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Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) transition center

Exchange 2013

Applies to: Exchange Online Protection

Topic Last Modified: 2014-05-12

Exchange Online Protection (EOP) is the latest version of Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) and includes enhanced anti-spam and anti-malware protection, greater flexibility in managing email policies, and an improved administration experience. If you’re a current FOPE customer, you will be transitioned to EOP beginning in the third quarter of 2013. This documentation provides you with information about what to expect before, during, and after your transition.

This documentation is designed for customers who use FOPE to protect on-premises mailboxes. If you are using FOPE as part of Office 365, your transition to EOP will take place as part of the Office 365 service upgrade. For more information about the Office 365 service upgrade, please visit the Office 365 Service Upgrade Center. If you don’t know if you’re using Office 365 after the service upgrade, see Am I using Office 365 after the service upgrade?

Transition update
As we approach the completion of the FOPE transition we want to make sure that you’re aware of the following updates.
We’re reaching the final batches in our schedule of customer transitions. Therefore, effective immediately, we won’t be able to accept any postponement requests.
If you’ve already been transitioned, please follow the guidance in your transition email communication to update your MX records. For those of you who are unable to update your MX records according to the deadlines stated in your transition communication, Microsoft will automatically redirect your mail flow through EOP to preserve continuity of your mail delivery and filtering. Automatic redirects can occur any time between your communicated deadline and July 2014.

Transitions from FOPE to EOP will begin in the third quarter of 2013, and continue throughout the calendar year.

When it is time to begin your transition, we will create an EOP tenant for you and transfer your FOPE settings and configuration to EOP. When this process is complete, you will receive an email asking you to sign in to your new service and update your MX record. After your MX record is updated, email will begin flowing through EOP instead of FOPE, and your transition will be complete.

Before, during, and after the transition, your organization’s mail flow will continue to be protected.

FOPE Transition Process
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