Microsoft Demo Environment

The last year i have been using demos.microsoft.com to create Office 365 demo tenants for workshops and speaker sessions. The page have recently gotten a huge facelift/upgrade, so i thought i woudl give you a short overview.

If you go to My Environments you now have two choices. Create a Tenant or Virtual Machine.

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We choose to create a tenant first. You can select Quick Tenant or 90 Day.
It does not say how long a Quick Tenant last, but my guess is 24 hours. We create a 90 day tenant, and select our region.

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You can choose from a wide variety of tenant content. Press Create Tenant on your choice of tenant type.
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Accept agreement, and the demo tenant completly populated with users will be provisonised.
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Now you should under My Environments get a box like this. Open to see your demo tenant username and password.

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Log in to Office 365 Admin Portal and confirm that your tenant is now created and populated.

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Now we are going to create a demo VM. Go back to My Environments and select Create a Virtual Machine. You can choose to create a Tenant-joined or Standalone VM. I you choose Tenant Joined, you get the option to create a Windows 10 Pro VM. If Standalone VM is selected, you get the option to choose from Windows 10 Pro and Windows Server 2016.

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We create a Tenant Joined VM. You need a Azure subscription. I created a trial subscription that gave me 200$ in credits for 30 days.  Enter subscription ID and press Grant Access.
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Press Create a Virtual Machine. Create a pin code.

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If you now go back to My Environments, you should see a computer icon on your demo tenant.
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Open it, and you should now see a Connect button, username and password for that VM.

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When Connect is pressed, a RDP file is downloaded.
Open it and connect.

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Log in with your VMs username and password.

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Remember to shut down the VM before disconnecting, as this uses from your Azure credits. Remember that it still consumes credits when powered down. Not that much, but a bit.

You can deleted the VM from demos.microsoft.com, but you cant boot it if its powered down. To power it on, you need to go to the Azure Portal.
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Thats it. You now have a easy to use demo environment. It even fill Teams with channels and content.

It is required to be a registered Microsoft partner to get access.

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