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Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection service upgrade - FOPE Admin Center access

Exchange 2013

Applies to: Exchange Online Protection

Topic Last Modified: 2013-07-02

This topic describes behavior changes in the FOPE Admin Center caused by the service upgrade from Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) to Exchange Online Protection (EOP).

When your service upgrade begins, your ability to make changes in the FOPE Admin Center is reduced. In most cases, you can view settings in the FOPE Admin Center, for reference, but you can’t change them. This read-only state continues after your upgrade is complete. The following are additional details regarding FOPE Admin Center access during and after the service upgrade.

  • If you are signed in to the FOPE Admin Center at the point when your upgrade starts, any configuration change you make will not be saved and the FOPE Admin Center will display an error.

  • If you sign in to the FOPE Admin Center during or after the upgrade, a banner appears indicating that your organization is being upgraded, with information about access changes in the Admin Center.

  • Global and domain-level administrators signing in to the FOPE Admin Center will have read-only administrator access. They can view policy rules, but cannot make changes. They can create reports by means of the My Reports tab in the FOPE Admin Center. However, these reports will not be available in EOP.

  • User account administrators will have the same rights as a regular user. They will not be able to create, update or delete user accounts.

  • Quarantine administrators can manage items quarantined prior to the service upgrade. After the upgrade begins, they shall have regular-user access to the FOPE Admin Center and they can manage quarantined items, but they can’t change quarantine settings.

  • Reporting user accounts shall be able to view policy-rule settings, but they cannot make changes.

  • Client service users and reseller administrators shall continue to have read and write access. However, we recommend that they do not make any changes while their upgrade is in progress. Any changes made after the upgrade will not be reflected in EOP and will have to be completed manually.

Your user role in the FOPE Admin Center won’t be changed to a different role as a result of the service upgrade.

For a feature comparison between FOPE and EOP, see FOPE vs. EOP feature comparison. For information about how policy rules in FOPE are upgraded to the new Exchange transport rules, see Service upgrade changes for policy rules.

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