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    Redirecting emails from old provider to Office 365

    This might sound simple, and indeed it appears to be, but I am having trouble redirecting emails to my new Office 365 account.

    Our schools old email provider supplied us with Exchange based emails which I could access either via OWA or full Outlook. In my old email I have deleted all of my pre-existing rules (no longer needed) and created one single all-encompassing rule which should redirect all incoming email to my new O365 account.

    However, it is only working from email sent from our old email addresses, any external-to-company emails are not being redirected at all. I can find no errors and nothing being blocked in the O365 filtering.

    Am I missing something obvious - like this is expected behaviour?

    If I modify the rule to Forward instead of Redirect it works - but the downside is I can no longer see the original senders email address to be able to reply to them!.

    Any clues???

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    The email will be rejected by Microsofts servers because it's not coming from the original senders servers or an accepted relay server. Security or you could pretend to be any email address.

    But mail from your old server with the old email address will get through because it is an excepted server to be sending from that particular email address.

    What you need to do is add the IP address of your old exchange server to the list of excepted mail relay servers allowed to relay all mail to your 365 setup.

    This I think is done as an admin in Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) as part of your 365 setup.

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    That sounds like it might be it - but how the bleep do I get into the FOPE admin centre???? Also, does anybody know where I set this once I'm in?

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    OK, its no longer FOPE but EOP.

    I have gone under the Exchange Admin Center --> Protection -- Connection Filter and added the single public facing IP address of our old mail server. It still isn't working

    Am I in the right place? I need a 365 guru to help!!!!! @jamesbmarshall -- thoughts?

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    Knowing we're using the same LEA system @themightymrp. Which IP are you putting into your connection filter? Our email is forwarding quite happily to google apps from the IP 82.203.3.254.

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    I have been given 82.203.2.9 - I will try yours! Cheers

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    Nope - not working

    Have you got your emails set to Redirect all incoming messages to your old system to go to your new Gmail one?

    I don't even know if this is the correct place to put the IP! I just want any emails going to LEA inbox to redirect to O365 inbox. Simple redirect rule on my account should do that. But any external sender i.e. Hotmail just doesn't get redirected.

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    Yep, all incoming messages.

    The .9 address is the mx servers - for receiving mail. All the test messages I have sent are coming from .254 so it should work. This is unless the original sender uses SPF. At that point, it may bounce to the original sender. Googles advice here is to add your old address to your 'send mail as' addresses, and this will bypass the check. Office365 might have the same?

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    Might be missing something here but why are you not having the mail sent straight to O365?

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    I'm afraid @john we haven't filled in all the gaps...

    We are Leeds schools who have been using our LEA email platform provided by Capita. The Leeds authority is pulling the plug on the Capita contract, and have proposed moving to Office365 - Individual tenancies for individual schools. Unfortunately (unless someone can tell me differently) they are not helping people migrate their inboxes, but letting everyone start again. Those staying with the new LEA provision are unfortunately in exactly the same position as those moving to alternative providers with regards to email.

    Some schools are jumping more quickly than others and having their LEA email forwarded to their new addresses. Ie. smitha@lea.net forwarding to smitha@school.leeds.sch.uk or some such other domain. We hope this will give us enough time to let people know our addresses are changing.

    I bet its an spf issue @themightymrp after looking into it again.

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    Ahh so you were using LEA provided addresses rather than school ones that explains it

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    Might sound like a thick-o here but what is the SPF bit?

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    Oh, and how to you mean add the old address to 'send mail as'? Is that within 365 or is that part of the redirect rule on the LEA mail?

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    Not entirely sure I follow what that actually does but... This is one of the DNS settings which I asked the LEA to apply to our URL's DNS settings:


    spf.jpg

    Is that right?

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