11-07-2017 12:34 PM
11-07-2017 12:34 PM
I am currently starting a deployment of Office 365 and the first choice is what to use as the tenant name. The actual company name has already been taken so I am looking at possible alternatives and would like to understand what implications this might have further down the line.
A registered domain alias will be added to Office 365 but from reading other posts there are some areas that will always show the tenant name, including the link for SharePoint Online and links within Skype for Business meeting requests. Can anyone provide any details about when the SharePoint Online address will be used and when users would be expected to see/type this? (I'm not too bothered about the links embedded in Skype messages). Is there anywhere else that the tenant name I used?
Also, does anyone also have any suggestions for the creating a tenant that has worked well when the company name had already been used? Assuming the company name is 'ABC' some of the possible options for the tenant name include:
Do you have any other suggestions of possible options that have worked for you?
I've read both horror stories about choosing the wrong tenant name (e.g. using a phone number!) and also others saying that it doesn't matter what the choice is as it's not seen when using a personal domain.
Any advice from previous experience would be greatly appreciated in helping to get the right tenant name instead of regretting it later on.
11-07-2017 02:40 PM
11-07-2017 04:47 PM
Depending on which part of the business you work for (e.g. IT) I'd go and talk to some management-ey people about something like this. There might be a legal entity for the business (e.g. Contoso Holdings LLC) that can be used in place of the "brand name". They should also be across the implications in terms of SPO/OD/Skype links and what can/can't be changed in future.
11-07-2017 05:36 PM
11-09-2017 08:05 AM - edited 11-09-2017 08:07 AM
Use something short and something that makes sense. This is actually a huge decision because it will follow you EVERYWHERE in Office 365. Even though quite often your users will be moving around via links, your tenant name will stay with you forever. You won't be changing it, no matter what. Everything in Office 365 is customized through the tenant name, so whatever you pick, it's yours, for better or worse.
Others may see it differently, but I actually would advise against just picking a company name (I realize yours is taken). I would NOT try to use anything catchy + company name. I also wouldn't add a country/state/region code or anything like that. Instead, is there something else your company uses for short?
Also keep in mind that admins are almost certainly going to type it out 4.73 billion times. If you pick something like JACKSAUTOANDREPO then you will almost certainly be bloodied in the future for that choice. Don't do it. The powers that be might favor something quite a bit longer if your business name is taken, be very wary of something longer and just adding on to it.
I work for........... Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (I don't know who thought that was a good idea) and our tenant name is MLMINS. I type it out probably 50-100 times a day in powershell, visual studio code, admin panels, navigating, configuring settings, etc. If i would have made it something like MINNESOTALAWYER, I would have been in the hospital getting wrist surgery by now. Shorten it somehow that makes sense and is usable. In the instance of JACKSAUTOANDREPO, examples would be JACKS, JAUTO, JAKSAUTO, JAAR, etc.
11-09-2017 01:24 PM
Thanks for all your replies on this. It has helped us consider the options about the tenant name more carefully and come up with some better options than we were previously considering.
The guidelines I'm now working to based on your comments are that the tenant name should be:
This has led us away from the original consideration of using the country/region in the tenant name.
Following on from my first post, and assuming an example company name of Advanced Building Contractors, the consideration currently is to use something along the lines of:
Using the full company name would be far too long so these are the current options being considered. They include the short company name and relate to the line of business.
What is the general feeling about the longest acceptable length for a tenant name? Would the shorter name be preferred over the longer name or vice versa?
11-09-2017 08:11 PM
I don't think there's necessarily any rule of thumb for length -- do what feels comfortable.
If you had abcbuild vs. abcbuilding here's my thought process --
Ok, enough blabbing from me. Just wanted to expand a little bit on the above, likely without anything helpful. GOOD LUCK!