SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – SharePoint in Office 365

What BDMs and architects need to know about SharePoint in Office 365 deployment.

SharePoint in Office 365














Gain efficiency and optimize for cost with Office 365 multi-tenant plans.

  • Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Rich feature set is always up to date.
  • Includes a Microsoft Azure Active Directory tenant (can be used with other applications).
  • Directory integration includes synchronizing account names and passwords between the on-premises Active Directory environment and the Microsoft Azure Active Directory tenant.
  • If single sign-on is a requirement, Active Directory Federation Services can be implemented.
  • Client communication over the Internet through encrypted and authenticated access (port 443).
  • Data migration is limited to what can be uploaded over the Internet.
  • Customizations: Apps for Office and SharePoint, SharePoint Designer 2013

Best for

  • Secure external sharing and collaboration (unique feature!).
  • Intranet — team sites, My Sites, and internal collaboration.
  • Document storage and versioning in the cloud.
  • Basic public-facing website.

Additional features with Office 365 Dedicated Subscription Plans:

  • Microsoft data center equipment that is dedicated to your company or organization and not shared with any other organization.
  • Each customer environment resides in a physically separate network.
  • Client communication across an IPSec-secured VPN or customer-owned private connection. Two-factor authentication is optional.
  • ITAR-support plans.

License requirements

  • Subscription model, no additional licenses needed

Architecture tasks

  • Plan and design directory integration. Two options (either option can be deployed on premises or in Microsoft Azure):
    • Password sync (requires one 64-bit server).
    • Single sign-on (requires ADFS and multiple servers).
  • Ensure network capacity and availability through firewalls, proxy servers, gateways, and across WAN links.
  • Acquire third-party SSL certificates to provide enterprise-security for Office 365 service offerings.
  • Plan the tenant name, design site. collection architecture and governance.
  • Plan customizations, solutions, and apps for SharePoint Online.
  • Decide if you want to connect to Office 365 by using the Internet Protocol 6 (IPv6)
    — not common.

IT Pro responsibilities

  • Ensure user workstations meet Office 365 client prerequisites.
  • Implement the directory integration plan.
  • Plan and implement internal and external DNS records and routing.
  • Configure the proxy or firewall for Office 365 IP address and URL requirements.
  • Create and assign permissionsto site collections.
  • Implement customizations, solutions, and apps for SharePoint Online.
  • Monitor network availability and identify possible bottlenecks.


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