windows 2012 server local and office 365 in the cloud

we are looking to replace our sbs 2003 server. it currently runs our emails and file systems.

Could we purchase a new windows server 2012 as our local domain / file server and then sign up to office 365 so that we can migrate / move our email data to the office 365 system?

Would this work in the same way and reliably on the 7 office pcs that we have?

eg could internal office users share calendars etc if office 365 is in the cloud?

Is there anything else we would need to consider if we had all of of our core data locally on the windows server 2012 but the email hosted in the office 365 environement?

please advise

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes, this is a common deployment option and works as expected. You may also wish to consider 2012 Essentials (or soon, 2012 R2 with the essentials experience role) as it has a dashboard that offers even deeper office 365 integration for management.

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Yup, you can do exactly what you are describing.  Basically you are using Office 365 for Exchange cloud hosting and synchronizing your active directory with Microsoft's cloud service.

We use 365 and it has 99% of the features of a locally hosted Exchange server.  Of course the issue is that if the internet or Microsoft's service goes down then you are dead in the water.

Here's the link for the Office 36 5 deployment guide:
phoenix81Author Commented:
thanks for comments so far we are still testing this we shall report back on an update thank you again
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