What is the Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center?
The Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center is the web-based portal administrators use to manage user accounts and configuration settings for the Office 365 subscription services, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center is the principal management interface for all Office 365 services. Most businesses have an Exchange administrator, but any user can adopt the role of admin. Admins can gain access through a web browser, as long as they have the proper credentials.
The Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center portal supports management tasks for users, groups, resources, billing, support, settings, reports and health. Each management section appears in the portal’s menu, which can be found on the left side. An administrator can customize tiles within the homepage of the Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center to display the most used applications or arrange them to suit their personal preference.
The Users section of the portal allows administrators to create, delete and manage users. This area allows administrators to set permissions, edit user details and reset passwords. The Groups menu lets administrators create, organize, manage and delete groups. The Resources section is where admins can create and manage resources, such as SharePoint site collections. These collections of files, media and sites are organized to share navigation, permissions and other Office 365 settings. Administrators can make these collections available to selected users or groups.
The Billings section allows admins to purchase new subscriptions, view current subscriptions, cancel subscriptions, view billing statements and audit the licenses assigned to users. The Settings section lets administrators implement global settings for Office 365 applications, such as the Microsoft Office applications and email. This includes password management, business profiles and controls for outside entities that have access.
The Reports menu shows administrators how Office 365 is used for email, Microsoft Office activation and other activity. This area helps organizations identify and reduce wasted licenses and control subscription costs. The Health menu shows the current service health for Office 365 and the service health history. This section can help administrators diagnose problems with the service and monitor any disruptions.
The Admin Centers menu lets administrators access and open separate admin centers for related Microsoft services. From specific admin centers, administrators can manage settings for that particular service.
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