Microsoft Exchange Online is one of several cloud-based applications in the Office 365 product line enabled by Microsoft Azure. Exchange Online provides the benefits of reduced spending for physical infrastructure, easier administration, dynamic capacity, data protection, plus other benefits associated with public clouds instead of local IT facilities. Microsoft has engineered Exchange Online to operate seamlessly with local implementations of Exchange, allowing you to create hybrid environments. Hybrid environments include on-premises servers and storage with cloud-based services to create a cohesive IT solution.
Typical motives for combining on-premise Exchange installations with Office 365 Exchange Online are adherence to government or industry mandates or corporate policies that prohibit specific types of mailboxes from being hosted off site, throughput issues involving server virtualization or cloud connectivity, the desire for greater management flexibility, the need to accommodate certain home-grown or outdated environments, corporate culture, or recovery strategies. Also, hybrid deployments are typically implemented for migrating safely from a local to an Office 365 Exchange Online cloud-based model.
If you want a temporary hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online deployment as part of a full move to the cloud or you want to create a robust hybrid network model, Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you with any stage of planning, integrating, administering, and troubleshooting your hybrid system. Progent's Exchange consultants offer as-needed assistance to guide you through stubborn integration issues and also offer end-to-end project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Exchange Online implementation is performed on schedule and on budget.
Office 365 Exchange Online hybrid configurations integrate on-premises and cloud resources
Progent's Exchange Server consultants have extensive experience teaming with Microsoft's Office 365 technical support staff to resolve complex technical problems and Progent offers on-going support services to assist you to manage and refine your hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online solution as your requirements change over time. Progent has two decades of experience providing companies of all sizes high-level consulting support online, and Progent also offers onsite support in metro areas throughout the U.S. (See Progent's client testimonials.)
Hybrid Integration Services for Office 365 Exchange Online
A hybrid implementation of Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange allows you to have a combination local and cloud-hosted mailboxes and brings other important features including:
- Protected mail transfer with a domain namespace and an Outlook Web address shared between on-premises and Office 365 organizations
- A shared GAL with complete recipient information
- A shared availability calendar
- Management of bi-directional mail flow across Office 365 cloud organizations organizations
- Easy movement of mailboxes between on-premises Exchange and Exchange Online including Exchange ActiveSync profile redirection
- Local Exchange Administration Center (EAC) for centralized mailbox management
- Multi-mailbox search across on-premises and Office 365 mailboxes
- Office 365 Archiving for on-premises and cloud-hosted mailboxes
- Transparent incorporation with local and cloud-based implementations of Skype for Business and SharePoint server
- Support for Microsoft Edge Transport server to filter out spam and apply mail flow transport policies
- Single sign-on (SSO) via Azure AD Connect, password sync, or AD FS
- AD FS allows multi-factor authentication and adheres to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)
Hybrid Active Directory Federation Services provides multi-factor authentication and meets FIPS
Office 365 can be deployed under several hybrid architectures. Judicious planning with Progent's solution design consultants can save significant time and money, since re-architecting a poorly conceived deployment can be complex and disruptive. Building an efficient hybrid Exchange Online ecosystem can be intimidating. The complexity depends on the design of your current email environment and the functionality you want to achieve. Basic tasks are:
In the course of implementing a hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online environment, important choices have to be made about local network topology, mail flow, identity, synchronization, security, latency, backup and recovery, archive rules, administration, delegation, mailbox size restrictions, smartphone support, integration with other onsite and cloud-hosted apps, and other issues that affect the architecture and configuration of your hybrid Exchange Online solution. Typically your local Exchange environment will need to be updated.
- Determine your strategic requirements for your hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online solution
- Evaluate your current network resources and modernize as needed
- Plan and validate your new system infrastructure
- Design an implementation plan and identify migration tools
- Identify local vs. Office 365 users
- Select appropriate cloud services and acquire subscriptions
- Add and test the domain of the cloud portal
- Change/Add DNS records
- Use IdFix to clean up on-premises AD and AD FS issues identified by Azure AD Connect and configure on-premises Active Directory and optionally AD FS
- Set up SSO and Directory Sync
- Assign licenses and create Accounts/mailboxes in Office 365
- Export mailboxes to PSTs and import them from PSTs to Office 365 mailboxes
- Integrate smartphones and tablets
- Move public folders
- Activate and Test services
,li>Tune system performance
- Patch and test firewalls and proxy servers
- Train IT management staff and users
Microsoft provides a variety of utilities to assist you to automate many of the steps needed to create a hybrid network for Office 365 Exchange Online. These include the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, Windows PowerShell, the Exchange admin center (EAC), the Office 365 Deployment Readiness tool, and the IdFix Directory Synchronization utility. Realistically, many parts of configuring a hybrid Exchange Online deployment are subject to technical hiccups. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants have dealt extensively with problems related to designing and rolling out hybrid Office 365 Exchange Online projects and can show you how to you follow best practices to avoid problems, solve them efficiently, and protect your users from downtime.
