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Best practice for SBS 2011 using Office 365

We are moving the e-mail on a number of our SBS 2011 servers into the Cloud with Office 365.

What is the advice for dealing with the internal Exchange server which is theoretically no longer required. Can it be turned off? I ask first as SBS is highly intergrated.
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Jason CrawfordTransport NinjaCommented:
As long as you're not in a hybrid setup with Exchange Online it is safe to remove Exchange from SBS after the migration is 100% complete.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
Just to add to above, here's an article which I used to remove Exchange on SBS2011 from a client not too long ago.
Worked just fine.
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Olgierd UngehojerSenior Network AdministratorCommented:
If you have local domain xyz.local and you want to move users to Office 365, you can add your your external domain to your forest to trust.
Then you can sync your local DC with  Azure Domain controller and you will have all users from local server sync with Office 365.
By this way you will have all users deployed to Office 365 with the same passwords, if you will change passwords it will sync in both directions,
so you can change pwd in local AD or in Office 365 and you will have the same every where. Then you can setup access to emails office etc. what you want per user. Dns setup and you good to go, emails migration and mail transfer and disable local exchange. There is much more steps between but this how to do this. Depend on your internet connection speed email migration can take some time.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
Many thanks, I will work my way through these tomorrow to digest them fully.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi Ed,

If you go the whole hog and no longer have any on premise Exchange requirement, I strongly advise you NOT to uninstall Exchange 2010 from SBS2011.

Just disable it from starting up in services.

I have seen instances where un-installing Exchange caused problems and / or regrets later to no benefit.


Alan.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
That is what we have actually done (turned all Exchange services off).
The problem is that Exchange seems to be so intertwined into SBS that the errors messages in the log are legion relating to not being able to find Exchnage...
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Okay, but setting aside the error messages, what issues are you actually experiencing?

How are they manifesting?

Thanks,

Alan.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
For example when you use the WIndows SBS Console and make a change you get an error message. It appears to be innocuous, in the sense that the requested action seems to have taken. I might have had an issue deleting users. I'll check later.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
I agree that disabling Exchange from SBS fundamentally changes it.

I guess you might have to forego the console and manage it directly as you would a normal Windows server.

As a rule I would always recommend using the console / wizards for everything on SBS, but this might be an exception.

Alan.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
I will follow your advice - many thanks as always.
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edhastedAuthor Commented:
All these comments built up a comprehensive understanding of how to cope with an SBS server no longer using Exchange.....
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