Introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard


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.

What is the Hybrid Configuration Wizard?

The Hybrid Configuration Wizard consists of:

  1. A new Exchange Management Console (EMC) wizard that guides you through the end-to-end process for configuring a hybrid deployment.
  2. A set of Exchange Management Shell (EMS) cmdlets that orchestrate the configuration process (as always, the EMC executes these Shell cmdlets).
  3. Improvements to the manageability of some of the underlying hybrid features (no more exchangedelegation.contoso.com or service.contoso.com domains – Yay!)

What does it do?

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:

  1. Verifies that your on-premises and Office 365 organizations meet the prerequisites for a hybrid deployment.
  2. Provisions your on-premises Exchange federation trust.
  3. Creates mutual organization relationships between your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations.
  4. Modifies e-mail address policies to ensure that mailboxes can be moved successfully to Exchange Online in Office 365.
  5. Enables and configures free/busy calendar sharing, message tracking and MailTips for both your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations.
  6. Configures secure mail flow between your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations. You can even choose to have the wizard automatically configure Exchange Online organization to route mail through your on-premises Exchange organization to meet any additional business or compliance requirements.
  7. Enables support for Exchange Online Archiving for on-premises mailboxes for those customers that have chosen to include archiving in their Office 365 service plan.

Once the hybrid deployment configuration process is complete, the following features are available between your on-premises Exchange organization and Exchange Online:

Feature Description
Native mailbox move Online mailbox moves with automatic Outlook reconfiguration
Free/busy and calendar sharing Free/busy and calendar sharing between on-premises and Exchange Online mailboxes
Secure mail TLS-encrypted and authenticated mail flow between your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations
Exchange Online Archiving Provide unlimited cloud-based archive storage for your on-premises mailboxes
Message tracking Integrated message tracking logs across on-your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations
Multi-mailbox search Create a single search request that automatically queries both on-premises and Exchange Online mailboxes
Outlook Web App redirection Redirect OWA logons for users that have been moved to Exchange Online
Mailtips Ensures that MailTips are available for both your on-premises and Exchange Online organizations

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.

Where can I learn more?

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

Comments (6)
  1. Jesper Ståhle says:

    Awesome!

  2. JMeyer2009 says:

    Where did the video go?

  3. Brian says:

    Can the Hybrid Config Wizard still be used if the first few steps of the manual congiguration has been completed?  I would like to use the HCW but I am afraid of changing horses in mid-stream.

  4. Jonathan Ponton says:

    Hi Ben,

    Just wondering if you have an ETA for the SP2 Roll Up 1? I am looking for a fix for the wildcard cert bug.

    Thanks,

    JP

  5. benapple@live.co.uk says:

    @Jonthan Ponton

    As per our servicing guidance; "Microsoft releases update rollup packages approximately every six to eight weeks".  Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 was released on the 5th Dec 2011.  

    Further info on our servicing policy is here: technet.microsoft.com/…/ff637979.aspx

    @JMeyer2009

    We found some audio issues with the video, so we took it off, and are saving it's republishing for another post coming soon :)

    @Brian

    You can switch to use the hybrid wizard.  If you have already moved mailboxes to the cloud, the recommendation is after the hybrid wizard has successfully complete, update the user's "RemoteRoutingAddress" on the Remote Mailbox object on-premises to match the new *.mail.onmicrosoft.com, which replaces the previous manual guidance of using the "service.contoso.com" domain.  

    Cheers

    Ben

  6. David Michael - MessageOps says:

    I hit the same issue with the wildcard cert and the local AD addresses for a moved user pointed to their @domain.com.

    I changed the targetaddress on the disconnected mailbox and that got them working but I'm wondering if the IU or ru1 will resolve having to do this for future moves?  I don't want to manually have to change this for hundreds of users…

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