UPDATE #2: Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant–NOW KNOWN AS MEC

Bryan Von Axelson 2010

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Wanted to provide an update to what was originally called – Office 365 Demo Provisioning Toolkit – See original post here

The team recently upgraded the original toolkit to now be part of the Microsoft Experience Center or MEC -

Please see POST - http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/01/get-demoing-office-365.aspx


 Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant, some of the Updates include:

-          No installation necessary, ClickOncetechnology is used to run the Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant from the cloud.

-          Bring Your Own Tenant – partners can refresh their current extended trial with new content and as we add more content, they will be able to stay up-to-date without having to create and extend new tenants

-          Email Notifications – as it is now all run from the cloud, you do not have to have the client running while provisioning is happening.  You can start the process and go on about your business, we will email you when it starts and when it completes.

-          Word and OneNote documentation for partners who prefer one over the other.

Plus all the things that were there before:


Quickly create an Office 365 trial tenant with demonstration data


Auto-Provisioning of Users, Email, Calendar, SharePoint Sites, Lync Profiles, Customization.  Everything you need out-of-the-box to do demos.


90 Minutes+ of fully guided demonstration content and script broken out into easy to consume scenarios of productivity.


Technical setup and configuration documentation

Deliver rich demonstrations to your customers across all of the Office 365 products and services.

- Accelerate the sales process by giving your customer an Office 365 experience focusing on the future of productivity

Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant

Replication of a fully built out a demo environment on Office 365 in less than an hour:

  • Personas
    • GAL Info, Hierarchy, and Lync Pictures
  • Email & Calendar
    • Emails between the teams of personas, demo topics relating to SharePoint
  • SharePoint Online
    • Sites and Subsites
    • Mysites and Profiles
  • Services Showcase
    • Excel Services
    • Visio Services
    • Infopath


Comments (11)

  1. I saw the webcast, great work.  However I'm having some issues using it myself.  It begins to run –> I click Create or Reprovision –> But then when I click next… it says "Office 365 Demo Provisioning Assistant – BYOT has stopped working"

    Have you heard of anyone else getting this error?

  2. Andrea says:

    YES! I'm having this exact error and I can't figure out what to do about it. Don't see anyone else mentioning it anywhere. I really need to get this working… Please HELP!

  3. Zrinko says:

    I am also getting the same error. On multiple machines too..

  4. VB says:

    When I try to create a new tenant in the installation I keep getting the error below

    "There was an error creating the office 365 tenant.Please check that address information is correct"

    I am filling in my personal email address and a dummy domain. Any ideas why it throws me out?

  5. ND says:

    Hi guys any progress on this? I am having the same issue.

    There was an error creating the office 365 tenant. This is due to either the service being unavailable or an unknown error. Please try again later.

  6. Bruce says:

    Do we know when the solution will create a 2013 solution?

  7. Rich says:

    Any updates here? this is happening on all systems I attempt this on. looks to be .net related

  8. Rich says:

    Uninstalled and re-installed .net issue still remains, attempted with both IE9 and IE10 and issue still remains

  9. Kevin D. (MSFT) says:

    While i can't tell you anything about a fix. you can use microsoftofficedemos.com as a temporary solution to create office 365 Demos.


  10. alex says:

    Hello guys. I had same problem with demo creation. If I changed tenant name it is now working. Do not use dot in name "." before ".microsoftonline.com", hope it helps somebody..

  11. Tim R. says:

    I concur with Alex on April 28. I had the same issue with "There was an error creating the Office 365 tenant. This is due to either the service being unavailable, or an unknown error. Please try again later." Once you get that, change the tenant name and
    click "create demo" again. It works.

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