Office 365 Hybrid in Exchange 2016

The Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) which was included with Exchange 2013 is shifting to become a cloud-based application. While you select to configure a hybrid implementation in Exchange 2016, you are going to be prompted to download setup and install the wizard as a small app.


The wizard will function in the similar fashion as used to be in the previous versions of Exchange, with some new added benefits:


  • The wizard can be duly updated quickly to support amendments in the MS Office 365 service.


  • The wizard can be duly updated to account for issues and flaws detected while customers try to configure a hybrid deployment.


  • Enhanced troubleshooting and diagnostics to support and help you resolve issues which you run into while executing the wizard.


  • The same wizard will be used by all configuring a hybrid deployment who’s executing Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016.


In addition to Hybrid Configuration Wizard enhancements, multi-forest hybrid deployments are being easy and simplified with Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect). AADConnect introduces management agents which will make it tremendously easier to synchronize multiple on-premises Active Directory forests along with single Office 365 tenant.

Exchange Active-sync clients going to be seamlessly redirected to Office 365 during a user’s mailbox is shifted to Exchange Online. To help and support this, Active-sync clients require supporting HTTP 451 redirect. While a client is redirected, the profile present on the device is updated with the URL of the Exchange Online service.

This implies the client is no longer going to attempt for contacting the on-premises Exchange server while trying to find the mailbox.

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