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Windows Live Admin Center Co-brand Tool User Guide

Windows Live Admin


Center Co-brand Tool
User Guide Version 1.0

(November 16, 2007)

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Document Information
Owner: Sarah Goodman
Location: N/A
Status: external/release to partners

Document Revision History


Date Version Author Description Approval
11/16/2007 1.0 RyanA initial draft yes

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Contents
Windows Live Admin Center Co-brand Tool User Guide Version 1.0 ............................1
(November 16, 2007)...........................................................................................1
Overview.............................................................................................................5
Document Scope.............................................................................................5
Getting Started....................................................................................................6
Login ............................................................................................................6
Select your Brand .........................................................................................10
Select a Language.........................................................................................11
The Tool’s Features ............................................................................................12
Tutorial: make, save, preview, view and publish a change..................................12
FAQs.................................................................................................................23

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Overview

Document Scope
The purpose of this document is to introduce and present a hands on walk through of
the features of the Windows Live Admin Center Co-brand Tool.
This user guide is for Microsoft partner IT professionals, business and administrative
personal with basic end user experience with Windows Operating Systems, Internet
Explorer web browser and instant messaging and e-mail applications. Familiarity with
Windows Live services such as Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces will be an advantage.

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Getting Started

Login
1. Go to the Windows Live Admin Center website pictured below:
https://domains.live.com/default.aspx
Note: If your organization does not have credentials, then please contact the ED desk:
ed-desk@microsoft.com

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2. Click on the Sign in command button. This should take you to the Windows Live ID
login page pictured below.

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3. Enter your password and sign in by clicking the Sign in command button.
Note: For the purposes of this user guide we have created the fictional Windows Live ID
“u007@edubrandadmin.com.” You should see your Windows Live ID user name followed
by “@hotmail.com.”

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4. If sign in is successful, then you should once again see the Windows Live Admin
Center website pictured below. However, now you will notice a new command button
entitled “Manage my co-branding” available at the bottom of the web page.
Click the Manage my co-branding command button at the bottom of the web page.

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Select your Brand


1. Select the hyperlink with the name of the brand you want to manage.
Note: For the purposes of this user guide we have created the fictional brand name
“UOO7.” You should see your organization’s name.

2. Familiarize yourself with the tool’s user interface. When you are ready proceed to the
next section.

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Select a Language
1. If you want to use the default language (English), then proceed to the next section in
this document. If you want to choose another language, then click the “Change”
hyperlink, which offers a variety of languages to choose from.

2. Choose a language from the drop down list box.


Click the OK command button.

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The Tool’s Features

Tutorial: make, save, preview, view and publish a change


The prerequisite for this tutorial is successful completion of the tasks explained in the
Getting Started section of this document.
1. Click the “Header and footer” hyperlink.
Note: For this tutorial we will use the “Header and footer” hyperlink. At the end of the
tutorial you will be able to make a change using the “Hotmail” hyperlink.

Selecting the “Header and footer” hyperlink takes you to a new web page. You will now
see a user interface that offers several options to customize your organization’s end
user user interface.
Note: For the purposes of this user guide we will make, save, preview and view one
change. You will have the option to publish your change if you wish. Having gone
through the change process once, you should then be able to make any further changes
on your own.
Next we will go through the steps involved in making a change to your logo. Making a
change will always involve the same sequence of events:
1. Make the change and save

2. Return to the co-brand page (pictured above) by selecting the “Co-branding” hyperlink

3. Click the Preview changes command button

4. Select the “Preview” hyperlink (Note: A new browser window will open. If your changes are not visible,
then wait several minutes and refresh the new browser window to see your changes. After previewing
your changes close the new browser window.)

5. From the co-brand page click the Publish to the web command button

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2. Under the “Provide your logo” heading, click the Browse command button. A Choose
file dialog box will appear.
Note: You should look through the folders on your computer for the file that contains
the logo you want to upload. Please be aware that the file properties must be adhered
to or the file will not upload.

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3. Select the file that you want to upload. Click the Open command button.
Note: For the purposes of this user guide we have created the fictional “red logo.PNG”
file. You should see your organization’s custom branded logo file.

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4. Look at the text box immediately to the left of the Browse command button. You
should now see the file path to your logo in the text box.

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5. Click the Save command button at the bottom of the screen.

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6. If your file save was successful, then you should see your organization’s logo. For
example, below you see the “red logo.PNG” image was saved successfully as indicated
by the red rectangle. (circled)
Note: If you see an error message, please verify that the file properties are within
acceptable parameters. Once the file properties are within acceptable parameters,
reload your file again and save.

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7. Your logo is saved and ready for preview. The purpose of a preview is to view a
change in the end user user interface. (So far we’ve been looking at only the tool’s user
interface) To do so, you will need to return to the co-brand page.
Click the “Co-branding” hyperlink in the left navigation bar. (circled)

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8. Click the Preview changes command button.


Note: You will not see anything, but this command runs a computer program that
prepares your change to be viewed in the end user user interface.

9. Click the “Preview” hyperlink. (circled) A new browser window will open.

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10. The new browser window is the end user user interface. For the purposes of this
user guide the red rectangle (circled) is visible in the upper-left corner of the web page
header. You should see your organization’s custom branded logo. After viewing your
changes close the new browser window.
Note: If your changes are not visible, then wait several minutes and refresh the new
browser window to see your changes.

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11. When you are satisfied with your changes click the Publish to the web command
button.
Note: Please be aware that clicking the Publish to the web command button will
change the end user user interface of your organization’s domain.
If you do not want to publish the change, then you can continue and make another
change or simply sign out.

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12. To continue making changes, click the “Header and footer” hyperlink. Or you may
make a change using the “Hotmail” hyperlink as well.

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FAQs
Q: I’ve saved my change. The new browser window opens. Why can’t I see my change?
A: Wait several minutes and refresh the new browser window. The preview function
may take up to 5 minutes to finish.

Q: I was satisfied with the preview of my change. I’ve just published my change. Why
can’t I see the change in the end user user interface?
A: You can publish changes as often as you like; however, it takes 24 hours for a
change to be completed.

Q: My organization’s logo will not upload. I keep getting an error message.


A: Please verify the file properties are within acceptable parameters. [File type: PNG /
Maximum height (px): 21 / Maximum width (px): 93 / Maximum size (kb): 11] Once the
file properties are within acceptable parameters, reload your file again: save, preview,
view and publish.

Q: My Windows Live menu links appear fine. But why won’t the links work when I click
on them?
A: Where you made the change please double check the URL address for accuracy:
save, preview, view and publish.

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