Step 3. Enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365

Applies to:

  • Microsoft Defender XDR

This article outlines the process to enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Before starting this process, be sure you've reviewed the overall process for evaluating Microsoft Defender XDR, and you've created the Microsoft Defender XDR evaluation environment.

Use the following steps to enable and pilot Microsoft Defender for Office 365.

The steps for adding Microsoft Defender for Office to the Microsoft Defender evaluation environment.

The following table describes the steps in the illustration.

Step number Link Description
1 Review architecture requirements and key concepts Understand the Defender for Office architecture and be sure your Exchange Online environment meets the architecture prerequisites.
2 Enable the evaluation environment Follow the steps to set up the evaluation environment.
3 Set up the pilot Create pilot groups, configure protection, and become familiar with key features and dashboards.


Do you want to learn more? Engage with the Microsoft Security community in our Tech Community: Microsoft Defender XDR Tech Community.