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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On March 17 Microsoft released the 8th Cumulative Update for Exchange Server 2013, 98 days after the release of CU7 which is nicely in line with the quarterly release cadence of Cumulative Updates. This Cumulative Update is called CU8, not a word about Service Pack 2, so SP1 still continues to be the officially supported Service Pack.
There are some new features in CU8 that are worth noticing.
- With CU8 there are improvements for mobile clients in a Hybrid Configuration. When a Mailbox is moved the Outlook client will automatically detect and reconfigure accordingly. This was not the case with Mobile clients. This behavior has changed in CU8. When a mobile client connects the local Exchange server and the Mailbox is moved to Exchange Online an additional check for the TargetOWAUrl on the Organization Relationship object is performed. This will return an HTTP/451 redirect to the mobile client which in turn will be redirected to this new URL. This feature will be available to all EAS compatible devices that can handle the HTTP/451 redirect option. Unfortunately this feature is only available for onboarding customers (i.e. to Office 365) and not for offboarding (from Office 365) customers.
- There an improved migration for Public Folders migration, now supporting batch migrations. This is faster (supports multiple jobs), more reliable and provides an easier migration management.
- CU8 supports viewing calendar and contact types of modern Public Folders in OWA
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On August 26 Microsoft released Exchange 2013 CU6, the sixth Cumulative Update since the new servicing model of Exchange 2013, exactly after 90 days which fits in the quarterly cadence.
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A Lync 2013 Edge server is using external, 3rd party certificates for authentication and encryption of data for federation purposes and external clients connecting to the Lync 2013 environment. I’m using Digicert certificates for this since these work fine in almost all situations.
So I got a message from Digicert to renew my certificate, which I did. Renewed the certificate, same Common Name (CN=access.exchangelabs.nl) and the same Subject Alternative Names entries. The order of the SAN entries was different and so was the Friendly Name of the certificate but this should not cause any problem.
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