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Updates to Microsoft Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard: What You Need to Know

Cloud Architecture: Taking Advantage of the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard
Advantages of Running Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard
The Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) is a tool that enables an organization to deploy an Exchange Hybrid environment. The HCW simplifies the deployment of Exchange Online by providing a single, unified, wizard-based experience for configuring and deploying a hybrid environment. With Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard, organizations can take advantage of the following benefits:

* Simplified setup and configuration
* Simplified user migration and synchronization
* Increased security and control
* Improved user experience

How to Run Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard
To run the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard, you first need to install the latest version of Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard. You can download it from the Microsoft website.

Once the installation is complete, you need to open the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard. You can do this by launching the program from the Windows Start menu.

Once the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard is open, you will be prompted to enter the domain name of the organization you want to configure. You will also need to enter a valid email address that is associated with the organization.

Once the domain name and email address have been entered, the wizard will then guide you through the process of configuring the hybrid environment. This includes setting up the domain, configuring the Exchange Online tenant, and configuring the mail flow between the on-premises and cloud-based mailboxes.

Once the configuration is finished, the wizard will then provide a summary of the configuration. At this point, you can either save the configuration or start the synchronization process.

Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard Best Practices
To ensure that the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard works correctly, there are a few best practices that should be followed. These include:

* Ensure that all DNS records are properly configured for the on-premises environment.
* Ensure that all necessary ports on the firewall are open.
* Ensure that all necessary certificates are installed and configured properly.
* Make sure that the on-premises server and the Exchange Online tenant are running the same version of Exchange.
* Ensure that all network latency requirements are met.
* Test the configuration before deploying it to a production environment.

Conclusion
The Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard is a powerful tool that simplifies the deployment of an Exchange Hybrid environment. By following the best practices outlined above, organizations can ensure that their hybrid environment is configured correctly and is running smoothly.

By taking advantage of the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard, organizations can gain the benefits of running a hybrid environment without having to worry about the complexities of configuring the environment manually. With the Exchange Online Hybrid Configuration Wizard, organizations can easily and quickly deploy an Exchange Hybrid environment and take advantage of the increased security, control, and improved user experience that come with it.
References:
March 2020 significant update to Hybrid Configuration Wizard

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