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Hosted Exchange and SBS 2008

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I have a customer who currently has an SBS 2008 server with all users and mailboxes. They are looking to move away from the internal exchange server and use a hosted exchange setup. I haven't seen any good documentation on how to accomplish this. I can move MX records but I'm guessing the SBS exchange server will confilict with the Hosted exchange server when the clients attempt to connect with Outlook. What should I look out for? Will updates to the server cause problems down the road?
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The short answer is SBS is designed to run as a suite of products in concert. All of the features are built around this. If you are under 25 users, I'd recommend migrating to SBS 2011 Essentials (no Exchange is in Essentials, so no conflict) and if you are over 25 users then I'd look at migrating to a standalone 2008 R2 domain infrastructure. Either way I wouldn't stay on SBS where Exchange is not going to be used. It is *possible* to do so, but maintaining the server and making things work takes so many human resources that the reduced ROI eventually pays for the cost of the new standalone license and CALs.

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I was hoping not to mess with migrating any SQL databases and line of business programs they had installed prior to taking over this account.. The cost of migrating to hosted exchange might be too much vs the cost of adding spam filtering and archiving.

The reason he's considering it was large snow storm just knocked out 70% of the state's power and he was down for a day.

btw he has less than 15 users on the server.  
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SBS Essentials could be a good fit then.

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