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MC289686: Change to mailbox forwarding behavior coming to Exchange Online

Updated April 21, 2022: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the rollout. We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed.

We’re making some changes to which forwarded messages are rewritten with Sender Rewriting Scheme (SRS). Starting in early November, we will be further consolidating our rewriting for messages that are automatically forwarded outside of Exchange Online. Not all forwarded messages are rewritten using SRS today. Messages forwarded with SMTP or mailbox forwarding have their P1 Mail From address replaced with the forwarding mailbox address today. This will be changing and SRS rewriting will be used instead.

  • The change will be rolled out slowly and it may take several months to reach your organization.

MC289686: Change to mailbox forwarding behavior coming to Exchange Online

Affected Workloads

  • Exchange Online

How this will affect your organization

Note: This is a behavior change that may result in some disruptions.

  • All messages that are forwarded externally from Exchange Online to the internet will be subject to new SRS rewriting. This risk of any impact to those messages should be low. You can find out more about SRS behavior from the link provided.
  • Customers with on-premises servers will see messages relayed to those servers no longer being rewritten. This should be fine for deliveries to mailboxes hosted on-premises. However if customers route mail out to the internet via their on-premises servers instead of Exchange Online, there is a risk. Forwarded messages will go out without being rewritten and could result in them being rejected by the recipients’ servers. To avoid this, a new setting has been added to on-premises connectors to enable SRS rewriting for those messages.

What you need to do to prepare

Before this change takes effect, customers who route traffic to the internet from their on-premises environment should enable the new parameter SenderRewritingEnabled on their outbound on-premises mail flow connector to avoid any disruptions.

Learn more

Message ID: MC289686
Published: 06 October 2021
Updated: 21 April 2022

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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