How to Create a Virtual Network in Windows Azure

To create a cloud-only virtual network: 
1.      Log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal.
2.      In the lower left-hand corner of the screen, click New. In the navigation pane, click Network Services, and then click Virtual Network. Click Custom Create to begin the configuration wizard.
3.      On the Virtual Network Details page, enter the following information, and then click the next arrow on the lower right.
o    Name - Name your virtual network. Type XXXLabnetYYY.
o    Affinity Group - From the drop-down list, select Create a new affinity group. Affinity groups are a way to physically group Windows Azure services together at the same data center to increase performance. Only one virtual network can be assigned an affinity group.
o    Region - From the drop-down list, select the desired region. Your virtual network will be created at a datacenter located in the specified region.
o    Affinity Group Name - Name the new affinity group. Type XXXGroupYYY.

4.      On the DNS Servers and VPN Connectivity page, enter the following information, and then click the next arrow on the lower right.
o    DNS Servers-Optional - Enter the DNS server name and IP address that you want to use.
o    Select XXXlabdnsYYY.
o    Do not select the checkbox for point-to-site or site to site connectivity. The virtual network we are creating in this tutorial is not designed for cross-premises connectivity.

5.      On the Virtual Network Address Spaces page, enter the following information and then click the checkmark on the lower right to configure your network. Address space must be a private address range, specified in CIDR notation,, or
o    Address Space: Click CIDR in the upper right corner, then enter the following:
§  Starting IP:
§  CIDR: /20
o    Add subnet: Enter the following:
§  Subnet-1  with the Starting IP
§  Verify that you now have subnets created and then click the checkmark on the lower right to create your virtual network.
6.      After clicking the checkmark, your virtual network will begin to create. When your virtual network has been created, you will see Created listed under Status on the networks page in the Management Portal.

How to Create a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server in Windows Azure

          This tutorial shows you how to use the From Gallery method in the Management Portal to create a custom virtual machine. This method provides more options than the Quick Create method does for configuring the virtual machine when you create it, such as the connected resources, the DNS name, and the network connectivity if needed.
1.      Sign in to the Windows Azure Management Portal.
2.      On the command bar, click New.
3.      Click Virtual Machine, and then click From Gallery.
4.      Click Platform Images, select Windows Server 2012 Datacenter of the images, and then click the arrow to continue.
5.      If multiple versions of the image are available, in Version Release Date, pick the version you want to use.
6.      In Virtual Machine Name, type the name that you want to use for the virtual machine. For this virtual machine, type XXXLabYYY.
7.      In Size, select the size of the virtual machine. The size you should select depends on the number of cores required to run your application. For this virtual machine, choose the smallest available size.
8.      In New User Name, type a name for the administrative account that you want to use to manage the server. For this virtual machine, type Admin.
9.      In New Password, type a strong password for the administrative account on the virtual machine. In Confirm Password, retype the password.
10. Click the arrow to continue.
11. You can place virtual machines together under a cloud service to provide robust applications, but for this tutorial, you only create a single virtual machine. To do this, select Create a new cloud service.
12. In Cloud Service DNS Name, type a name that uses between 3 and 24 lowercase letters and numbers. This name becomes part of the URI that is used to contact the virtual machine through the cloud service. For this virtual machine, type XXXMyServiceYYY.
13. In Region/Affinity Group/Virtual Network, select where you want to locate the virtual machine.
14. You can select a storage account where the VHD file is stored. For this tutorial, accept the default setting of Use an Automatically Generated Storage Account.
15. Under Availability Set, for the purposes of this tutorial use the default setting of None.
16. Click the arrow to continue.
17. Under Endpoints, new endpoints are created to allow connections for Remote Desktop and Windows PowerShell remoting. (Endpoints allow resources on the Internet or other virtual networks to communicate with a virtual machine.) Click the check mark to create the virtual machine.

After the virtual machine and cloud service are created, the Management Portal lists the new virtual machine under Virtual Machines and lists the cloud service under Cloud Services. Both the virtual machine and the cloud service are started automatically.

