The web management interface of P (Small Business and Small Business Premium) subscription is based on more simplified interface and include by default, very limited set of menus and option for managing the different Office 365 service.
Exchange Online management interface
In Office 365, the management of Exchange Online is implemented by using a web-based interface that describes as: EAC (Exchange admin center).
No Exchange admin interface for me?
The funny (or strange) thing is that by default, P (Small Business and Small Business Premium) subscription don’t have a menu for the ECP web management. For P subscription, the only way is to: use a little trick by “re-edit” the default portal URL and, by doing so, get access to the ECP interface.
For example, let’s compare between the admin interfaces of P subscription verses E\M subscription
Use the following URL address
In the following screenshot, we can see the E\M subscription admin interface. The “entrance” to the different management options is by using the “Admin” menu. When choosing the admin menu, all of the available options (such as Exchange Online or SharePoint Online) appears.
In the following screenshot, we can see the P subscription admin interface. When choosing the “Admin” menu nothing happened. In other words, the administrator doesn’t have access to services such as Exchange Online but instead, a very limited set of option in the main page.
The “trick” (edit the URL address)
The good news is that in reality, the P subscription administrator can access the Exchange admin center (EAC) by using the following steps:
Step 1: Log in to Office 365 portal
Login to Office 365 portal and in the menu bar chose the menu: Outlook
Step 2: Edit OWA (Outlook) URL
In the following screenshot we can see the default OWA (Outlook) URL.
To access the Exchange admin center (EAC), we need to edit the default URL address by implementing the following step:
In the browser address bar select the URL address starting from “OWA” until the end and replace the URL by adding the folder name: ECP
(Add the ECP folder name “after” the FQDN name of the mail server. ECP stand for: Exchange control panel)
In the following screenshot we can see the “New URL” that include the Exchange Online server name (pod51050.Outlook.com in our example) and the folder name: ECP.
Step 3 – Access\use the ECP
Press the “ENTER” key and… voilà!
We can use the EAC (Exchange admin center) 🙂
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