12-03-2017 01:09 PM
12-03-2017 01:09 PM
I'm trying to decide the best way to handle the following scenario, any input would be greatly appreciated.
So a small business has a few users typically the business owner and an admin person and perhaps some general staff but runs two similar companies that have different names & domains, say company A deals with one market segment and company B deals with another but are similar. The staff's roles are typically the same for both businesses. The way I see it you would have to add both domains to O365 and decide on which business will be the primary, the business owner and admin person need mailboxes for both domains so do you add an Exchange Plan 1 licence to these users (say they have Business Premium or Microsoft 365 Business for the primary company) or would you use a shared mailbox to achieve this?
I guess what I'm asking is there a sure fire way to handle these types of company setups or is it always going to get messy?
I deal with a lot of smaller (5-20 user) companies and this type of multi-company setup is becoming more common.
12-03-2017 06:09 PM
12-05-2017 02:22 AM
Thanks for the feedback @Loryan Strant , I guess I'm just trying to come up with a SOP for these types of setup.
For staff that need a mailbox on both domains would you configure a shared mailbox for the second domain or do you add an additional Exchange Online Plan 1 licence to their existing Microsoft 365 / Office 365 Business Premium (if that's even possible)?
12-06-2017 05:37 PM
I think it’s always going to be a little messy too. For the mailboxes, if it didn’t matter what the sending domain was, you can always set up the second company as an alias on the primary mailbox. The downside is that you can’t send from an alias, so any outgoing emails would always come from company 1.
I think if you have to be able to send from both company 1 and company 2, I would go with your method of just creating a second users for company 2 and then purchasing an Exchange only license for them. In effect I have this in my tenant only it’s a primary account for my company and a secondary account (with an exchange only licenses) for one of my personal email address/domains. Since they are in the same tenant, you can open the secondary mailbox from within OWA (while signed into the first) if you set up all the permissions correctly, or you just sent up both accounts in Outlook on the desktop (or mobile).
Just my two cents, but I think you have a couple different ways you could do it without any one choice being inherintly better, they all have various advantages/disadvantes.
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