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If you are using Office 365 or are planning on using Office 365, then you will want to know how to configure your Custom Domain with Office 365. We will be going over the steps that are required and to configure and set up your domain for Office 365. There are a few prerequisites that you will need on hand.
- Custom Domain
- Login information to DNS Host
- Office 365 Tenant
Once you have the prerequisites, you will want to log into portal.microsoftonline.com using your Office 365 Username and Password.
Within this article we will be using a Office 365 E3 Tenant to setup a Custom Domain within Microsoft Office 365.
Once you have logged in, click on Domains which is located within the left hand side of the Office 365 Dashboard.
Click on Add a Domain, to start the verification process for your Custom Domain.
You will be brought to the Add a domain to Office 365 webpage, click Start Step 1.
You will now be asked to enter your Custom Domain. Enter the domain and click Next.
If your domain is hosted on GoDaddy, Office 365 will tell you that your Domain is hosted on GoDaddy and will try to verify owner ship for you, it is recommend that you click on Follow the manual steps, even if you are using GoDaddy. If you are not using GoDaddy as your DNS Host, click on Follow the manual steps to continue configuring your Custom Domain within Office 365.
From the Confirm that you own YourDomain.com page, click on the drop down box and select General Instructions.
You will see two types of DNS records, it is highly recommend that you use the TXT record to verify your domain. If for any reason you have to use the MX record to verify your domain; Then it is highly recommended that you give the MX record you see here a Higher Priority than your existing MX record.
Gather the TXT record from Office 365 and navigate to your DNS Hosting Provider. Within your DNS Hosting Provider, you will need to edit your DNS Records. Once you have arrived to the area where you can edit your TXT records, enter the TXT record needed by Microsoft Office 365.
Save your changes and allow some time to pass for your DNS records to propagate across the Internet. You can check if your DNS records have propagated using whatsmydns.net or any DNS Querying Tool.
Once you noticed that the TXT record has propagated across the Internet, go back to your Office 365 Tab and finish verifying your Custom Domain.
Once Office 365 verifies that you own your Custom Domain, click on Finish. You have now successfully added a Custom Domain to your Office 365 Tenant. If this is the first Domain that you have added to Office 365, then you can go ahead and continue with step 2 to Create Users and Assign Licenses. Once you’ve added your Users and are ready to start using Office 365 as your Email Solution, then you will want to go into Step 3 “Set the domain purpose and Configure DNS”, within Step 3 you will need to configure all of the DNS records you see there for Office 365 to work to its fullest.
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