02-05-2018 04:38 PM - last edited on 02-21-2018 03:16 PM by Michael Holste
We currently have a Office 365 \ Exchange 2010 SP3 hybrid system setup. All mailboxes have been migrated to Office 365. I'd like to create a new server and install Exchange 2016 which would then be the hybrid Exchange server connected to the tenant and I'd then like to retire the old Exchange 2010 server.
Question - Is there any major benefit of doing this? Will it give me any extra functionality just being a hybrid server? Extended support on Exchange 2010 runs out Jan 2020 so I've still got time on my side.
Also, can you get a free product key for Exchange 2016 when using for hybrid purposes? I know you can get an Exchange 2013 license but would prefer a 2016.
02-05-2018 10:53 PMSolution
You can migrate your Exchange server to 2016.
The major benefit is have a supported and recent version of Exchange and Hybrid Configuration.
You can have a Hybrid Server that have all functions that a Exchange have, but you must not have any mailbox on there, you can used to relay mail (for example from Scanners to Office 365).
You can see here to the key of Exchange Hybrid http://aka.ms/hybridkey
02-05-2018 11:18 PM
07-07-2018 08:24 AM
However, as per below article, we are not entitle for hybrid key if we have an existing Exchange 2010 license.
Here is one of the condition mentioned:
My worry is same after year 2020, exchange 2010 sp3 will not be supported, so what are the options?
Do we expect to hear a change at ignite 2018?
06-26-2019 04:57 PM
Yes, once you have installed the new Exchange 2016 server you then run the Hybrid configuration wizard again. It all configures itself and doesn't need much interaction. I was worried there'd be issues but it all worked very smoothly.