How Progent Can Assist You to Integrate Exchange Online with Your On-premises Environment
Progent's consultants can assist you in every stage of migrating to Exchange Online and integrating your local Exchange implementation with cloud-hosted Exchange. Progent can help you to prioritize your strategic goals, evaluate the suitability of your current network infrastructure, design the architecture for a hybrid solution, create a deployment plan, set up and test a pilot deployment, configure your hybrid system, centralize management functions, optimize performance, organize licenses, provide consulting for business continuity plans, validate security compliance, and provide training for your IT staff and users. Progent can provide cost-effective remote consulting services to assist you to deal with stubborn technical issues, or Progent can provide end-to-end project management outsourcing services to help you complete your hybrid deployment of Exchange Online on schedule and on budget.
In addition to Exchange Online, Microsoft offers other applications within the Office 365 product family. Included among these are Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online, and Project Online. All of these packages can be deployed in cloud-centric or hybrid implementations. Progent's Microsoft-certified O365 integration consultants can help you to create hybrid solutions that incorporate Office 365 packages and on-premises resources by delivering services such as Windows Server expertise, Exchange integration, Skype for Business solution planning and debugging, SQL Server integration and software development, SharePoint planning and development, Office 365 configuration and user training, Microsoft Project consulting, and Dynamics GP support.
To help you to administer your hybrid deployment, Progent offers System Center 2016 management consulting, System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) expertise, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM 2016) expertise, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) support, Virtual Machine Manager hybrid cloud configuration consulting,
Typical samples of remote and onsite consulting services offered by Progent's experts to help organizations to combine Office 365 with on-premises Exchange environments include:
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- Clean email before exporting them into Office 365 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
- Migrate Gmail accounts
- Carry out manual mailbox exports as necessary
- Add accounts to iOS and Google Android devices
- Plan and configure Office 365 archival storage
- Set up local or hybrid email filter appliances from third-party vendors
- Correct Exchange Online synchronization issues with AD clients and Active Directory Global Security Groups
- Resolve Outlook autodiscover issues
- Fix issues with .PST and .OST files
- Specify, configure, test, and troubleshoot mail flow
- Troubleshoot AD FS and AD Connect authentication issues
- Deploy PowerShell scripts for management, repair, and migration
- Work together with Microsoft support technicians to identify and resolve problems at Microsoft's end (e.g., a misconfigured Connector)
- Troubleshoot Office 365 Message Encryption problems
- Update on-premises Exchange Servers to current versions of Exchange and upgrade equipment
- Educate Human Resources on steps to disable accounts for departed workers
If you are looking for help with any facet of interfacing your local Exchange environment with Exchange Online, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
Additional Public Cloud Integration Services from Progent
The choices offered for public cloud products and services are expanding rapidly, making it a serious challenge for information system managers to determine the right cloud solution for their organization. Progent has worked extensively assisting companies of all sizes to plan, implement, and manage hybrid environments that combine multiple cloud products and services from leading public cloud providers. Progent's cloud integration consultants can help you to assess the comparative benefits and shortcomings of different public cloud options and can show you how to create a cloud-centric or hybrid ecosystem that provides maximum competitive value.
Public cloud products and services supported by Progent's consultants include:
Progent's Azure cloud integration experts can help you with any aspect of Azure cloud migration including needs analysis, readiness assessment, solution design, pre-production testing, implementation, automated management, performance optimization, license controls, disaster recovery preparedness, security policy enforcement, and compliance validation. Progent can assist your IT staff to configure and debug firewalls and VPN connections so that your clients can safely access to Azure resources, and Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting experts can help you integrate key Microsoft technologies to work in the cloud including Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange, SQL Server and Skype for Business. Progent can also help your organization to set up a hybrid ecosystem that transparently combines physical datacenters with Azure-based services.
Progent's Office and Office 365 experts can assist businesses to integrate Office desktop and Office 365 applications including Office Excel, Office Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, Visio and Publisher into a seamless solution that offers quick return on investment and enables better business results. Progent can assist you to interface Office or Office 365 applications with one another and with other core Microsoft technologies including SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server deployed locally or hosted in the cloud. Progent's consultants can also assist you to resolve compatibility problems between various releases of Office desktop and can provide live online Office and Office 365 training to individuals and groups.
Progent's Amazon AWS integration consultants offer cost-effective online support to assist companies of any size to access Amazon AWS cloud services including Amazon EC2 for virtual machine hosting, Amazon S3 for scalable low-latency storage, and Glacier for low-cost archival storage. Progent can assist you with every phase of Amazon AWS migration and troubleshooting including needs analysis, readiness assessment, system design, pilot testing, deployment, administration, performance tuning, software license management, backup/restore mechanisms, and security strategies. Progent offers advanced expertise with firewall configuration and VPN access and can help you create cloud-based or hybrid ecosystems that efficiently incorporate Amazon AWS cloud services. Progent offers occasional support or Progent can deliver project management outsourcing to help you migrate smoothly to the Amazon AWS cloud platform.
Amazon Marketplace Web Service is a collection of APIs that enables Amazon sellers to improve the efficiency of their operations by automating crucial sales functions including listings, orders, payments, inbound and outbound fulfillment, and reports. By tapping into Amazon's extensive online selling environment and automating their sales processes, vendors can broaden their reach, lower their cost of sales, improve reaction time to customers, and add to their profits. Progent's Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) consultants can work with your development team and provide application programming, workflow integration, project management support, and training to help you cut development time and expedite your ROI.