Released: The new Exchange Server Deployment Assistant


We’ve listened to your feedback for improving the on-premises and hybrid Exchange Server deployment experience, and we’re happy to announce the release of the new, consolidated Deployment Assistant!

The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant now combines all the on-premises and hybrid deployment scenarios from both the Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant and the Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant into a single tool. We’ve eliminated the need for the installation of Silverlight and provide guidance for all Exchange Server deployments in a true one-stop shop experience. We’ve also kept the same, convenient question-and-answer format to create a customized, step-by-step checklist with instructions to deploy Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010.

Starting your Exchange deployment is familiar and convenient, no matter whether you’re deploying Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010. Just select the one of the three basic deployment tracks: On-premises, Hybrid, or Cloud Only to get started, as shown in Figure 1.

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Figure 1:
The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant home page

After selecting your basic deployment track, you’ll be able to choose from either an Exchange 2013-based or Exchange 2010-based path for either on-premises or hybrid deployment scenarios. If you selected the Cloud Only scenario, the deployment path is the same for both Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 organizations and you’re on your way to getting started with an Exchange Online-only deployment.

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Figure 2:
Choose either the Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010 deployment path

After you’ve chosen either the Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010 deployment path (see Figure 2), you’ll answer a few questions about your deployment needs and you’re off to the races with your customized deployment checklist! For example, see Figure 3, which shows a checklist for an on-premises Exchange 2013 deployment.

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Figure 3:
Exchange 2013 on-premises deployment path

And, here’s some more good news! If you’ve bookmarked links to the Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistants, there’s no action required to go to the new tool when using your bookmarks. You’ll be automatically redirected to the new tool when using the URL for the previous version of the Deployment Assistant.

We hope you enjoy the convenience of having all the Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 deployment scenario guidance in a single tool. We’d love your feedback and comments! Please feel free to leave a comment here, or send an email to edafdbk@microsoft.com directly or via the ‘Feedback’ link located in the header of every page of the Deployment Assistant.

Happy deploying!

The Deployment Assistant Team

Comments (8)
  1. Anonymous says:

    the above anonymous was mine, forgot I wasn’t signed in :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ran through it, but I see the option for single sign on and “no” single sign on, but did I miss the password sync novity in the new dirsync tool? It’s not single sign on, but the question flow only seems to allow you to choose “well, let’s go ADFS or separate identities” and not the mixture that pass-sync could bring?

  3. Martijn says:

    I would be very nice to download a checklist. I think with a previous ExDeploy version it was possible to download the checklist in PDF format.

    Martijn

  4. Bob says:

    "We’ve listened to your feedback for improving the on-premises".

    Good job Microsoft :-) You have many Exchange On-Premises customers worldwide………..and they will stay Exchange On-Premises no matter what.

  5. Robert Mazzoli [MSFT] says:

    @Martijn – Regarding printing, you’re correct. We’ve chosen to offer direct printing from the browser for checklists and checklist steps in the new Deployment Assistant in order to offer customers more flexibility instead of offering only PDFs. This approach allows customers to more easily save the content in the file format of their choice and is more efficient and cost-effective when we add content updates/corrections.

  6. John says:

    This is great for Exchange On-Premises customers that want to move to Exchange 2013 On-Premises.

    Thanks

  7. Peter says:

    Why don't you have Windows Server 2012 listed as supported in the assistant under a Exchange 2010 configuration?

  8. Nino Bilic says:

    @Peter – thanks, we'll get this addressed.

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