Deliver amazing EMS demos, Part 1: Build your demo environment

Nick Johnson - Technology Solutions Professional, Azure and EMS

When I talk to partners that are building enterprise mobility practices, the common questions asked tend to center around two themes: setting up a demo environment for Enterprise Mobility + Security, and creating and conducting good EMS demos.

In this occasional blog series for Enterprise Mobility + Security Partners, I’ll share with you the resources you can use, and my tips and tricks, that will help you deliver powerful enterprise mobility demos to your customers.

Building your first EMS demo environment

You have a few options for building an EMS demo environment. I recommend Microsoft Demos.

Highlights of the Microsoft Demos site include:

  • 100-user Azure AD with EMS trial license and key features preconfigured
  • Office 365 E5 environment with trial license and demo-ready sample content (document libraries, emails, OneDrive contents, Yammer posts, etc.)
  • Microsoft Intune environment pre-populated with apps, policies, and “fake” pre-enrolled devices that you can also enroll real devices against
  • Azure RMS and Information Protection activated and preconfigured for key demo scenarios
  • Cloud App Security service provisioned with key activities

Sign in as a Microsoft Partner using your MPN credentials. From there, it’s just a few steps to create a fully provisioned EMS and Office 365 demo tenant. You can create up to six environments per account.

To get started, download the EMS Getting Started Guide, and complete the steps in the section, “Guidance for Microsoft Partner Users.” You’ll need to scroll down through the slides just a bit to get to this section. Read through, then follow the instructions on the slides in the Partner Users section titled with Step 1–4.

Tips for getting the best results

Here are a few things I have learned while performing these provisioning steps:

  • Don’t skip or change any steps, and when instructions say to create something new, do it.
  • Keep track of all your usernames and passwords. When following the instructions, you’ll create a few new accounts during this process – be sure write them down in a safe place.
  • Do not use accounts, subscriptions, or passwords here that you already use in any production systems.
  • The first time you create a tenant, use the quick create option. Once you become familiar with what the tenant includes you can come back and provision a custom tenant that fits your needs.
  • During the process, you can end up with several browser windows open and logged in with different accounts. Opening the browser windows as “InPrivate” can help make the process smoother.
  • Be patient at the end of Step 4 (Request your Quick Tenant with EMS Add-On). There will be a wait, and it may take up to 24 hours to fully provision.
  • Once Step 4 is completed, your Office 365 and EMS tenant will be up and running.

Watch a walkthrough of the EMS demo provisioning process on this on-demand partner community call.

If you encounter issues, refer to the Troubleshooting and Support slide at the end of the EMS Getting Started Guide.

Next up in this series

Look for my next post for tips about preparing the rest of the demo to make it really effective. If you want to start working on this now, review and follow the Step 5 slide in the EMS Getting Started Guide.

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