Initial Setup of Office 365

I have a customer who is using Exchange on a SBS 2011 Server. I need to migrate them over to Office 365. They have a Windows Live ID. Where do I go to set them up in the Office 365 administration console or to I have to purchase at least one license first?
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LockDown32OwnerAsked:
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
Yes, you will need to buy an Office 365 license to get in there.

If they have Microsoft accounts associated with the purchase of a previous edition of Office, they can still use that but not 365. It's a totally different product.
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
I did this a few years ago and if it's the same, you'll have to buy an SSL certificate as well so you can copy your on-premise exchange data to online
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Or an easier method is to use something like MigrationWiz to move data to O365 servers.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I am aware of the differences between Exchange Server, Office 365 and Outlook :) I know in the management console for Outlook 365 you don't have to assign licenses right away but can set up the users. I am months away from actually doing the migration but wanted to get everything set up for Office 365 without incurring the cost of the licenses since they won't be used for a couple months.

   So the only way to do is by one license? Just enough to get on the board and get access to the management console?
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
Assuming this is a business and not a household, you will need to sign them up for a business account, which incurs a monthly fee per user.

You can't admin Office 365 without an account because admin can create accounts, set custom domains, etc.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
It is a business but Microsoft doesn't charge for the account. It charges for licenses "used". I can add 100 users but as long as I don't assign them a license they do not incur a cost.

   Of course you can't admin Office 365 without an account hence the question. So I am going to go back to me original assumption..... the least expensive way to do it is to get one license and one license only? That will get me an account and allow me to "play"?
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Juan OcasioApplication DeveloperCommented:
They used to allow a free tenancy for a time period where afterwards you could buy or allow it to lapse. Try that route if you want to play. If you’re migrating accounts you’ll have to pay for each account
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
I get what you're trying to do, but MS doesn't operate that way. They want you to plan ahead for your transition to Office 365 and all that. To get started, though, you will have to have an account. I have friends who work from home offices whose whole job is to assist in transitioning businesses to Office 365. There is no demo mode, though.
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
I just contacted Office 365 sales support via chat and confirmed with them. Here's their reply:

MS office 365 support chat screenshot
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Aaron TomoskySD-WAN SimplifiedCommented:
you can setup a trial account, but you need to add one license before it ends. If you plan on letting it end, don't use the name you want to keep later, it takes a long time for the name to become unused.
E3 trial link
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=403802
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
Go for o365 trial account and it will allow you to sync 1000s of users without issue, mailboxes are limited to 25 only
They allows to extend license upto 60 or 90 days
Beyond that u need to add license if u want to continue
U can request Microsoft more extension upon submitting business case they may allow further extension, so prepare business Case
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
It was easy enough to do. Purchased one license and got the account opened up. Now I don't have to worry abot expirations or anything and can play to my hearts content.....
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