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Office 365 structure decrypted for human consumption

Office 365 structure decrypted for human consumption

As a long time Microsoft user, administrator, and MVP, I have to admit that the Office 365 environment was a bit confusing at first, especially the naming and organization of the services. If Office 365 has you stumped, let me share what I know about the terms, concepts, and environment so that you don’t have to keep searching around for answers and scratching your head like I did.

First, Office 365 is not what you think! Let me break down what you probably already know about some of the concepts:

Active Directory: This is a forest and domain-based environment that authenticates accounts and pushes policy. The main portion of Active Directory is a domain controller, which is a Windows server that has been promoted to this role.

Exchange: This is the Microsoft email environment that controls email, data storage, and more. For a long time, this was a stand-alone environment, but the services have since been ported over to be services that run with Active Directory.

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