Exchange Server Deployment Assistant Hybrid Deployments Get Updated

Now offers support for Exchange 2010 SP2 and Exchange 2007 as well

The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) has been recently updated to offer support for additional hybrid deployment scenarios.

Specifically, the tool is now offering support for the configuring of such deployments using Exchange 2010 SP2 and Exchange 2007 on-premises organizations.

The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) is being delivered as a web-based tool for organizations interested in upgrading upgrade to Exchange 2010 on-premises.

It also offers them the option to configure hybrid deployments between on-premises and Exchange Online organization or to migrate to Exchange Online.

The aforementioned change should prove of great help to those Exchange 2007 organizations who are interested in keeping some of their users on-premises, while planning to have others hosted in the cloud by Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises.

“Like the Exchange 2003 scenario released in March, this Exchange 2007 scenario uses the Hybrid Configuration wizard to streamline deployment,” Microsoft’s Exchange Deployment Assistant Team notes in a blog post.

The new Exchange 2007 scenario offers instructions only in English for the time being, and requires the addition of at least one Exchange 2010 SP2 server to the current Exchange 2007 organization.

Microsoft also offers checklists for configuring hybrid deployments with Exchange 2010 SP1 in Office 365 Hybrid Deployments with Exchange 2010 SP1, for companies who need guidance in the area to take advantage of.

“Although limited, interim hybrid deployment configuration support for Exchange 2010 on-premises deployments is also included with this April update, complete hybrid deployment checklists for the 2010 on-premises scenario are in progress,” the Redmond-based company explains.

Through hybrid deployments, companies will be able to benefit from the same feature-rich experience and administrative control in the cloud, as they currently have with existing on-premises Microsoft Exchange organizations.

“It provides the seamless look and feel of a single Exchange organization between an on-premises organization and an Exchange Online organization,” Microsoft continues.

“In addition, hybrid deployments can serve as an intermediate step to moving completely to a cloud-based Exchange Online organization. This approach is different than the simple Exchange migration (“cutover migration”) and staged Exchange migration options currently offered by Office 365.” Additional info on these is available on this page.

To learn more on Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy), Microsoft customers should head over to this webpage.

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