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New Hybrid Configuration Wizard

With Exchange Server 2013 CU9 and Exchange Server 2016 Microsoft has released a new version of the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW). Instead of running the HCW online, it is now a small stand-alone application which is installed on the hybrid server.

Installing and running the Hybrid Configuration Wizard is so easy, initially I didn’t want to write a blog post about it at all. But writing one doesn’t harm, so here we go…

The HCW is only a configuration tool, it configures both Exchange 2013/2016 on-premises as well as Exchange Online. It gathers information regarding the hybrid servers, where to deliver and receive SMTP messages and what certificates are used.

To install the new HCW and reconfigure the hybrid configuration, logon to the Exchange Control Panel and click Hybrid:

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Exchange 2013 Hybrid Prerequisites (Part I)

Edited: November 11, 2015

In a hybrid environment the on-premises Exchange organization (which can be either Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013) is integrated with Exchange Online. In a hybrid configuration you basically create one ‘virtual’ Exchange organization with the following features:

  • One cross-premises Address Book;
  • Secure cross-premises mail flow;
  • Cross-premises Free/Busy information, mail tips and out-of-office features;
  • Seamless migration to Exchange Online and vice versa;
  • No recreation of OST file;
  • Automatic reconfiguration of Outlook profile;
  • OWA URL Redirect.

To create a Hybrid environment you need at least one Exchange hybrid server on-premises. This can be an Exchange 2010 server but I always recommend using an Exchange 2013 server for this because of the improved hybrid connectivity in Exchange 2013. For redundancy purposes (and performance for larger environments) you better use multiple Exchange 2013 Hybrid servers.

Another prerequisite for creating a Hybrid environment is that you must have Directory Synchronization in place, so DirSync is used for synchronization user accounts, groups and contacts, all other communication is handled by the Exchange 2013 hybrid servers as shown in the following picture:

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