Microsoft Exchange Online is one of Microsoft's cloud-hosted applications included in the Office 365 family supported by Microsoft Azure. Exchange Online offers the advantages of reduced spending for physical infrastructure, easier administration, dynamic scale, data protection, and other advantages inherent with public clouds instead of local IT facilities. Microsoft has designed Exchange Online to work transparently with local implementations of Exchange Server, enabling customers to create hybrid information systems. Hybrid networks include local resources with cloud services to create a unified IT solution.
Typical motives for combining on-premise Exchange installations with Exchange Online include compliance with regulatory standards or corporate policies that prevent certain mailboxes from being located off site, throughput issues related to virtualization or cloud latency, the need for more administrative control, the ability to accommodate certain home-grown or outdated systems, company culture, or business continuity plans. Also, hybrid systems are often on the critical path for moving non-disruptively from an on-premises to an Office 365 Exchange Online cloud-centric environment.
If you want a temporary hybrid Exchange Online deployment as part of a migration to Azure or you want to build a long-term hybrid environment, Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team are available help you with any facet of planning, configuring, managing, and debugging your hybrid solution. Progent's Exchange experts can deliver occasional assistance to help resolve stubborn integration bottlenecks and also can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online implementation is performed on schedule and within.
Exchange Online hybrid configurations span on-premises and cloud resources
Progent's Exchange Server specialists have valuable experience working with Microsoft's Office 365 technical support staff to resolve complicated integration problems and Progent can provide as-needed expertise to assist your business to maintain and refine your hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online ecosystem as your requirements evolve. Progent has two decades of background providing organizations of all sizes advanced consulting support remotely, and Progent can also provide on-premises expertise in metro areas across the U.S. (Refer to Progent's client testimonials.)
Hybrid Integration Services for Exchange Online
A hybrid implementation of Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange supports a combination local and cloud-hosted mailboxes and brings other key features such as:
- Secure mail routing with a domain namespace and an Outlook Web address shared between on-premises and Office 365 cloud networks
- A shared global address list with complete recipient information
- A shared availability calendar
- Management of bi-directional mail flow across Office 365 cloud organizations organizations
- Simple movement of mailboxes between on-premises Exchange and Office 365 Exchange Online including Exchange ActiveSync profile redirection
- On-premises Exchange Administration Center (EAC) for unified mailbox administration
- Multi-mailbox search on on-premises and Exchange Online mailboxes
- Office 365 Exchange Online Archiving for local and Office 365 mailboxes
- Transparent integration with on-premises and/or Azure-hosted deployments of Skype for Business and SharePoint
- Support for Microsoft Edge Transport server to filter out junk mail and enforce mail flow transport rules
- Single sign-on (SSO) via Azure AD Connect, password synchronization, or Active Directory FS
- Active Directory FS allows multi-factor authentication and adheres to FIPS
Hybrid AD FS offers multi-factor authentication and meets FIPS
Office 365 Exchange Online supports a variety of hybrid architectures. Careful planning with Progent's solution design experts can save you considerable effort and expense, since re-architecting a poorly conceived implementation can be difficult and distracting. Creating an efficient hybrid Office 365 solution can be intimidating. The complexity depends on the design of your current email environment and the functionality you intend to achieve. Basic steps include:
Within the course of implementing a hybrid Office 365 deployment, important choices must made concerning local network topology, mail flow, authentication, synchronization, compliance, latency, disaster recovery, mailbox retention rules, administration, delegation, size limits, mobile device registration, integration with other on-premises and cloud-hosted apps, and additional issues that affect the design and configuration of your hybrid Office 365 deployment. Usually your local Exchange system will need to be brought up to date.
- Determine your essential requirements for your hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online deployment
- Assess your existing network resources and update as necessary
- Plan and test your new system infrastructure
- Design an implementation plan and select migration technologies
- Identify on-premises vs. cloud clients
- Select required Office 365 services and purchase subscriptions
- Add and test the domain of the Office 365 portal
- Update DNS records
- Utilize IdFix to clean up on-premises AD errors identified by Azure AD Connect and configure on-premises Active Directory and optionally AD FS
- Configure SSO and Directory Sync
- Assign licenses and create Accounts/mailboxes in Office 365
- Export mailboxes to PSTs and import them from PSTs to Exchange Online mailboxes
- Register smartphones and tablets
- Migrate public folders
- Activate and Test services
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- Patch and verify firewalls and proxy servers
- Educate network management staff and clients
Microsoft has developed a variety of useful tools to help you to automate many of the tasks required to create a hybrid network for Office 365. These utilities include the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW), Windows PowerShell, the Exchange admin center (EAC), the Office 365 Deployment Readiness tool, and the IdFix Directory Synchronization tool. In practice, many parts of configuring a hybrid Office 365 solution are subject to technical missteps. Progent's Microsoft-certified experts have dealt extensively with problems associated with planning and implementing hybrid Office 365 deployments and can show you how to you follow leading practices to anticipate problems, solve them quickly, and protect your clients from downtime.
