TechEd North America 2012 is coming and folks on the Exchange team will be there to talk to you about Exchange hybrid deployments and Exchange Online migrations! We've gotten a lot of questions on hybrid deployments, especially after releasing Exchange 2010 SP2 with the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and updating the Exchange Deployment Assistant with more streamlined instructions to deploy hybrid - so here are some answers.
Ben Appleby and I recently did a three-part TechNet Radio set of video podcasts to shed additional light on hybrid topics as part of the "Road to TechEd 2012" series. These podcasts should help provide some insights into our hybrid TechEd sessions if you're attending TechEd but also provide solid guidance and information if you're not going this year.
The second podcast is How the Hybrid Configuration Engine Works in Exchange Server so you can get an idea of what the Hybrid Configuration Wizard actually does once you click 'update' and trigger the Update-HybridConfiguration cmdlet to start the hybrid configuration engine. We'll cover this a little more in depth during TechEd 2012 as well as provide a demo of the updated wizard.
The final podcast is FAQ's and Common Gotchas with a Hybrid Exchange Deployment which covers important topics you should be aware of. In this episode, Ben mentions the Exchange Online Migration Performance Guide Whitepaper which is a great reference point. Or if you sometimes neglect to read documentation really carefully (like me, whoops!), I highly recommend checking out Understanding Certificate Requirements for Hybrid Deployments on TechNet.
Hopefully those podcasts give you a taste of some of the amazing content that's coming your way at TechEd 2012 this month as well as reference points that dive into some key hybrid topics.
Here are the migration and hybrid TechEd sessions you should check out:
We'll also be at MEC and we'll be excited to talk to you later in the year on these topics as well. So if you haven't registered already and want to chat with us about hybrid, migration and Exchange 15, go do it!