Deploy Microsoft 365 Enterprise infrastructure, even if you’re not an enterprise
Published Oct 08 2019 09:59 AM 7,341 Views
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Although designed for enterprise organizations (those with more than 500 employees), Microsoft 365 Enterprise can also be used by medium and smaller businesses that:

  • Have more than 300 employees, the limit for Microsoft 365 Business.
  • Need Office 365 ProPlus, Windows 10 Enterprise licenses, or advanced threat protection and identity management.

For this discussion, we define a non-enterprise as an organization that:

  • Is not an enterprise but needs Microsoft 365 Enterprise.
  • Has a small amount of on-premises IT infrastructure, such as email and file servers and an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain, or none at all.
  • Has a small number of IT generalists, rather than an IT department with specialists in areas like networking, identity, or security.

For a non-enterprise, deploying the six layers of foundation infrastructure for Microsoft 365 Enterprise can be a challenge.


To meet this challenge, the Foundation infrastructure for non-enterprises article provides a streamlined and simplified deployment so that non-enterprises can benefit from the integration and security of Microsoft 365 Enterprise.


You step through the six phases of the foundation infrastructure, configuring global settings and settings tied to groups. The result is a configured infrastructure and a set of groups that you use to manage elements of security and the onboarding of employees.




If you are PowerShell savvy, an additional downloadable Excel workbook allows you to quickly generate the PowerShell commands to add a new employee to the right groups for onboarding.




To create the PowerShell commands:

  1. Fill in the name of your groups (done once).
  2. Select the operation (Add or Remove).
  3. Type the user principal name or display name of the employee.
  4. Select the groups to which the you want to add or remove the employee.
  5. Copy the generated commands to the clipboard and run them in PowerShell.

If you or your customers are non-enterprises, use the Foundation infrastructure for non-enterprises article to get the foundation deployed quickly. From there, deploy key workloads like Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, and SharePoint for collaboration and creativity on an integrated and secured infrastructure.


Joe Davies

Microsoft Senior Technical Writer

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