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    Hello,

    we are migrating off Exchange 2007 and back to regular outlook linked to our payfor mail service provider. We recently moved providers and they keep a record of all emails sent and received, which is a compliance issue for us. It was decided to move everyone off exchange, convert their OST to PST and then backup their PST in a backup location. All new emails will be backed up off site.

    We will still be using the server and need to keep exchange running in a minial way. We will still be using it as a means for the server to send the IT department and Managers necessary updates regarding server maintenance.)

    How do make sure our emails are not being intercepted by exchange when sent to our outlook mailboxes?

    What steps can I take to make this a smooth transition?

    Thank you!!!

    David92595

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    Re: Migrate off Exchange

    Originally posted by David92595 View Post
    Hello,

    we are migrating off Exchange 2007 and back to regular outlook linked to our payfor mail service provider. We recently moved providers and they keep a record of all emails sent and received, which is a compliance issue for us. It was decided to move everyone off exchange, convert their OST to PST and then backup their PST in a backup location. All new emails will be backed up off site.

    We will still be using the server and need to keep exchange running in a minial way. We will still be using it as a means for the server to send the IT department and Managers necessary updates regarding server maintenance.)

    How do make sure our emails are not being intercepted by exchange when sent to our outlook mailboxes?

    What steps can I take to make this a smooth transition?

    Thank you!!!

    David92595
    Exchange 2007 can do compliance via MRM, or journaling or 3rd party software/tooling. Seems a rather convoluted approach just to enable compliance and may even represent a regression in functioinality.

    There's no need to convert OST's to PST's. Its easier to export the content direct from Exchange using the Export-Mailbox cmdlet.

    You would need to contact your name service provider and get them to update your MX records so they point to the new server. Mail delivery will then go to your new hosted provider.

    If you still want to use Exchange on prem then this complicates matters. As you would need to either set up a new mail domain for Exchange, or a shared SMTP name space assuming your new hosted provider supports that.

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      Re: Migrate off Exchange

      If you have Exchange in the Outlook configuration, then Outlook is going to use it. This kind of mixed mode rarely works properly. If you want something to bounce email off, rip out Exchange and use an SMTP server. Decide which you are keeping and move to it.

      Personally speaking, unless the hosted solution is Office365 then I think you are making a mistake going from OnPremise, but that is just my opinion. I am almost drowning in work with migrations from the cloud back to on premise.

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