EWS Endpoint Directed to On-Premises Legacy Server


Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-06

The Microsoft Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer Tool can be used to determine whether any issues that affect free/busy queries exist between an Office 365 mailbox and an on-premises mailbox. This status check includes verifying that the on-premises Exchange server meets the minimum version requirement. In order for a cross premises free/busy query to work, the version of the server that hosts the Autodiscover and EWS endpoints must be Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or a later version.

It is common for organizations to keep their external-facing endpoints (for example, autodiscover.contoso.com and mail.contoso.com) incorrectly pointing to earlier versions of Exchange Server (“legacy servers”) instead of updating the DNS records to point to a server that has Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or a later version installed.

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or a later version is required in order for free/busy and other hybrid deployment features to work. Legacy servers lack the required logic to handle the complex authentication workflow requirements of a federated request.

The solution to this issue is to make sure that the external DNS records for Autodiscover and EWS are pointed to the Internet-facing server that is running Exchange Server 2010 SP1 or a later version.

For more information about how to troubleshoot federated free/busy issues, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2555008: How to troubleshoot free/busy issues when you use Exchange Federation in the Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises environment.

We recommend that you consult the following resources before you decide how to configure a cross premises Exchange server:

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