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Feature Set Comparison for FOPE Deployments

 

Applies to: Office 365 Small Business, Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise, Live@edu, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

Topic Last Modified: 2012-09-14

The following table describes Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) features that are available for the different Microsoft email hosting products including Microsoft Office 365.

 

Product FOPE Administration Center Access FOPE Administration Center Login Method Use the FOPE Administration Center to Configure Domains and Change IP Addresses Virus Scanning, Edge Blocking, Anti-Spam, Message Hygiene Use FOPE Connectors to Set Up Smart Hosts, Safe Lists, Shared Address Space, Force TLS Directory Synchronization Method Content Links

FOPE Standalone

Yes

FOPE credentials

Yes

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

Yes for certain scenarios

(For more information, see Using FOPE Connectors to Configure Advanced Email Flow Scenarios)

FOPE Directory Sync Tool

Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

FOPE 11.1 New Features

Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses

No

Not available

No

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

No

None

Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises

Yes

Single sign-on using the FOPE link on Mail Control tab of Exchange Control Panel

No

(For more information, see FOPE Administration Center Differences )

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

Yes for all scenarios

(For more information, see Using FOPE Connectors to Configure Advanced Email Flow Scenarios)

Office 365 Directory Synchronization Tool

FOPE 11.1 New Features

Office 365

Live@edu

Yes

Single sign-on using the FOPE link on Mail Control tab of Exchange Control Panel

No

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

Yes for all scenarios

(For more information, see Using FOPE Connectors to Configure Advanced Email Flow Scenarios)

Directory synchronization is not required for Live@edu customers. You can take advantage of the Outlook Live Directory Synchronization Tool in cases where you want to synchronize user information between your Active Directory service and Outlook Live.

In addition, you can perform directory synchronization through the FOPE Directory Sync Tool to take advantage of specific FOPE features such as FOPE quarantine for your Exchange Online users and Exchange Hosted Archive.

FOPE 11.1 New Features

Live@edu

Business Productivity Online Suite - Standard

Yes. Admin center access to only manage quarantine and view reports is provided by request to FOPE Technical Support.

FOPE credentials

No

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

No

Directory Synchronization Tool

FOPE 11.1 New Features

Help and How to

Business Productivity Online Suite - Dedicated

Yes

FOPE credentials

Yes

Yes

(For more information, see Overview of Services and Features in FOPE)

Yes for all scenarios

(For more information, see Using FOPE Connectors to Configure Advanced Email Flow Scenarios)

Directory Synchronization Tool

FOPE 11.1 New Features

Help and How to

NoteNote:
  • To view a video that describes the new FOPE features and discusses the information contained in this topic, see FOPE 11.1 New Features.

  • If you are an Microsoft Office 365, Live@edu, or Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) customer, anti-virus scanning is performed by Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) on the Exchange Online servers rather than by FOPE.

  • Live@edu customers that need skiplisting enabled should contact Live@edu support.

When accessing the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange Administration Center, certain features and settings are different between an on-premises domain (FOPE standalone) and a hosted domain. For example, if you have created companies or domains within the Microsoft Office 365 or Live@edu cloud hosting services, these settings must be managed in the Exchange Control Panel rather than in the FOPE Administration Center.

You can view but not change the value of the Outbound Mail Server IP Addresses setting in the Company tab of the FOPE Administration Center if you have a hosted domain rather than an on-premises domain.

If you have a hosted domain rather than an on-premises domain in the Domains tab of the FOPE Administration Center:

  • You cannot add, validate, enable, or delete domains. As a result, the Add Domains option is not viewable in the Tasks pane, and the Disable button is not viewable from Disabled Domains in the Views pane. This should be done in the Exchange Control Panel.

  • You can view but not change the value of the Mail Delivery Settings (Mail Server Address and Outbound Mail Server IP Addresses settings). This should be done in the Exchange Control Panel.

  • The Catch-all domains, Outbound filtering, Spam filtering, and Virus filtering settings are not configurable in the Domain Settings pane.

  • When you transfer domain settings using the Transfer Domains dialog box, the IP addresses and Virus filtering notifications options cannot be transferred because the IP addresses point to Exchange Online and virus filtering notifications are sent by FPE rather than by FOPE.

Anti-virus reporting statistics are not available in the FOPE Administration Center because anti-virus filtering in Office 365 is performed by FPE on the Exchange Online servers rather than by FOPE.

In addition to company and domain management, Office 365 and Live@edu subscribers should use Exchange Control Panel rather than the FOPE Administration Center in order to perform the following tasks:

  • Track messages sent within your organization.

  • Configure transport rules to:

    • Add disclaimers (footers) to emails.

    • Search for keywords and other expressions (also available in FOPE).

    • Block outbound email by sender or domain (also available in FOPE).

    • Moderate email delivery.

  • Configure journaling of emails to an external archive.

For more information about FOPE features, Office 365 customers can view the FOPE instructional videos including the Administration Center 101 series of videos. However, keep in mind that these videos were originally created for FOPE stand-alone users and are only available in English. For links to these videos, see Additional Internet Resources for FOPE Help.

Other key topics that may be of interest within the FOPE User Guide include the following:

 
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