Moving from Exchange 2010 to Office 365

There are a lot of articles on the Internet on how to create a hybrid environment, where Exchange 2016 is connected to Office 365. Now that’s fine, but when you’re running Exchange 2016 you most like are NOT going to move to Office 365 anytime soon I guess. If you are running Exchange 2010 chances are that you will move to Office 365 (soon), but there aren’t that much articles about moving from Exchange 2010 to Office 365. And a lot of the articles available don’t have the right approach I’m afraid, and will result in you (the customer) having to pay way too much money to your system integrator.

In this article, I’ll try to outline the recommended approach when moving from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 in a hybrid scenario. With Azure AD Connect for synchronization purposes. Cliffhanger: I’m not going to install Exchange 2016 into the existing Exchange 2010 environment Smile

Existing Exchange environment

Our organization is called Inframan and they have their own on-premises Exchange 2010 environment which they have been running for 5 years now without too much issues. There are internal Outlook clients using Outlook 2010 and higher, and there are external clients using Outlook Anywhere. There are also mobile clients using ActiveSync to connect to their Mailboxes. Of course, there is Outlook Web Access, but POP3 and IMAP4 are not used.

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Figure 1. Overview of the Inframan Exchange 2010 environment.

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Disable automatic forwarding in Office 365

By default automatic forwarding and automatic replies of email messages is turned on in Exchange Online (Office 365). You can turn this of in the Exchange Admin Center of Exchange Online (https://outlook.office.com/ecp).

Logon using your tenant administrator, select mail flow in the navigation menu and select the remote domains tab.

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Open the Default remote domain and deselect the Allow automatic replies and Allow automatic forwarding checkboxes under Automatic replies.

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When you click Save automatic forwarding and automatic replies will be turned off in your Office 365 tenant. Please be aware that it can take some time before the settings becomes active (I think due to replication issue).

I’m speaking at IT/Dev Connections 2017

The IT/Dev Connections 2017 takes place in San Francisco from October 23-26. IT/Dev Connections is a highly technical and non blahblah event, delivered by professionals for professionals. To give you an idea, this is the only event (I think) that has no keynote sessions, just a small talk 5 minutes before the welcome drink on the first day of the event.

There are five technical tracks:

  • Cloud and Datacenter.
  • Data platform & business intelligence.
  • Enterprise Collaboration.
  • Enterprise Management, Mobility and Security.
  • Development and DEVOPS.

I’ve submitted a couple of sessions (surprisingly in the Enterprise Collaboration track) and I’m happy to announce two sessions were selected:

  • High Availability in a Microsoft federated infrastructure –
    October 25, 9:15 AM
  • Message Security – Is this legitimate email or not? –
    October 26, 8:30 AM

If you’d like to join me and other already confirmed speakers like Bert Wolters and Sander Berkouwer, use the following link to register!

The last 15 editions the event took place in Las Vegas, this is the first time it is NOT in Las Vegas but in San Francisco, in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Want to know more? Any ideas or feedback? Just leave a comment below or drop me an email. I’m looking forward to see you all again in San Francisco!

Setting Calendar permissions right after mailbox creation

Customer is running Exchange 2013 with approx. 2500 mailboxes. When looking at calendars and sharing information through the availability service only the availability (free, busy or tentative) is shown. No details are shown by default.

Customer now request to publish more information so that users that want to schedule a meeting can see the details of other user’s appointments. This should not only be configured for existing users, but new users should receive this setting directly when provisioned.

For example, when configuring this for a user called Kim Akers (kima@exchangelabs.nl) for all users you can use the following Exchange PowerShell command:

Set-MailboxFolderPermission kima:\Calendar -User Default -AccessRights Reviewer

When scheduling a meeting with Kim Akers I can now see her appointment details in Outlook, and I can open the appointment to see all details (read-only) of this appointment as shown in the following two screenshots:

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Note. Check the Set-MailboxFolderPermission article on Microsoft TechNet for all details regarding the permissions that can be assigned.

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DKIM in Office 365

Microsoft has implemented DKIM, DMARC and SPF in Exchange Online, the only thing you have to do is enable it. The only thing for DKIM you have to do is create two CNAME records in DNS and enable DKIM in the Exchange Admin Center.

DKIM CNAME records

The CNAME records you have to create for DKIM look like this:

selector1._domainkey.contoso.com
selector2._domainkey.contoso.com

Selector1 and selector 2 are the 2 selector tags (in Office 365 these will always be selector1 and selector2), the _domainkey is a default tag that will be added. Of course you have to replace the contoso.com with your own domain.

The CNAME records have to point to the following locations:

selector1-contoso-com._domainkey.contoso.onmicrosoft.com
selector2-contoso-com._domainkey.contoso.onmicrosoft.com

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