a number of office applications via a web browser e.g. Office 365 plans P1/E1/E2/E3/E4/K1 and K2 allow read write and read only access to office documents.
In order to get uninterrupted access it is recommended the browser be configured with the following trusted sites assignments.
Trusted sites list:
Local intranet list:
The above assignments can be configured via group policy or the IEAK. Note that when you configure the trusted browser zones via group policy the end user will be unable to make changes. If you need to implement this in an environment that has not used the ‘site to zone assignment’ group policy object before you may what to script the collection of existing trusted site configuration. See this here.
Client computer requirements
Desktop Setup – required if you’re not installing Office 365 Pro Plus.
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- Windows Server 2008 or later
- Windows XP with SP3; support ends January 2014
- Windows Vista with SP2; support ends January 2014
- Office 2010 SP1
- Office 2007 SP2
- Office 2011 for MAC
- Outlook 2003 (POP and IMAP); support ends April 2014
- Lync 2010
- Microsoft .NET framework
- Entourage 2008 Web services addition and Office 2008 for MAC are not supported but probably will work
- IE 8 or later
- Firefox latest version
- Safari 5 or later
- Chrome latest version
The Office suite available via Office 365 can be deployed in a number of ways:
- Download from the portal
Downloads are initiated from the portal by the end user; this will require the end user to have local administrative rights.
- Network share
The IT Administrator downloads the installer to a network share; this will again require the end user to have local administrative rights. This option requires you download Office 365 Pro Plus using the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-run.
Create a share on a file server e.g. net share sharename=drive:path
Once the configuration is complete, download Office 365 Pro Plus using the download switch.
To install Office 365 Pro Plus you would run the command below at the client
Office 365 Pro Plus Group Policy
Administrative templates can be found here.
Office licensing considerations
Originally the Office suite provided via Office 365 had a number of restrictions e.g. the office suite used a retail SKU which prevented it being installed within a terminal services environment. The latest Office suite no longer has that limitation. See more below.
Installation and use rights here.
Configuring Remote Connectivity
Troubleshooting Remote Connectivity
As Office 365 services are cloud based, so your internet connectivity and configuration needs to be solid. To diagnose and troubleshoot Microsoft have provided the following tools:
MOSDAL is a good all round tool which collects system and network configuration, performs network diagnostics and logs information for all Microsoft Office 365 applications in use.
To use MOSDAL configure using the setup wizard then reproduce the problem; as you reproduce the problem MOSDAL will collect information, when MOSDAL is finished you can view the report. The MOSDAL report is best viewed top down, first view the summary and drill down where required to view console output, test traces and any attachments.
Remote Connectivity Analyser
browse to http://testexchangeconnectivity.com and select an applicable test e.g. to test Office 365 single sign-on select the Office 365 tab then select single sign-on test. Enter your credentials when prompted and click perform test.
The image above is a single sign-on test I performed whilst my Federation proxy server was offline.
Office 365 Urls and IP address ranges can be found here.
Office 365 port requirements:
Exchange / Email:
- Outlook 20xx, Entourage 2008, Outlook 2011 for Mac and Outlook Web Access – TCP 443.
- SMTP mail routing uses – TCP 25.
- SMTP relay uses – TCP 587.
- IMAP migration – TCP 143 / 993
- POP3 – TCP 995
- Exchange migration – TCP 433 (Staged and cutover)
- Exchange management console and shell – TCP 443
- SharePoint portal (sharepointonline.com) – TCP 443
- Lync Client (Lync Online to on-premises Lync Server) – TCP 443.
- Lync data, video and audio – PSOM/TLS 443, STUN/TCP 443, STUN/UDP 3478 and RTC/UDP 50000 – 59999
Active Directory / Federation:
- ADFS and ADFS Proxies – TCP 443
- Directory Sync – TCP 80 / TCP 443
Verifying service connectivity
To verify Exchange / Outlook connectivity hold down the ctrl key whilst right clicking the Outlook icon in the system tray and selecting connection status.
To verify Lync connectivity browse to your local Lync test site from the list below: NOTE: requires Java be installed.
- http://trippams.online.lync.com – Amsterdam, Netherlands
- http://trippbl2.online.lync.com – Blue Ridge, Virginia
- http://trippdb3.online.lync.com – Dublin, Ireland
- http://tripphkn.online.lync.com – Hong Kong
- http://trippsn2.online.lync.com – San Antonio, Texas
- http://trippsg1.online.lync.com – Singapore
Once connected click start test, then enter the session ID (any number greater than 0), the click ok.
To verify SharePoint connectivity simply browse to the SharePoint site.
The autodiscover service; autodiscover takes the email address and password of a user to automatically configure their Outlook profile. Autodiscover will attempt to get the users display name, connection settings for inbound and outbound connectivity, the mailbox server where the mailbox exists, Urls for free / busy, unified messaging, offline address book and outlook anywhere configuration.
Autodiscover will generally utilise a CNAME within your DNS namespace which points to autodiscover.outlook.com. You can test autodiscover using the Microsoft Remote Connectivity analyser.
Remote connectivity analyser results.
Administering Office 365 via PowerShell
This requires the Microsoft Online Services Module for PowerShell be installed. You can confirm this by opening PowerShell and typing Get-Module -ListAvailable
Once you have confirmed the module is installed import the module and connect to your Office 365 tenant.
Put the credentials into a variable $cred
Connect to the Office 365 tenant using the variable
To get a list of commands available run Get-Command -Module MSOnline
Administering Exchange On-line via PowerShell
Exchange On-line can be administered via remote PowerShell.
First of all create a remote session to https://ps.outlook.com/powershell
Import the session to get the Exchange Online cmdlets. using Import-Session $session. To get a list of commands import the session into a variable and use the ExportedCommands property to retrieve a list of commands.
Run the commands as if you were connected locally.