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    All of my schools have onsite Exchange servers but as one school is due for a new server next year I've been thinking about moving to 365 as well. I expect 365 has distribution lists but a number of our users have access to a second and third mailbox so I use the management console to automatically add said mailboxes to the users account without any user interaction. Can 365 do this and can 365 allow the user to send as?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    All of my schools have onsite Exchange servers but as one school is due for a new server next year I've been thinking about moving to 365 as well. I expect 365 has distribution lists but a number of our users have access to a second and third mailbox so I use the management console to automatically add said mailboxes to the users account without any user interaction. Can 365 do this and can 365 allow the user to send as?
    In short: yes. You can add alternate emails as an alias in Active Directory (under proxyAddresses) or you can set up (shared) mailboxes and delegate permissions so people can have multiple mailboxes open in Outlook or OWA, including Send As.

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    We're looking to migrate to Office365 over the Summer, if not before. Currently have Exchange 2007 running locally which I installed 5 years ago; first time doing an Exchange Server and was a learning curve in getting the domain ready for it but went quite smoothly. It's been faultless ever since and is now a critical feature for the likes of SMT and Heads Of House that I have to admit to being nervous in moving it to Office365. But, the costs make it a no brainer. I won't have to worry about a the server hardware, battery backup, licensing, warranty - result.

    Pete

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    just a quick reply, but we moved to Office 365 a year ago and couldn't be happier. To note:
    -MS manages backups
    -if you get in a pickle you can call Microsoft for free support, and my experience has been very good. I usually get a call back within an hour, and they are very knowledgeable.
    -don't let powershell intimidate you. There are lots of scripts on the internet, and powershell itself is fairly user friendly with good documentation.
    -like someone else said if your internet goes down, everyone with a mobile device can still get email (these days, that's everyone)
    -storage, microsoft gives you 50GB per mailbox, and a 25GB Skydrive
    -free
    -updates, it's rare that a local exchange admin will keep up with the latest exchange flavors. We were still running exchange 2003 when we upgraded!

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    Can I link Outlook 2010 to 365 or is it OWA only?

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    Hi everyone, would anyone be able to clear up a question I have about how 'free' office 365 is, I've been told that A2 is only free when our staff members are enrolled into A3, can anyone confirm if this is the case please? Thanks

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    Can I link Outlook 2010 to 365 or is it OWA only?
    yes, Office 2007 and up will connect

    Hi everyone, would anyone be able to clear up a question I have about how 'free' office 365 is, I've been told that A2 is only free when our staff members are enrolled into A3, can anyone confirm if this is the case please? Thanks
    no, our staff and students are A2. We pay Microsoft $0.

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    I can confirm freeness and use with Outlook.

    We have major internet issues and so opted to keep exchange in house.

    If I was anywhere else I'd love to use it, but people rely on internal emails so much that we'd grind to a halt without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colindean2000 View Post
    I've been told that A2 is only free when our staff members are enrolled into A3
    Who told you that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude View Post
    yes, Office 2007 and up will connect

    no, our staff and students are A2. We pay Microsoft $0.
    Can I use group policy to configure Outlook to connect it to 365?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jobos View Post
    Can I use group policy to configure Outlook to connect it to 365?
    Set up an internal DNS record for autodiscover.domain.sch.uk (whatever domain you use for emails) to point at autodiscover.outlook.com. Outlook then picks up all the settings it needs automatically when it goes through its First Run Wizard.

    There are ways of forcing the first run wizard with registry keys if, for example, you've previously pushed a .PRF profile out through your Outlook shortcut, as I had.

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