Monday, March 17, 2014

Get your Free Hybrid License Key from Microsoft!!!

Now Office 365 is gaining  momentum as ever before, Organizations already using this service getting new enhancements day by day, you can refer my earlier posts on the Office 365 section and also take a look at the Office Blogs for detailed information regarding the innovations and enhancements made to the product in the recent months, with all this being said most of the Larger Enterprises are still evaluating to get migrated to Cloud and best way everyone including Microsoft suggest for Larger Enterprises is to adopt Hybrid Deployment model, this model gives us the flexibility of managing both the On premises and Office 365 Environment seamlessly.

Whether you are Exchange 2003/2007/2010/2013 On premises customer you are eligible to go for Office 365 with Hybrid deployment provided you met few criteria which will be available in the knowledge base article from Microsoft which I am about to share and on which this blog post is written. The most deployment model I saw and worked with is Exchange 2010 based Hybrid model and Microsoft team with the release of Exchange Server 2013 recommends us to install a Exchange Server 2013 multi-role server and deploy the Hybrid environment this can be made possible if your On premises Exchange server version is either Exchange Server 2007 or 2010 with the latest service pack and URs and if you are a Exchange Server 2003 customer you can still go for Hybrid deployment by installing Exchange Server 2010 SP3 on to your Environment and start the migration because you cannot install Exchange 2013 on to a 2003 environment which is a known limitation by design.

Microsoft made the Hybrid License key free for Organizations that are migrating from Exchange Server 2003 or 2007 and this is free for the one's who will be deploying and utilizing the Exchange Server 2010/2013 server for Hybrid purpose alone and also you need to have a valid Office 365 Enterprise subscription. Microsoft recently updated the below Knowledge base article to guide you how to obtain it and also the requirements for you to met to go for this free license with suggested links to follow for a successful Hybrid deployment as an ad-on.

Access the KB here: How to obtain an Exchange Hybrid Edition product key for your on-premises Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2003 organization

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