Microsoft 365 For Admins For Dummies Cheat Sheet - dummies
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Microsoft 365 For Admins For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Microsoft 365 Business for Admins For Dummies

By Jennifer Reed, Siddhu Reed

You’ve taken an important step in modernizing your small business and reducing your on-premises IT footprint by investing in Microsoft 365 Business. It’s time to get the most out of your investment in this breakthrough cloud solution designed for SMBs. Making the numerous features and functionalities of the solution work for your unique organization, however, can be daunting—especially for IT teams with limited resources. Use this quick reference to the key workloads included in the subscription service: Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10. Each workload serves a specific purpose in providing you with the best solution for a digital transformation of your business.

Driving Productivity with Office 365

Growing your business requires improved organizational productivity and enhanced collaboration for your employees. With Office 365, you can unleash the potential of your end users and empower them to achieve more with familiar business tools as well as new and exciting capabilities traditionally reserved for large organizations:

  • Access the latest desktop version of the Microsoft Office suite with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.
  • Pick up where you left off on your documents from any Internet-connected device by using Office Online, the cloud version of the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Stay on top of emails with Exchange Online, an enterprise-class email solution with built-in security and privacy features that syncs across multiple devices.
  • Store files online in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online and co-author documents in real time with your peers.
  • Collaborate with one or collaborate with an entire team by using the latest web conferencing, instant messaging, project management, and more with Microsoft Teams.
  • Get social and crowdsource ideas with Yammer, your own Facebook-like solution at work.

Reducing Risks with Enterprise Mobility + Security

As an IT admin, you are entrusted with a critical responsibility to keep your IT environment secure. With Enterprise Mobility + Security features designed for small business, you can minimize your organization’s exposure to cyber threats and enhance your security posture:

  • Enable end users to reset their own password by implementing self-service password reset (SSPR).
  • Make it difficult for bad actors to hack your accounts with multi-factor authentication (MFA).
  • Prevent snooping by protecting your data with labels, encryption, and policies using Azure Information Protection.
  • Implement a bring-your-own-device strategy to keep your end users happy while keeping company data secure with mobile device management capabilities.
  • Protect company data through mobile app management to prevent breaches and leaks.
  • Proactively manage threats by taking action on recommendations from the Secure Score portal.

Deploying Windows 10 Business

Windows 10 Business is not your father’s desktop operating system. The subscription version of the operating system means faster updates at shorter cycles on a predictable schedule. Windows 10 Business has built-in intelligent security, which means machine learning and artificial intelligence are your virtual friends helping you run your IT environment securely.

  • Talk the senior systems engineer talk by understanding the Windows-as-a-service concept for keeping your operating system always up to date.
  • Manually deploy Windows 10 Business on existing Windows 10 Pro devices without hiring expensive consultants or systems engineers.
  • Automate deployment with Windows AutoPilot for your remote workers by using Azure Active Directory and guidance from Microsoft 365 For Admins For Dummies.
  • Understand what it takes for a successful Windows 10 rollout with industry best practices and real-life stories from a small business deployment.
  • Create a project plan for deploying Windows 10 Business by customizing a sample deployment plan included in Microsoft 365 For Admins For Dummies.