Office 365/Hybrid Exchange and New Mailboxes

During my short time with O365 and especially the Exchange Hybrid configuration, I did discover the one of the hardest things to do is to decide which is the best course of action for creating new mailboxes. Either create them on-prem first and then do a migration to the cloud or start from the cloud and then configure a remote mailbox at the on-prem?

Personally i do prefer creating the remote mailbox and the O365 user/mailbox at once by using the New-RemoteMailbox command. But there is something missing in the parameters , the Shared Mailbox trigger.

So for creating a  mailbox in the a Hybrid environment, and then if it is needed to make a Shared on we would first connect to Exchange management shell,  use the get-Credential command to set the username and credentials that you will use for the mailbox.cred

[PS] C:\>New-RemoteMailbox -name “test shared1” -Password $cred.password -UserPrincipalName testshared1@fintzstack.com

And after running the above command you will have the result below, which creates a user mailbox on the O365 and a remote mailbox in the on-prem with a Routing E-mail address pointing to the testshard1@fintzstack.mail.onmicrosoft.com.

created

The last thing that was left for us to do , in case we need a Shared mailbox, is to go to the O365 Exchange admin portal > Recipients > Mailboxes and search for the newly created user mailbox. At the right side there is the option to convert it to a shared mailbox and we have to wait for the process to finish.

convert2

Afterwards at the Recipients > Shared you can search for the freshly converted mailbox and add the needed permissions or configuration that you have to.

Again thank you for your time reading this guide.

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