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#1 bdpoop

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 11:51 AM

Hi

 

I succesfully set up a Hosted Exchange email system for a client using Fasthosts.  Brilliant.  Works a treat and dead easy to set up.  Support is good as well.

 

I noticed Microsoft are offering hosted exchange at £2.50 a month and you should be able to trial it.  All I seem to be able to do is set up a trial of Office 365 which ok this is what hosted exchange is part of but where do you go from there once you have set up a 365 account?

 

The MS 365 site just seems all over the place.  I have a test domain hosted with Fasthosts which I would like to use to get it all working. I have the latest OFfice software so do not really need or want the rest of OFfice 365, just exchange.  Any tips?

 

 



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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:44 PM

You create users in the Office 365 admin panel and they should be able to login at portal.office.com and access OWA. This assumes you added the domain to your account. I believe there is an Exchange-only version of O365, I can probably give you a link if you want.

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#3 bdpoop

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 01:07 PM

Thanks

 

Sorry OWA?

 

I have found where to add the domain to the account and made added a txt record to my domain and verified ownership and I have altered the name servers to what MS told me to.  Thats it.  Thats as far as there instructions go.  I tried to add the account to my Outlook 2013 where it finds it itself but no joy.  It could be that it may take 24 hour I dont know.

 

They really are not very good at making it simple and I beleive this product is aimed at end users? 



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 10:28 AM

OWA = Outlook Web Access. Once you have an email account configured, you can open a browser, go to outlook.office365.com, log in and you will be taken to your email account.

 

Once you've added the domain and it's been verified, you need to add all the MX and SRV records to your DNS zone files (the same place you added the TXT record). There is a setup wizard in Office 365 that tells you what records to add. Depending on who your domain registrar is, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 72 hours for the changes to propagate across the Internet. That could be why it's not working just yet.

 

Once the new DNS records propagate, you can start adding user accounts and accessing them.



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 03:02 PM

Thanks

 

I got it working with the help of MS support line.  I had somehow (easily done with MS) opened the wrong trial.  I would love to say how I sorted it but not entirely sure.

 

Once they put me on the right service it worked. 



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 05:23 PM

Glad to hear that was an easy fix. :)






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