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I don't have Office 365 or Azure account

Nerdio for Azure (NFA) must be connected to an Office 365 account and an Azure subscription. There are certain minimum requirements for both (Office365 and Azure) accounts. See below for more details and how to sign up for the accounts.

Office 365

Due to Microsoft licensing requirements, NFA will work with Office 365 Enterprise accounts only. You can use an existing Office 365 account or sign up for a new account. Click here to sign up for a free trial of Office 365 E3 account.

Note that the Office 365 account must have one available license.


Servers, desktops, backups, etc. are all hosted in Azure. Specifically in a subscription, preferably an empty one. And in Resource Group under that subscription. In summary, you must have -

  1. An Azure account. You can sign up for a free Azure account. However, keep in mind Azure limits how many cores are available in an account. Free accounts come with four cores, which works for Nerdio Professional. Nerdio Enterprise requires seven cores. You must upgrade to a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) Azure account to take advantage of Nerdio's Enterprise offering.
  2. A subscription, preferably empty. Your brand new Azure account typically includes an empty subscription. Don't have an empty subscription? Create a new subscription here.
  3. A resource group. Nerdio will create one for you automatically, all you have to do is decide if you like the default name "NerdioRG" or you want to give it another name.
bulletpoint Signing up for a new Azure account? It's best if you use an existing Office 365 login. This will ensure you are using a tenant-based account (*, not a personal account.
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