Set up Microsoft 365 Business Premium

After you have started a trial or purchased Microsoft 365 Business Premium, your next step is to get everything set up. You have several options available. You can:

Before you begin

Make sure that you meet the following requirements before you begin your setup process:

Requirement Description
Subscription Microsoft 365 Business Premium or Microsoft 365 for Campaigns

To start a trial or purchase your subscription, see the following articles:
- Get Microsoft 365 Business Premium
- Get Microsoft 365 for Campaigns
Permissions To complete the initial setup process, you must be a Global Admin. Learn more about admin roles.
Browser requirements Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome or Firefox. Learn more about browser requirements.
Operating systems (client) Windows: Windows 10 or 11 Pro
macOS: One of the three most recent versions of macOS
Operating systems (servers) Windows Server or Linux Server
(Requires an additional license, such as Microsoft Defender for Business servers.)


For more detailed information about Microsoft 365, Office, and system requirements, see Microsoft 365 and Office Resources.

Guided setup process

Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes a guided process. The following video shows the guided setup process for Microsoft 365 Business Standard, which also applies to Microsoft 365 Business Premium. (Microsoft 365 Business Premium includes advanced security settings that you'll configure after your basic setup process is complete.)

As soon as you've completed the guided setup process, proceed to boost your security protection.


After you have added users, give them a link to the Employee quick setup guide. The guide walks them through signing in, getting Microsoft 365 apps, and saving, copying, and sharing files.

The guided setup process, step by step

  1. As a global administrator, go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and sign in. By default, you'll see the simplified view, as shown in the following image:

    Screenshot showing the simplified view of the Microsoft 365 admin center.

  2. In the upper right corner, select Dashboard view so that your admin center resembles the following image. Then select Go to guided setup.

    Screenshot of the dashboard view of the Microsoft 365 admin center.

  3. To install your Microsoft 365 apps (Office), select the download button, and then follow the prompts. Alternately, you can skip this step for now and install your apps later. Then select Continue.

    Screenshot of the Install Office download button.

  4. To add your organization's domain (recommended) or to use your default domain, select an option and then follow the prompts. Then select Use this domain.

    Screenshot showing the option to add a domain.


    To get help with this task, see Add a domain to Microsoft 365.

  5. To add a user, fill in the user's first name, last name, and user name, and then select Add users and assign licenses. Alternately, you can select View all users to go to your active users page, where you can view, add, and manage users.

    Screenshot showing the Add Users and Assign Licenses page.


    We recommend adding your administrators and members of your security team now. To get help with this task, see Add users and assign licenses at the same time.

  6. If you added your domain in step 4, you can now connect your domain to Microsoft 365. To get help with this task, see Change nameservers to set up Microsoft 365 with any domain registrar.

When you're finished with the basic setup process, you'll see Setup is complete, where you can tell us how setup went and then go to your Microsoft 365 admin center. At this point, basic setup is complete, but you still need to set up and configure your security settings.

Screenshot of the Setup is Complete confirmation screen.

Work with a Microsoft partner

If you'd prefer to have a Microsoft partner help you get and set up Microsoft 365 Business Premium, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Browse Partners page.

  2. In the Filters pane, specify search criteria, such as:

    • Your location
    • Your organization's size (Microsoft Customer Size)
    • Focus areas, such as Security and/or Threat Protection
    • Services, such as Licensing or Managed Services (MSP)

    As soon as you select one or more criteria, the list of partners updates.

  3. Review the list of results. Select a provider to learn more about their expertise and the services they provide.

See also

Next objective

Proceed to Boost your security protection.