Overview: Dev/Test Tenant in Microsoft 365 Enterprise

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If someone tells you they are working in their “dev tenancy,” they are likely referring to the individual development “sandbox” they were given as part of the Microsoft 365 developer program.

You’ll have a tenant as the global admin and Microsoft Office 365 E5 trial tenant to build and test scenarios.

25 E5 licenses are enough to connect Microsoft 365 tenant tools (SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, Outlook, Excel etc.

) into “customer” solutions. “Construct it in production” is invasive and can have severe consequences.

The opportunity to fully develop and test your answers in a “safe area” is substantial and can enable you to try things you wouldn’t if you feared knocking down production.

What is Test Office 365 Tenant and how they relate to Azure

When developing on the cloud, developers lose some control over the “server.” Many people know that Azure provides various cloud-based services to restore the automation situations we abandoned while moving away from “on-prem.”

Each Microsoft 365 tenant, including your fresh new bright dev tenant, has its own corresponding Azure Active Directory (AAD). The first time you access Azure, you’ll need to do it with a global administrator account for your development tenancy. After you’ve created your Azure account, you’ll need to link your Azure Active Directory instance to a Subscription for your development tenant. In doing so, you’re modeling the vast majority of actual production conditions.

An Azure subscription can be quickly reassigned if you already have one and are using it for development, but it isn’t connected to your dev tenant.

Read here to know more about Test Tenants in Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise

Compare and contrast Customer Digital Transform tenants with Dev tenants

  • It’s possible that the distinction between “dev tenants” and “Customer Digital Transform tenants” will be lost on specific readers. You can set up the latter as a Microsoft 365 tenant if you’re involved in selling or consulting for Microsoft 365 clients. These tenants are invaluable because they provide a fully functional demonstration environment in which you can quickly and easily explain the many ways in which
  • Microsoft 365 may meet the demands of a particular customer. However, these renters only stay put for a short period (often between three months and a year), and then they are decommissioned and can never be rehired. You can install and develop inside one of these demo tenants because they are fully functional, but just like in Cinderella, when your hour is up, it’s over! As we mentioned before, development tenants will be automatically renewed every 90 days if they are being used.

Dev Tenants are also great for solving issue tickets from Support

This is because Dev Tenants have access to the same tools and resources as the support team. This means that when clients have an issue, they can log it into the system Support uses to track their tickets. The development team can then find better, faster solutions to their problems.


The Dev Tenant is a perfect middle ground for any designer or business that wants to get in on the action of app development but doesn’t have the technical skills or the legal team required to make and sell an app.

You can provision a Microsoft 365 tenant by visiting Simeon Cloud and clicking on “Request Demo.”