Office 365 - setup timescales


More of an opinion than a technical question, but mostly for anyone who has been involved in an Office 365 setup.

On the assumption that no existing systems exist, what kind of timescale has anyone experienced between going ahead and buying O365 licenses and being given access to the system to set up user accounts etc?

my reason for this is to get a good view on the overall timescale of an implementation. We can estimate  everything else, but not the licensing purchase & initial Office 365 setup by Microsoft.

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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
If you mean the initial setup on the O365 tenant, it can take anywhere from 2 mins to 2+ days. Usually it's quite fast, but things can go wrong on the backend and there's nothing you can do but wait in such cases. Overall, it's fairly quickly though.

Getting the licenses provisioned might also take a while depending on the method you use to purchase them. Best to start with a free trial tenant, so you immediately have few licenses to play with.

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I setup ours before even purchasing any licences at all... ready for a migration so in theory the same assumption,

you can signup with a free trial for 90 days and set up the whole company to a point of even testing with the "onmicrosoft" email alias. once you are ready you can then add the domain records and away you go!

Timescales depend on how big the company is, i setup 105 users and had it all where i wanted it to run sufficiently in a day.

the tough bit comes to implementing this to the workforce and that is what needs planning. i managed to migrate mine from an on-site mdaemon exchange server to O365 in 2 days with no downtime at all.

if you know what you want out of it it will not take long at all.
SteveAuthor Commented:
Getting the licenses provisioned might also take a while depending on the method you use to purchase them.
Could you give any examples?

Think you may have misunderstood my question. It's the licensing/Microsoft bit I'm asking about. from purchase to being allowed access to do our bit.
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your question is a little open because either way you can signup to microsoft on a trial (which takes around 10-15 minutes) then you can access it to start "doing your bit" straight away. the licenses can then be applied at any point after that via microsoft direct or a 3rd party vendor.

If you buy them direct from microsoft then it is almost instant and then you have 30 days to pay the bill.

If done through a 3rd party vendor like i did it took 2 days to get the licenses to be able to apply them.

my point is, you already have access to the whole system to do what you want.

If you mean you want to do it without trial and know what licenses you need and are ready to pay up front then it is the same.. you pay for the licenses and have access straight away to start setting it up.
SteveAuthor Commented:
Thanks russ. Thats more like what i was hoping for.

Anyone else?
SteveAuthor Commented:
No-one else seems to be weighing in so I'll close this off.

Appreciate the info guys.
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