Microsoft is releasing a series of improvements to the company’s Microsoft 365 deployment guides designed to simplify deployment of the cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools.
To help administrators find guides for the services they need to deploy, Microsoft updated the search tools, recommendations and layouts for its Advanced deployment guides & assistance page in the Microsoft 365 admin center and at setup.microsoft.com. In addition, Microsoft says the new layouts include views that highlight guides for Secure Score, Compliance Score and Adoption score to help admins track key metrics over time.
The new features also give admins the ability to communicate and share deployment progress with relevant stakeholders by exporting progress in Excel and sharing as needed, the company says in a blog.
For admins that want to prioritize and focus on the highest impact services first, they can now view the most important actions front and center in the “Suggested guides” section, Microsoft says. Future updates will see the suggestions tailored to the admin’s configuration and licenses.
Outside of the admin center, admins can use setup.microsoft.com for advanced deployment guides, which includes the same guides in the admin center. This allows admins without permissions for the admin center to access the informant they need, and admins of adjacent products, partners or other stakeholders can get step-by-step deployment information.
According to Microsoft, the new setup.microsoft.com experience serves as a useful learning and guidance resource accessible those who can’t directly sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center, or who only have permissions to access other admin centers. In addition, the site can help IT professionals get informed about deployment as they discover and try Microsoft 365 services before making a purchase.
Microsoft also announced the recent release of a new advanced deployment guide for setting up a Microsoft Zero Trust security model, and the company plans in the first quarter of 2023 to release a new guide for Windows 365 Cloud PC configuration.
Learn more about these guides in Microsoft’s blog.
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