How to Setup SharePoint Online for Hands On Labs

How to setup up a end user SharePoint site for hands on labs.

Option 1 – Use Office 365 SharePoint Online Trial


  • Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Office 2013 Pro (included as part of the trial) or Office Web Apps

Setup Steps:

    1. Sign up for Office 365 Enterprise Trial
      • Please write down your user name and password
      • The default domain for users is You can add your own domain later.
    2. Create sample users
      • Go to Office 365 Admin Center > Users and Groups
      • Create user: Dave Green
      • Create user: Lucy Smith
    3. Find root private site collection
      • From anywhere in Office 365, go to Admin > SharePoint > Site Collections
      • Under site collections, identity the root site collection (example:
      • Go to the site collection and make sure to add site collection URL to Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer.
    4. Rename root site collection to “ABC University”
      • On the home page of your new site collection, click on “Your Site, Your Brand” image
      • In Site Settings Title, Description, and Logo page, change Title to “ABC University”
      • Click OK
    5. Create sites from templates
        • Activate site collection SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure and Workflows features. Settings > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Site Collection Features
        • Download Courses and Chemistry 101 templates (Internet Explorer will rename the files to .zip. Rename it back to .wsp)-Authorized Users Only
        • Upload site templates to Solutions gallery and activate them. Settings > Site Settings > Web Designer Galleries > Solutions
        • Create a sub site called “Courses” based on “Courses” template.
          • On the home page of ABC University, go to Settings > Site Settings > Look and Feel > Navigation. InGlobal Navigation, click on Show Subsites checkbox. Click OK.
          • in the Quick Launch Bar on the left, click on Site Contents.
          • In Subsites section, click on new subsite. You should now be within the New SharePoint Site page where you specify a title, site url, and access permissions.
          • In the Title text box, enter “Courses”. In the URL Name textbox, enter “courses”.
          • In Template Selection, select Custom > Courses
          • For Navigation Inheritance, click Yes
          • Click on Create at the bottom of the page. Once the process completes, you should be on the home page of the Courses site.
        • Create a sub site called “Chemistry 101” based on “Chemistry 101” template inheriting the top link navigation. Change Navigation setting to show sub sites at Courses.
        • We recommend creating the two site structure for every user that completes the course. Your URL structure might look something like this:
        • /courses-tom/
        • /courses-tom/chem101
        • /courses-kim/
        • /courses-kim/chem101
      • Alternatively, you can create a site collection for every user that will complete the course.
    6. Download sample documents(Authorized Users Only)
  1. Grant each user Edit permission level within the respective site

Option 2 – Use Your Environment

This option is similar to Office 365

Setup Steps:

  1. Decide whether you will use a separate site collection for every user
  2. In Central Administration, create a site collection with “ABC University” title and “Team Site” template
  3. Follow steps from above starting with Create sites from templates

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