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SBS2011 Standard w/Google Apps Premium... Exchange Issues?

I am looking to installing a new file server for a growing client and would like to take advantage of some of the features of SBS 2011, especially the RWW. I understand that Exchange MUST be installed with SBS 2011 and that is where I feel I will run into issues. I currently run them on Google Apps for Business Premium and I am NOT interested in switching them to running in-house Exchange on SBS2011. My question is, can SBS1011 and Google Apps Premium co-exist without much to-do? I am worried about running into conflicts with the google outlook sync software, and exchange profile that SBS will add, and I am afraid if I remote there exchange profile that it will cause other issues.

Has anyone ever used SBS and google apps?

Also, I am aware of SBS2011 Essentials but fear of conflict with the Office360, as well as the 25 User Cap.

Looking forward to hearing your experience/opinions.

Worst Case, I go w/2008 R2.
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
You can install Exchange on the SBS server without using it.  Keep Google Apps for Business as it is; let folks access and use it as they due today.  If you don't route email to the Exchange server, or connect client apps to it, than it will sit there idle.

No need to sync.  Let SBS do what it needs to do for account management.   No mailflow through Exchange, no worries, no syncing issues, etc.

And, if you have Outlook on the desktop, keep it pointed to Google Apps.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
SBS is designed as a suite, not just a collection of products. Running SBS without exchange causes grief for almost everyone who tries it. Everything from autodiscover resetting outlook profiles, even when you try to keep them pointed at google apps, to reporting emails never getting delivered (because they expect exchange to be used) and the risk of every patch breaking things...

In short, if you don't want exchange, don't use SBS STANDARD.

Essentials is potentially a fit. There would be no conflict with O365, as essentials is not tied to it out of the box. Any O365 integration will be done as an optional add-in, and even that is not out yet. But when it is released, again, it'll be an add-in, not required, thus no conflict.

So it really comes down to users. Less than 25, go with SBSE. More than 25, look at adding multiple storage server essentials boxes (also has RWA, 25 users per SSE box) or setting up an RDGateway server with RD CALs. Either way, SBS standard is A poor fit.

-Cliff
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worklessdomoreAuthor Commented:
Cliff.

Allen, that sounds wonderful on paper, but I'm pretty sure its not that simple in a real environment. Im going to have go agree with Cliff as it's pretty pretty much what I gathered on my own, but I really needed a to hear to from someone else to confirm my suspicions.

Thanks guys
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worklessdomoreAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for worklessdomore's comment http:/Q_27424961.html#37067852

for the following reason:

confirms my suspicions
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Even if you suspected the answer, you chose to ask an my answer is accurate by your own admission. Closing the question without accepting an answer from people that took time to confirm your suspicions is just not right.
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worklessdomoreAuthor Commented:
Im confused... I thought I awarded you the points, accepted the answer and gave you an A! I dont know what happend but I was certainly grateful and assure you it was a mistak
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worklessdomoreAuthor Commented:
confirms my suspicions, thanks!
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
No worries. Thank you for addressing my objection so quickly.
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Akash BansalIT ProfessionalCommented:
I am using SBS with exchange along with google apps.
we fetch emails using pop3 & all the users use outlook.
 
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
If you use Google Apps Sync for MS Office from Outlook to Google Apps, whether or not Exchange is installed on the SBS server is irrelevant with respect to email.

Outlook will see Google Apps as the "exchange" server via MAPI and will not communicate with SBS at all.



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