Office 365 mailbox inside Windows Terminal Server

Hello,

I am wondering if anyone knows if this works.

Is it possible to install a "farm" of 4 Terminal servers with network stored roaming profiles, outlook 2010 and use Office 365 mailboxes? I presume non-cached mode is the optimum solution when roaming, but does this work at all & would it be fast enough?

Any experiences?

thanks
josef
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
Well seems that they now allow Office Pro Plus to be installed on a virtual desktop:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg998766.aspx#Virtual

One license per user though, and if you want RDS you need volume licensing. More details here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2013/03/19/office-365-pro-plus-and-rds-ts-installation.aspx

And the software requirements document still states that they do not support TS on 2008/RDS on 2008 R2:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/office365-suite-help/software-requirements-for-office-365-for-business-HA102817357.aspx

(Which has always been the case, you could've run it on TS previously with VL Office, but if there was any issue you were on your own. Not sure if the policy is changed now that they allow it or its simply not updated in the document)



Anyway, using Online mode will be a pain for the users, especially the ones with large mailboxes or additional (shared/room/delegate) mailboxes. But it can work for you.
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joebilekAuthor Commented:
Thanks, So : Running outlook in non-cached mode in Terminal Servers connected with Office 365 hosted mailboxes is not supported?

Is there any work-around? I think I´ve read about it being possible to install a Exchange server inside the LAN connected as a sub-server with Office 365 hosting mailboxes and replicating them online ?
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
Not sure, I can guarantee you that previously it was not supported, but as I mentioned in the previous post there are few documents mentioning that it is supported. You will probably not like the licensing requirements though :)

In any case, best contact your MS partner or Microsoft support directly.
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joebilekAuthor Commented:
Seems very difficult to get answers about this. Its not actually an licensing question, just if outlook can run in online mode inside a TS session and connect to Exchange online?
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
It can, and it is the preferred way of configuring it (from admin point).
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joebilekAuthor Commented:
Hi again, Sorry about the many questions. Ive got a terminal server with outlook and and Office 365 account. When trying to connect multiple outlook users/profiles over internet with mailbox in Office 365 could create a lot of traffic and/or become slow - any thoughts on this?

Josef
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
As mentioned before, best solution for such scenario is to use Online mode. Not only you will face bandwidth issues with cached profiles, you will probably also run into disk space/performance issues. Of course it depends on many factors and the design you choose.

If you decide to go with cached mode, make sure to configure some strict archiving policies to bring down the size of the mailbox to as small as possible. Or configure synchronization filters to cache only the most recent messages.
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joebilekAuthor Commented:
I tested this now and this is not usable, even with one user in TS vs Exchange online is very slow. So simply, this should not be recommended to any customer in my opinion. Vasilcho, appreciate your ideas surrounding this.
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