How to Create a Shared mailbox in Office365

Shared mailboxes allow a group of users to view and send email from a common mailbox and share a common calendar

To create a Shared Mailbox
1.      In the Exchange Admin Center, Click recipients in the left pane and then click shared.

2.      Click New and in the new shared mailbox page, fill out the required details.
3.      Under Full Access click  on add to add the Users who will have full access to this shared mailbox.

4.      Click Ok. A new shared mailbox is created
Click and go through various other option available in the recipients page.

How to Configuring Mobile Device Policy in Exchange Online O365

Many enterprises enforce security policies on mobile devices that connect to the corporate email system. With Office 365, IT is in control of this and many other Exchange Online policies and configurations. Follow these steps to set a mobile device security policy.

1.      On the Exchange Admin Center page, in the column on the left, click mobile.
2.      Click Mobile Device Mailbox Policies at the top of the page.

3.      Click New.

4.      In the Name field, type Require Passwords.
5.      Select Require a password.
6.      Select Require an alphanumeric password.
7.      Set Password must include this many character sets: to 2.
8.    Set Minimum password length to 6. 

9.      Click Save.

10. Go through the various other options in the mobile page.

How to Add an Alias to a Mailbox in O365

A mailbox is assigned to an email address associated with a user. Often, a mailbox needs additional email addresses to serve a business purpose, such as receiving the results of survey, customer feedback, or support requests. This allows you to provide contact information to the general public such as “for more information, contact us at,” without exposing an user’s actual email address. This task shows you how to add an alternate email address to a user’s mailbox.

1.      Go to the Recipients page, click Mailboxes.

2.      Double-click John Snow
3.      In the John Snow form, click email address and then click Add.
4.      In the new email address webpage dialog box, in the Email address type, select SMTP
5.      Now type the alias email address as

6.      Note is now listed for John Snow under e-mail addresses. Click Save.

How to create a Distribution Group in O365 for Exchange Online

Distribution Group: A distribution group, also called a public group, is a collection of two or more people that appears in the shared address book. When an email message is sent to a group, it goes to all members of the group. Using a group, instead of typing individual email addresses, saves time and ensures that everyone is on the same page.

In this task, you will create a distribution group that includes John Snow and Robb Stark. A distribution group can optionally be configured to receive email from external users. This allows you to create a list such as “support,” “sales,” or “inquiries” designed for the public to use.
1.      At the top of the page, click Admin.

2.      Click Exchange.

3.      In the Exchange admin center page, click Groups.

4.      Under Groups, click New and select Distribution Group.
In the New Distribution Group form, add the following information

Display Name: Contoso Sales
Alias: Sales
Email-address: sales@
Description: Sales team communications

5.      iNote the options available for distribution groups.
6.      Click Save

From the Exchange admin center, double click the Contoso Sales distribution group.

7.      In the Contoso Sales window, click Membership and then click Add.
8.      Add John Snow, Robb Stark, and Theon Greyjoy to the distribution group, and then click OK. Note that external contactors can be members of a distribution list.
9.      Click Delivery Management.
10. Select Senders inside and outside my organization.

11. Then click MailTip.
Mail tips warn users of potential issues if they send an email message to the group. MailTip text appears when the group is added to the To, Cc or Bcc fields of a new email message.

12.   In the text box under MailTip, type This list includes contacts external to the company.

13.   Click Save.

How to Add multiple users with a CSV file to Office 365

Add multiple users with a CSV file:
You can add multiple user accounts to Office 365 at the same time with a CSV (comma-separated values) file.
1.      Click Admin > Office 365 > Users and groups.
2.      Click Bulk add 
3.      On the first page of the Bulk add users wizard, click download a sample CSV file.

4.      Open the file with notepad
5.      Change the user name of all the users from to (where yourdomain is the domain name you had created).
6.      Save the file.
7.       Now click next in the Bulk add users wizard and upload the file and click next
8.     Verify whether the check completes without any errors and click Next.

9.      In the Settings page, Select the User location and click next.

10.Assign the required licenses and Click Next

11. Click Create. 

You can assign the “password administrators” role to designated individuals. Password administrators can reset passwords but do not have the authority to make other changes in the Office 365 administration portal.