Support On-Premises Users Accessing Office 365 Site Mailboxes

Time after time, Microsoft decided to change their company presentation to “mobile first – cloud first”. There are currently many Office 365 features, which are reserved for cloud-only users, such as Delve (Office Graph), Groups, Sway, Yammer, etc. and there are no plans to make them for on-premise customers available. This depends, among other things, on the complex configuration and the customer needs; not all on-premise users will have Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync installed.

In this topic, I will discuss the possibility to connect an Exchange Hybrid deployment with Office 365 to use site mailboxes.

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Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU8 and updated UM Language Packs. Cumulative Update 8 includes the following new features and improvements:

• Calendar and Contact Modern Public Folders favorites added in Outlook are now accessible in OWA

• Batch Migration of Public Folders to 2013 improves migration throughput and PF migration experience

• The number of supported Public Folders has increased once again for on-premises deployments (O365 limits remain the same)

• Migrating up to 500,000 public folders, a 200% increase from CU7

• Support up to 1,000,000 public folders, a 400% increase from CU7

• Smoother migration for EAS clients to Office 365 with automatic profile redirect upon successful Hybrid migration to Office 365 (EAS client must support HTTP 451 redirect)

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.

Download Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013

Managing Exchange recipients

Exchange Server has two options with which an administrator can successfully manage the environment. These options are accessed through the EAC, which replaces the Exchange Management Console (EMC), the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) in Exchange 2010, and the Exchange Management Shell (EMS). The EAC is a web browser-based that you use to manage Exchange and can be used for administrators and end-users to perform various management tasks. Administrative tasks that can be completed in EAC including managing mailboxes, contacts, groups and User and Administrator roles. However, if you want to perform many tasks or have greater control over the Exchange environment, you need to become familiar with the EMS, especially when performing bulk administration.

EMS has been designed so that you can automate repetitive administrative tasks, and it’s a best practice to become familiar with how EMS can be used in your Exchange organization. EMS is used to manage any Exchange objects, including those in a cloud tenant domain that is linked to an on-premises organization.

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