Microsoft Exchange team announced that the "Exchange Server Deployment Assistant" (ExDeploy) has been enhanced to include support for configuring hybrid deployments using Exchange 2010 SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard.
For those not aware, "ExDeploy is a web-based tool that helps you upgrade to Exchange 2010 on-premises, configure a hybrid deployment between an on-premises and Exchange Online organization or migrate to Exchange Online. It asks you a small set of simple questions, and then based on your answers, it provides a checklist with instructions to deploy or configure Exchange 2010 that are customized to your environment.
- Stand-alone on-premises Exchange installations and upgrades
- Hybrid deployment configurations and
- Cloud-only Exchange deployment scenarios."
"The first in several upcoming scenario additions for configuring hybrid deployments when using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, this new scenario is for Exchange 2003 organizations interested in maintaining some users on-premises and some users hosted in the cloud by Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises. Although limited, interim hybrid deployment configuration support for Exchange 2007 and 2010 on-premises deployments is also included with this update, complete hybrid deployment checklists for the Exchange 2007 and 2010 on-premises scenarios are in progress and will be released soon. Watch this space for announcements about upcoming Exchange 2007 and 2010 hybrid deployment scenario updates," the team explained.
"The new hybrid information for Exchange 2003 environments is only available in English at this time and requires that you add Exchange 2010 SP2 servers to your current Exchange 2003 organization. If you have previously configured a hybrid deployment using the Deployment Assistant and Exchange 2010 SP1 and still need guidance -- Previous Deployment Assistant checklists for configuring hybrid deployments with Exchange 2010 SP1 are now located here," added exchange team.