128T optimizes Microsoft 365 sessions, allowing you to easily configure the associated services to be delivered using the recommended network connectivity principles. It uses an AppID module for automatic discovery of Microsoft 365 endpoints, and simple service definition.
Microsoft 365, or M365 is formerly known as Office 365, or O365.
To configure your router for Microsoft 365 you must enable the router for AppID module learning mode, create Microsoft 365 services, and define associated policies for access, security, and routing.
Enable Module Learning Mode
In the router configuration, enable module based application learning mode by adding
module to the "Application Identification" settings. 128T software installs a default AppID module for Microsoft 365 applications.
Once the module AppID learning mode is enabled, the router host will periodically connect to Microsoft's
https://endpoints.office.com web service to retrieve M365 endpoints. Ensure your router host is able to access the public web service using the Linux kernel route table.
Once module AppID learning mode has been enabled, the following application names will be automatically discovered (see Verifying Operation to confirm successful discovery):
|Microsoft 365 Common and Office Online|
|SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business|
|Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams|
Create one or more services configured for the module discovered application names.
With your services for Microsoft 365 added, the final step is to configure the services for which tenants can access Microsoft 365, security policies, routing, and optional service-policy.
Configure the security policy for the Microsoft 365 services.
Microsoft 365 services are designed for direct internet transport, with robust security and encryption built in to each application. As such, a security policy that disables router encryption is typically preferred.
Give the Microsoft 365 services appropriate service routes in your overall topology to designate possible routes.
In broadband connected branch router scenarios, the optimal route for M365 services will typically be directly out local broadband links. In this case, disabling the sharing of service-routes may be desirable in the service configuration.
By using service policy associated with your Microsoft 365 services, you can set how your network should treat sessions. This includes QoS, path selection, and failover behavior for Microsoft 365.
You can verify the discovery by checking the "Applications Seen" on the router page of the GUI, and using the
show application names in the PCLI.