How Progent Can Help You to Integrate Office 365 Exchange Online with Your Local Resources
Progent's consultants can assist you in every stage of moving to Office 365 and integrating your local Exchange system with cloud-hosted Exchange. Progent can help you to define your strategic objectives, evaluate the readiness of your existing network infrastructure, plan the topology for a hybrid environment, devise a deployment process, set up and test a pilot system, configure your hybrid system, automate administrative tasks, optimize performance, organize licenses, provide expertise for disaster recovery plans, assess security compliance, and deliver training for your IT staff and clients. Progent offers affordable remote consulting and troubleshooting to help you to deal with occasional technical issues, or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing services to help you finish your hybrid deployment of Office 365 Exchange Online on time and on budget.
In addition to Exchange Online, Microsoft offers other applications that are part of the Office 365 family. Included among these are Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Project Online. All of these packages can be integrated with one another in cloud-centric or hybrid implementations. Progent's Microsoft-certified Office 365 configuration experts can assist you to build hybrid solutions that incorporate Office 365 packages and on-premises infrastructure by providing advanced services that include Windows Server expertise, Exchange integration, Skype for Business system planning and debugging, SQL Server configuration and application development, SharePoint design and development, Office 365 integration and training, Microsoft Project consulting, and Dynamics GP maintenance.
To assist you to manage your hybrid deployment, Progent offers System Center 2016 consulting services, System Center Data Protection Manager consulting, SCOM support, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) support, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) hybrid cloud configuration expertise,
Common examples of online and on-premises consulting support provided by Progent to help organizations to integrate Office 365 Exchange Online with local Exchange deployments include:
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- Clean folders before moving them into Exchange Online
- Configure authentication with Office 365 and local Domain Users
- Configure Office 365 Exchange Online and assign purchased licenses
- Rebuild profiles of Windows clients
- Move Gmail accounts
- Carry out manual mailbox migrations as required
- Register email accounts to iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets
- Plan and configure Office 365 Archiving
- Set up local or hybrid email filter appliances from other vendors
- Correct Exchange Online sync problems with AD Users and Active Directory Global Security Groups
- Resolve Outlook autodiscover issues
- Resolve issues with MX and SPF records
- Define, implement, verify, and troubleshoot mail flow
- Troubleshoot Active Directory Federation Services and AD Connect authentication problems
- Utilize PowerShell scripts for management, repair, and email migration
- Work together with Microsoft staff to isolate and repair problems at Microsoft's end (for example, a corrupted Connector)
- Troubleshoot Office 365 Message Encryption problems
- Update on-premises Exchange Servers to current versions of Exchange and upgrade equipment
- Train Human Resources on steps to disable accounts for terminated employees
If you are looking for help with any aspect of interfacing your local Exchange system with Office 365, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.
Other Cloud Integration Solutions from Progent
The options offered for public cloud products and services are increasing continually, making it hard for information system managers to select the best cloud strategy for their organization. Progent has worked extensively helping companies ranging from startups to large enterprises to plan, deploy, and maintain hybrid networks that combine multiple cloud services from major public clouds. Progent's cloud integration experts can help you to understand the comparative advantages and shortcomings of different public cloud offerings and can help you build a cloud-centric or hybrid ecosystem that delivers maximum business value.
Public cloud products and services supported by Progent include:
Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and integration experts can assist you with every phase of Azure cloud migration including requirements definition, readiness assessment, system design, pilot testing, deployment, centralized management, performance optimization, license controls, disaster recovery strategies, security planning, and regulatory compliance validation. Progent can help your IT staff to set up and debug firewall appliances and VPN tunnels so your clients can safely access to Azure-based services, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can assist you set up critical Microsoft platforms to work in Azure including Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL and Skype for Business. Progent can also assist your organization to set up a hybrid ecosystem that seamlessly integrates on-premises datacenters with Azure-based services.
Progent's Office and Office 365 consultants can assist companies of any size to incorporate Microsoft Office desktop and Office 365 applications such as Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Access, Visio and OneNote into a cohesive productivity solution that offers fast ROI and enables better business results. Progent can help your company to interface Microsoft Office or Office 365 apps with each other and with other key Microsoft technologies including SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server running locally or in the cloud. Progent can also assist you to resolve compatibility issues with various releases of Office and can provide live online Office and Office 365 instruction to individuals and teams.
Progent's Amazon AWS integration experts can provide affordable online support to help businesses to access Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services such as Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for scalable cloud storage, and Glacier for value-priced archival storage. Progent can assist you with every aspect of Amazon AWS integration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, architectural design and review, testing, configuration, centralized administration, performance optimization, licensing management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security and compliance. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewalls and VPN technology and can help you deploy cloud-based or hybrid networking models that efficiently integrate Amazon AWS services. Progent can provide occasional expertise or Progent can deliver project management outsourcing to help you migrate efficiently to the Amazon AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) is an integrated library of APIs that allows Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their operations by automating crucial sales activities such as listings, orders, shipments, fulfillment, and reports. By leveraging Amazon's vast online selling environment and automating their sales, vendors can broaden their market, reduce their operating costs, accelerate reaction time to customers, and add to their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service developers can collaborate with your development staff and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and mentoring so you can cut development time and costs and expedite your ROI.