Are you planning to run a multi-tenant Microsoft 365 deployment? Microsoft 365 multi-tenancy has many benefits. It allows you to cut costs and streamline management by having a single console for all tenants. But there are things you should consider before making this move.
Tenants are the individual organizations that have been assigned a specific set of Office 365 resources. The tenant is the sole entity that will have access to its own data and applications in the cloud.
Multi-Tenant refers to an Office 365 plan that can contain multiple organizations or tenants. Microsoft 365 is a multi-tenant service, which means it’s designed to be used by multiple organizations. This benefits customers who want to manage multiple Microsoft 365 environments through one centralized dashboard and don’t want to pay for various licenses of the same product.
Microsoft 365 tenants can be managed from a single dashboard by an administrator who has been assigned permissions, but only that administrator will have access to this dashboard. If you prefer to have more than one person managing your account at any time, you’ll need to share logins with them or create unique administrators within Microsoft Online Services Portal (MOSP).
You can add tenants using the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Office 365 Admin Center, or Azure Admin Portal. You can also use PowerShell and Cloud Shell to perform this task.
Microsoft tenant management
Tenant management starts with determining your tenants, which means determining the correct name and location of your tenants. The location of your tenant will be specified upon creating the tenant of the organization.
Then, optimize your networking by ensuring you have the correct DNS domain names. You must optimize network traffic for enterprise networks and remote workers.
Multi-tenant Office 365 management also involves ensuring you synchronize your identities. These include your groups and AD DS or Active Directory Domain Services. Verify that your DNS domains for email addresses are correct and your user accounts are assigned with valid licenses.
Security in Multi-tenancy
Security is another crucial factor you must ensure with multi-tenancy. Require secure sign-in and configure settings to improve identity and access management security. This sign-in security configuration could be with multi-factor authentication (MFA) or passwordless authentication. For higher levels of security, you can take advantage of the Conditional Access feature.
Finally, you must enroll and manage your apps for organization-owned and personal devices. Managing means migrating your office clients, Windows devices, and on-premises Office servers and data.
Once done, you can move quickly, efficiently, and securely between the tenants you manage. You can do this in the Microsoft 365 admin center by selecting the organization name or from the Tenant Switcher.
Make tenant management seamless with Microsoft 365 Multi-Tenant
Smaller institutions usually use single-tenancy. However, establishing and maintaining multi-tenant control is recommended for more extensive and prominent institutions. This way, the institution could utilize increased security and efficiency and mitigate performance issues and tenant limitations.
If you need help on data back-up and restoration as you make the shift, get in touch with Simeon Cloud.