During the beta of Office 365 for Enterprises, we received great feedback from our customers and wanted to vastly simplify the process for configuring Exchange in a hybrid deployment with Office 365. We are introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 to refine the deployment process as a result of that feedback.
The Hybrid Configuration Wizard consists of:
The hybrid configuration cmdlets take inputs from the wizard, analyze the state of your existing on-premises and cloud organizations, and calculate the required steps to correctly configure both organizations correctly. You can learn more about this process here.
This friendly wizard replaces approximately 50 manual steps with just a few inputs and several clicks of your mouse. Here are some of the top tasks that the Hybrid Configuration Wizard will automatically verify and configure for you:
Once the hybrid deployment configuration process is complete, the following features are available between your on-premises Exchange organization and Exchange Online:
If you've used the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant to configure a previous hybrid deployment, please note that we’re busy updating the current scenarios to provide guidance based on the automatic configuration process using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard. Watch this blog for announcements when the Deployment Assistant is updated.
With that in mind, we'll be retiring the manual hybrid deployment configuration guidance provided with SP1 and we strongly encourage you use the wizard wherever possible. Although we'll continue to support manually configured hybrid deployments, we believe that using the new wizard is the easiest, most reliable way of getting deployed and staying correctly configured.
Interested in learning more about this great new tool? Check out Hybrid Deployments with the Hybrid Configuration Wizard on TechNet.
Download Exchange 2010 SP2 and check out the Hybrid Configuration Wizard for yourself.
Ben Appleby Senior Program Manager