In working on one of my upcoming articles, I captured the steps to activate a domain registered through GoDaddy.com to your Office 365 subscription. This will serve as a reference to that article when it comes out. Since Microsoft and GoDaddy have a partnership, adding a domain is incredibly simple. A wizard walks you through the process of confirming that you own the domain name. It will even update DNS records for you automatically.
Start by going to your Office 365 admin center and click on the DOMAINS link. Click the Add domain link to get started.
When you click Add domain, it takes you to a screen that explains the steps to you. Click Start step 1 to get started.
Next, we need to enter the name of our domain.
Office 365 will detect that your domain has been registered through GoDaddy. When you click Confim ownership, it will then prompt you to sign in with your GoDaddy account. Enter your credentials to continue.
As an alternative you can always perform the steps manually but it may take several days to complete as you wait for DNS entries to propagate.
Next, you will need to grant Office 365 permission to modify your domain. Click the Accept button.
Finally Office 365 will confirm that you own the domain name.
When you finish, Office 365 will prompt you about how you want to add users from this domain. For today’s article, we’ll just skip this step.
This will then mark off Step 2 as complete. Click Start step 3 to specify its purpose and configure DNS entries.
On this screen, you’ll choose whether you want to use this domain with Exchange and Lync. Select the appropriate checkboxes and click Next.
Normally this would mean creating DNS entries manually for things like your MX record, but Office 365 will configure all of your DNS entries at GoDaddy for you. Click Set up records to proceed.
When it completes, you will get a confirmation screen with the records it configured for you.
At this point you are done. You may need to wait for some DNS entries to propagate but you can soon use all that Office 365 has to provide with your newly added domain.