I have Windows SBS 2011. As you know, Exchange 2010 is built in to this. Some time ago, I have started using Office 365 for email. In a perfect world, I would uninstall Exchange 2010, but this cannot be done in SBS. I've also been well advised against turning off services etc.

My problem is this: I want server notification emails. These are delivered to the administrator mailbox on the SBS server.

So my question is: How can I forward these emails from SBS to me at Office365? How can I make an exchange server send via another exchange server???


Uninstall all components of Exchange 2010 except for Hub Transport and Management Tools. As long as your send connector is correctly configured, server reports will go out to the internet. I'd also recommend removing the internet domain from the accepted domains list and just leave domain.local.

I've migrated half a dozen SBS2011 machines to Office 365 and done this every time. Absolutely no problems to report.

The worst that happens is when you set up new users, you get a warning next to setting up the mailbox and sending a welcome email (which can obviously be expected!). Other than that, nothing is affected.

  • Just to add - I'm assuming that you've already removed public folder and mailbox databases. If not, you will probably need to do that first. – ChadH360 Apr 23 '15 at 23:19
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    Sorry - just one last comment. Also, be aware that your Office 365 Tenant will also have a myemail@mycompany.onmicrosoft.com email address. You can configure your reports to go that address without having to make any adjustments to your exchange server. Personally, though, I would still recommend removing Exchange from your domain anyway - it will make life much easier when you come to replace that server. – ChadH360 Apr 23 '15 at 23:22
  • Thanks ChadH360 - that all seems to make sense. One question please - what do you mean "uninstall all components"? Where can I do this? – Warren Apr 23 '15 at 23:23
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    There is one other thing you can do - I do it as a matter of course anyway for internal copiers/scanners to be able to send email via O365. I doubt that it's necessary for this, but worth doing anyway. Take a look here and follow the instructions under SMTP Relay in order to set up a Receive Connector in your O365 Tenant. By doing this, you will also be able to have other devices on your network send email via O365. Ignore step 9 - it's not necessary in this case, but would apply to other multi function devices that you set up. – ChadH360 Apr 24 '15 at 8:19
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    Actually, just thinking - my last comment could be the cause of your problem. The scheduled report is sent by SBSMonAcct@domain.com (this is hard coded somewhere), and should just work fine. If you manually run a report for testing, it will be sent from the email address specified in the AD user object that you're logged in as - if this is blank, no email will go. – ChadH360 Apr 24 '15 at 8:34

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