We recently migrated from an on premise Exchange 2003 server to Office 365 Exchange online plan P1. A dirsync server (installed on Windows 2012 server) was installed in order to synchronize the AD structure with the cloud).
The environment consists of Windows 2003 Active directory.
Exchange 2003 system manager was installed on one of the domain controllers in order to manage the former on premise Exchange 2003 server.
Migrationwiz was used to migrate the on premise exchange system to the cloud.
I have the following questions concerning managing the new environment:
1. What is the default logon for office 365 ? When I configured Outlook 2010 for integration with Office 365, the logon name is now the user's email address, where before it was the username. Is this expected behaviour or can it be configured to use the username instead of email address (in our 2003 AD structure, the value for username is different from email address)
2. Does a plugin like exchange system manager exist for managing Exchange in the cloud? For example, on the DC where exchange 2003 system manager is installed, there is an Exchange advance tab. On this tab I can hide the account from the global address book (for Exchange 2003). This option is available in Office365 portal. When I click in the office 365 portal to hide from global address book, the system saves I have to do so in the local AD structure. How can this be done?
3. Account creation- I have been told that when creating a new user, I need to create the user first through the office office 365 portal, assign an exchange license. Once complete I can then create the account in AD 2003. The account creation must be followed in this sequence in order to properly create a new user. These instructions seem odd. Is there not a better way to go about this? If I create the user in AD first, dirsync synchronizes with the cloud and the logon name is the username. One cannot access the email in the cloud.
4. Shared mailboxes - can either be set by logging into the outlook 2010 profile for specific account and granting access rights. The rights are then replicated to the cloud. There are options for directly managing these rights in the cloud, but they do not seem to have any effect
If someone can assist me with these questions, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.