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How do I access OWA and configure my Outlook clients to start consuming Microsoft Exchange Online?

How do I access OWA and configure my Outlook clients to start consuming Microsoft Exchange Online?

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The access to all of the Microsoft Online services is done through something called the “Sign In” application.  You have to download it and install it on desktops that want to use email, livemeeting and sharepoint.

 

The first thing you need to do is to create a user account in the Administrator Portal and give them a license to use the service.  Begin by logging onto our Administration Portal, and clicking "Create New User" from the homepage, or under the "Users" tab.  Run through the New User wizard, and be sure to write down the user name and password you've given the user.

 

The next step is to download the Sign In client and install it on your desktop.  Again, from the Administration Portal, click on “Support” then “Downloads”.  Download the "Sign In" tool from there and install it.  It will ask you to login... use the login and password for the user you just created.  Then it will ask you to change the password to something more memorable (our temporary passwords are terrible... I know!).  The next step is for you to auto-configure your desktop.  This will create a new outlook profile for you, and then allow you to start USING your services.  For instance, if you click the little "down" arrow next to "Email and Calendaring" you will then see "Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access", clicking on that will take you to OWA.

 

Any questions, please feel free to drop me a note!  caseymck **_at_** microsoft dot com

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