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Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 Hybrid Configuration

shaun molnar on December 8th, 2011 with 0 Comments »

Here is the Hybrid configuration setup process with Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2). Overall a pretty straight forward process.

100 times simpler than before!

Install Exchange 2010 Service pack 2 (SP2)

Click Install Microsoft Exchange Server Upgrade.

Click Next.

Click Next.

Click Upgrade.

I was missing the IIS 6 WMI Compatibility component, so I added the service
role, then clicked rety.

An hour and nine minutes later and we are done.

Reboot your Exchange Server now. If you don’t your Hybrid Configuration wizard will fail.


Initiate the Hybrid Configuration Wizard

Open the Exchange 2010 Management console. In the right hand side pane click on New Hybrid Configuration.

Click New.

Click Finish.



Add the Exchange Online Forrest

On the right hand pane click on Manage Hybrid Configuration.

Click OK.

In the Exchange 2010 Management Console, in the left pane click on the top level ‘Microsoft Exchange‘.

In the right hand side pane click on Add Exchange Forrest.



Specify a friendly name for this Exchange forest: Exchange Online

Specify a FQDN.. Select Exchange Online from the dropdown list.

Click OK.

When prompted enter your credentials or is you have SSO configured.

Once you have Authenticated you will then see Exchange online in your management console.



Setup Hybrid Configuration Wizard

Expand your Exchange On-Premises and select Organization. In the right hand Pane select Manage Hybrid Configuration.

Click Next.

Take note of the pre-requisites:

  • Sign up for the Office 365 for enterprises service.
  • Register any custom domains with Office 365.
  • Deploy Office 365 Active Directory synchronization in you on-premises Exchange organization.
  • Install Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Client Access and Hub Transport roles in your on-premises Exchange organization.
  • Install and assign Exchange services to a valid digital certificate issued by a public Certificate Authority.


Enter your credentials, then click Next.

Click on the Add button. Select your registered domain name, then click ok.

Click Next.

Check – Check to confirm that the TXT records have been created..

Note: Most Australian domain registrars don’t provide the functionality to add a TXT record. It’s not that it can’t be added, you just don’t get the functionality. You will need to phone them up and get the record added over the phone.

Click Next.

Click Add, select your mail server(s).

Click Next.

Click Add. Enter your public IP address for your exchange server.

Specify the FQDN of the on-premises hybrid Hub Transport Server.

Click Next.

Select your valid certificate.

Select Deliver Internet-bound messages directly using the external recipients DNS settings.

Click Next.

Click Manage.




Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

shaun molnar on December 7th, 2011 with 0 Comments »

The long awaited Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 became available today bringing with it a bundle of new capabilities:

Outlook Web App (OWA) Mini A browse-only version of OWA designed for low bandwidth and resolution devices. Based on the existing Exchange 2010 SP1 OWA infrastructure, this feature provides a simple text based interface to navigate the user’s mailbox and access to the global address list from a plurality of mobile devices.

Cross-Site Silent Redirection for Outlook Web App With Service Pack 2, you will have the ability to enable silent redirection when CAS must redirect an OWA request to CAS infrastructure located in another Active Directory site. Silent redirection can also provide a single sign-on experience when Forms-Based Authentication is used.

Hybrid Configuration Wizard Organizations can choose to deploy a hybrid scenario where some mailboxes are on-premises and some are in Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365. Hybrid deployments may be needed for migrations taking place over weeks, months or indefinite timeframes. This wizard helps simplify the configuration of Exchange sharing features, like: calendar and free/busy sharing, secure mailflow, mailbox moves, as well as online archive.
Address Book Policies Allows organizations to segment their address books into smaller scoped subsets of users providing a more refined user experience than the previous manual configuration approach. We also blogged about this new feature recently in GAL Segmentation, Exchange Server 2010 and Address Book Policies.

Customer Requested Fixes All fixes contained within update rollups released prior to Service Pack 2 will also be contained within SP2. Details of our regular Exchange 2010 release rhythm can be found in Exchange 2010 Servicing.

We will be testing the new hybrid configuration and SSO changes over the next few days and will report back our results. Our previous work with the Hybrid configuration and SSO had very mixed results so I am looking forward to seeing what has improved based on customer feedback.