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Making the Transition to Exchange Online: A Guide to Provisioning Hybrid Mailboxes

On Provisioning Mailboxes in Exchange Online When in Hybrid
The Cloud Products and its Related Documentation
Microsoft cloud products such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business are designed to work together in a hybrid environment. This means that users can access their data from both on-premises and cloud-based services. To make this possible, the cloud products must be properly configured and managed. To help with this, Microsoft provides detailed documentation and resources to help customers set up and maintain their cloud products.

What is Exchange Online?
Exchange Online is a cloud-based email service that is part of the Office 365 suite of applications. Exchange Online provides users with a secure, reliable, and feature-rich messaging platform. It enables users to access their mailboxes, calendars, contacts, and tasks from any device, anytime and anywhere. Exchange Online also helps organizations ensure their data is stored in a secure, compliant manner.

Why Provision Mailboxes in Exchange Online?
When setting up a hybrid environment, organizations may choose to provision mailboxes in Exchange Online. This helps ensure that users can access their data from both on-premises and cloud based services. Provisioning mailboxes in Exchange Online also allows organizations to take advantage of the latest features and security updates that are available in the cloud.

Provisioning Mailboxes in Exchange Online When in Hybrid
In a hybrid environment, organizations must configure the Exchange Online service to ensure mailboxes are properly provisioned. This includes configuring the hybrid deployment, creating a migration batch, and setting up the mailboxes in Exchange Online.

Configuring the Hybrid Deployment
The first step in provisioning mailboxes in Exchange Online is to configure the hybrid deployment. This involves setting up the Exchange Online service, configuring the connection between the on-premises and cloud services, and ensuring all required components are in place.

Creating a Migration Batch
Once the hybrid deployment is set up, organizations must create a migration batch. This is a collection of mailboxes that will be migrated from the on-premises environment to Exchange Online. Organizations can use the Exchange Admin Center, the Exchange Management Shell, or a third-party migration tool to create the migration batch.

Setting Up the Mailboxes in Exchange Online
Once the migration batch is created, organizations must set up the mailboxes in Exchange Online. This includes configuring mailbox settings, applying mailbox policies, and setting up the required permissions. Organizations can use the Exchange Admin Center, the Exchange Management Shell, or the Exchange Online PowerShell module to configure the mailboxes.

Conclusion
Provisioning mailboxes in Exchange Online when in hybrid is an important step in setting up and managing a hybrid environment. Organizations must ensure the Exchange Online service is properly configured, create a migration batch, and set up the mailboxes in Exchange Online. By following these steps, organizations can ensure their users have access to their data from both on-premises and cloud-based services.
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On provisioning mailboxes in Exchange Online when in Hybrid

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