Yammer and Office 365 Enterprise

If you are on the enterprise plans of Office 365 (E4 for example), your users may be eligible to use Microsoft’s enterprise social network called Yammer.  This article will cover a few questions I was curious about when rolling out Yammer as well as what to expect.

How do I tell if I am eligible?

  1. Login to the Office 365 admin portal (https://portal.microsoftonline.com)
  2. Click on included services on the dashboard
    Office 365 Portal - Included Services

How do I activate Yammer?

  1. If you are eligible for the Yammer service, click on the Yes, activate Yammer Enterprise for my network
    Office 365 Portal - Included Services
  2. Click on the Activate Yammer Enterprise button
    Office 365 - Activate Yammer Enterprise
  3. You will be redirected to a screen where you see a loading bar.  Grab a can of pop/coffee/tea/water and come back.
    Office 365 - Were activating Yammer Enterprise
  4. Click on the Create Yammer Account link once Yammer Enterprise has been provisioned.
    Office 365 - Yammer Enterprise is now ready
  5. Type in the same email address you use for your Office 365 Admin credentials
    Sign Up for Yammer
  6. If successful, you should see the screen below:
    Yammer - Thank you for signing up
  7. Check your email and click on the Complete Signup button
    Yammer Activation Email
  8. Type in your information and click the Next button
    Yammer - Welcome to the network
  9. Click Next on the who do you work with page, or spam your colleagues to sign up as well.
    Yammer - Who do you work with
  10. Join or create any groups you would like and then click Next
    Yammer - Join Relevant Groups
  11. Optionally, add a profile picture and click Save & Continue
    Yammer - Add your profile photo
  12. Click on the 3 dots in the top right corner and select Network AdminYammer - Network Admin
  13. Welcome to your Yammer Enterprise Admin portal!  Here you can manage all aspects of Yammer for your organization.
    Yammer - Network Admin - Dashboard
  14. Lastly, if you go back to your Office 365 Admin portal, you should see a link that will redirect you to the Yammer.com website.
    Office 365 - Admin - Yammer

FAQ

Does Yammer support single-sign on or ADFS?

Currently, Yammer does not support this integration at this time.

Will Yammer find users previously signed up with email addresses from @mydomain.com?

Yes

Does Microsoft have plans on continuing to integrate Yammer and Office 365?

Yes, Microsoft has announced they would like deeper integration with Office 365, more specifically with functionality in SharePoint.  Quarter 4 of this year (2013) was their deadline for the first integration, and we have seen they have started to deliver.  However, there are no specific dates yet of when users will be 100% synchronized between the two systems.

When I activate Yammer on Office 365 for my organization will it email all of my users to create profiles?

No, they will have to manually join or you will have to manually send them invites to create a separate Yammer account.

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