Friday, July 20, 2012

Adding Your Domain to a Windows Azure Active Directory in Office 365 Preview Enterprise (E3) Edition

If you have a custom domain registered for use with your Office 365 subscription, follow these steps to assign it to the Preview:

1. Open the Office 365 Preview Enterprise (E3) Edition administrative portal:


2. Click the Domains button in the navigation frame to open the Domains page and mark the current domain’s option button:


Following is the full text cut off above:

Your Microsoft Online Services account comes with a domain name — — but if you have your own domain name already, you can use that domain name with Microsoft Online Services services too. To add your domain, click Add a domain.

If you don't already own a domain name, you can purchase one from a domain registrar, and then come back to add it to Microsoft Online Services.

3. Click the Add a Domain button to open the Specify a Domain page:


4. Click Next to display the Verify Domain page, select your domain registrar ( for this example) from the first list and choose Add a TXT record in the Select a Verification Method list:


Note: Steps 5 through 9 are based on the instructions cut off above. Adding a TXT or MX record at other registrar’s sites follows a similar process. The Office 365 Team recommends using a TXT rather than a Mail Exchange (MX) record so as not to interfere with email operations.

5. Sign in to your account at and click the Your Account button to display the the domain(s) you’ve registered:


6. Click the name of the domain that you’re verifying to open a page for the domain, OakLeaf for this example, and scroll to the Advanced Technical Settings region at the bottom of the page:


7. In the TXT row, click Edit TXT Records (SPF) to open the Add TXT Record page, type @ in the Host Name text box and MS=ms91408035 in the TXT Record box:


Note: This TXT record is just used to verify that you own your domain; it doesn't affect anything else.

8. Click Continue to open the Confirm Changes to Domain Alias page and verify your entry:


Note: Confirming changes surrounds the TXT record with double-quotes.

9. Click Continue to save the changes, log out of the website, and wait at least 15 minutes for this change to take effect.

Note: Typically it takes about 15 minutes for your changes to take effect. However, it can take up to 72 hours for the record that you created to propagate through the DNS system.

You will receive a message like the following from after confirming the change:

Dear Roger Jennings,

We received your request on Fri Jul 20 12:51:04 EDT 2012 to update the "TXT" Zone Record information for the following domain names.

Please Note: Zone Record changes take between 12 to 24 hours for .com and .net, and between 24 and 72 hours (standard Internet propagation time) for all other general extensions for the update to be completed globally.

If you have any questions, please contact customer service at 1. 877.381.2449.

We appreciate your business.


Customer Service at

10. Return to the Office 365 administrative portal and click the Verify button to open the Specify Services page:


Note: You can’t specify SharePoint Online in conjunction with Exchange and Lync Online in the initial configuration. The Learn More link isn’t active. Here’s the default Office 365 Preview’s Metro-styled Sharepoint Team Site landing page at


11. Temporarily mark the SharePoint Online check box to obtain details about the workaround for the above restriction and click Next to finish adding the domain. …

Opening returns a message from that the site is coming.

12. Return to the Domains page, which displays the status of your custom domain, and select its option button:


13. Click Troubleshoot


14. Click Next to receive a “Be patient” message:


Stay tuned for final tests of on 7/23/2012.