Office 365 Exchange Deployment Options

One of the decisions that an organization implementing Microsoft Office 365 has to contend with is whether they will be completely cloud or if they will have a hybrid approach with their own servers running Exchange and SharePoint and connecting to the same data source as in Office 365. This method is expensive and unnecessary, despite the persistence of hybrid environments. There may be rare instances, such as in hospitals, that they may have greater compliance needs that require parallel servers running on-site.

For most businesses it is a better investment of their time and money to understand their cloud services enough to take full advantage of the features. There are few options not available on the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud, and it is reliable enough to count on.

For businesses that are going to use a hybrid solution, we will publish ways to handle both Exchange and SharePoint. The following is the proper way to handle the configuration of hybrid Exchange with Office 365.

  1. The first step is to make sure that your Active Directory is compliant with the Office 365 Active Directory Structure according to their published standards.

  2. Run the online utility known as the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant.

  3. Follow the instructions specific to your circumstances.

  4. If you have any difficulties, do not hesitate to call Microsoft, because the customer service is outstanding.

Other options to consider is your E-Mail migration. Migration options exist for many types of mailboxes, but it is usually a better idea to show each user new ways to work with Office 365 rather than trying to put old fixes on top of new software in Office 365.

Manual configuration of mailboxes in Office 365 is also necessary because one feature that is only in Office 365 is the option for turning on the legally compliant E-Mail Archive. This serves a variety of compliance functions including the maintenance of comprehensive business records for legal compliance and informational use. Another use is that Employees will be more careful to conform to your organization’s E-Mail conduct standards because they cannot erase every record of what they sent out. This is an effective tool for helping to avoid lawsuits and controlling employee use of the tool.

For Exchange users, it is worthwhile to perform a migration, because the options will be mostly the same as what is available in Office 365.

For Exchange users not using a migration tool but wishing to include a Global Address List with data from the original. There is a way to import Exchange Global Address List using Windows PowerShell, however we were never able to see it work perfectly. To create a new Global Address List manually takes time in data entry, but it allows the resulting work to be designed for Office 365 and are worth the effort.

For assistance in configuring Exchange for Microsoft Office 365, your best solution is to call on qualified Microsoft Partners who specialize in the Cloud like we do. Call us today at 646-853-0573 for a free consultation and find out more about Microsoft Cloud Solutions for Business.

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