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Vol. 20, #12 - March 23, 2015 - Issue #1022
In this week's newsletter focuses on Hybrid Exchange Deployment and how it allows you to integrate your existing IT infrastructure with Office 365. We would like to thank Rohit Tambakhe, Partner Technical Consultant in Signature Cloud Support for Office 365 at Microsoft India GTSC who has contributed a guest editorial on this topic. We also have some Microsoft Outlook tips in the Tips section of our newsletter, and we have our usual roundup of interesting and amusing news as well, all this in this week's issue of WServerNews--enjoy!
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And now on to the main topic of this week's issue...
By using Hybrid Exchange Deployment large organizations can integrate their existing IT infrastructure with Office 365 with complete administrative control from the local Active Directory. With the Hybrid model, administrators can synchronize all their existing AD objects with Azure AD on Office 365. They can also host mailboxes on both on-premises Exchange servers as well as with Exchange Online, making them part of a single Exchange organization. Hybrid Exchange Deployment can also provide you with a seamless experience when moving your existing on-premises infrastructure to Office 365. A hybrid deployment can be a primary or intermediate step to moving to the cloud with zero downtime for the end users.
Here are some steps that you can perform in order to set up your Hybrid Exchange Deployment in either a lab or production environment. Note first that if your Hybrid Exchange server is Exchange 2010 you must verify that you have installed Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 and also the most recent Exchange 2010 rollup. You'll also need a public IP address from your Internet provider that points to the Hybrid Exchange server should be assigned.
Obtain a 3rd party SSL certificate. Once your certificate has been installed, you'll see it in IIS Manager.
Generate a CSR from your On-Prem exchange and import it.
Assign services to the certificate. This step is very important or else the mail flow may not work:
Now we will begin setting up Hybrid with EX2010 SP3 Roll UP update 7. Before you begin that please check if the Office 365 node is added in the Exchange Management Console.
Navigate to Organization Configuration. Under Hybrid Configuration tab right click on Hybrid Configuration Object and select Manage Hybrid Configuration. Enter your Exchange Enterprise credentials and Office 365 global administrator credentials. Make sure you are using the same account you used to add the Office 365 node.
Next, add the vanity domain for your Exchange Organization. This domain should be added to your Office 365 tenant and all the DNS records should be configured on your global DNS. For more information on configuring the DNS records for Office 365 domain please refer to the following TechNet article:
Next, you need to prove that you own this domain for which the Hybrid Configuration Wizard will generate a TXT value as shown here:
Add this TXT record in your DNS provider. You can do an NSLookup to verify if a CX has ever set up Hybrid. You will find a lengthy 88 characters TXT record.
Next, you need to choose the servers in your environment:
Specify the IP address of your Public Facing CAS server which is being deployed as a Hybrid Exchange Server:
Next, you need to choose a public third party certificate. Make sure you have specified all the necessary URLs in the Subject Alternative Name of the certificate viz. FQDN of CAS, OWA and Autodiscover record.
Also, you will be able to choose how the mail flow will work according to your need. For more information on Office 365 Hybrid mail flow please refer to the following article:
Click Manage when the mail flow option is chosen:
Upon completion the Hybrid Configuration Wizard will deploy the Hybrid Exchange Server making necessary changes in your current environment.
About Rohit Tambakhe
Rohit Tambakhe works with Cloud Partner Services at Microsoft GTSC India as a Partner Technical Consultant. He is an Engineer by education, profession and passion, and has been working with Microsoft Technologies including System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft Lync 2013, Microsoft Exchange 2010/2013 and Microsoft Office 365 since he graduated from college in 2011.
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PACKT Publishing announces the Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Cookbook
Over 80 hands-on recipes to effectively administer and manage your Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in enterprise environments. Jordan Krause is a Microsoft MVP in the Enterprise Security group. He has the unique opportunity to work daily with the Microsoft networking technologies as a Senior Engineer at IVO Networks. Jordan specializes in Microsoft DirectAccess, and has authored one of the only books available worldwide on this subject. This time Jordan wrote a cookbook for everyone eager to get quick administration solutions for their administrative tasks.
This book will help administrators to understand the essential administrative tasks in Windows Server 2012, and will also introduce them to the new features in R2. Starting with familiarizing readers with the look and feel of Windows Server 2012 R2, they will learn how to navigate through some daily tasks in R2 using the graphical interface, and then reflect on the most common infrastructure tasks needed to create a successful Windows Active Directory environment. Readers will learn how to compose optimal Group Policies and facilitate task automation with PowerShell scripting. By the end of this book, readers will know how to take their Windows Server 2012 R2-powered servers and turn them into any common infrastructure roles that might be required in companies.
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Here are a few IT Pro courses on Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 from the Microsoft Virtual Academy you might want to check out:
Virtualizing & Managing Exchange with Microsoft Cloud OS
Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros
Expanding Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite
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This week we have tips on how you can quickly save attachments in Outlook, how to use Quick Steps to manage your email more effectively, and how you might be able to recover some space on your hard drive if your organization uses Exchange Online or Office 365.
So all these years I've been saving attachments to email attachments in Outlook like this:
But today as I was working on my widescreen monitor an idea popped into my head. Let's see, I've got Outlook open on the left side of my screen and Windows Explorer open on the right, and I can see the destination folder I want in Explorer but I haven't actually opened that folder. So let's see what happens if I click and drag the attachment from the message in the Outlook Reading Pane onto the destination folder in Explorer. Oooh, there's the little plus sign beside the mouse pointer, it's going to work! I release the left mouse button and PRESTO the attachment has been copied into the destination folder!! Double-clicking on the destination folder to open it in Explorer verifies that YES the attachment has been saved! HOORAY!!!
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Michael DeMarco of the Business Solutions & Software Group has a great tip about how you can use the Quick Steps feature in Outlook to quickly breeze through your email:
If you're not familiar with using Quick Steps, you should definitely take a moment and learn as it can help you save a lot of time, especially with making standard replies to different kinds of queries.
A reader who works in a large corporation that uses Microsoft Exchange Online reported that he mysteriously found the hard drive on his laptop filling up mysteriously. So he nosed around and discovered that the profile folder C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Offline Address Books contained dozens of OAB folders each one hundreds of megabytes in size! He deleted all of them, logged off/on, started Outlook, and downloaded the OAB again, and the problem hasn't recurred, and now he's regained about 20 GB of free space on his hard drive. Perhaps the glitch was caused by a transient configuration issue on the server side. Anyways, if you use Exchange Online or Office 365 for your organization's email you might want to check whether a similar issue has been happening on your users' PCs.
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