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Configure hybrid with Skype for Business Online

Skype for Business Server 2015
 

Topic Last Modified: 2015-07-27

This section guides you through deploying the prerequisites for a hybrid deployment, and then configuring your deployment to manage users between Skype for Business Server on-premises and Skype for Business Online.

A Skype for Business Server 2015 hybrid environment refers to a deployment in which there are some users homed to the on-premises Skype for Business Server 2015 and other users homed to Skype for Business Online, but users share the same domain, such as user@contoso.com.

The following table lists the steps required to prepare your environment for a hybrid deployment with Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Office 365. For information about requirements for hybrid, see Plan your hybrid deployment.

 

Completed? Step Description

Create a tenant account for Office 365 and enable Skype for Business Online

Learn about Office 365 and Skype for Business Online at Office 365.

To make sure that your environment is ready for Office 365, see the System Requirements.

For details about setting up Office 365, see Getting Started with Office 365.

Add your domain and verify ownership

Your domain is sometimes also referred to as your vanity domain. You must add your domain to your Office 365 tenant, and then follow the steps to validate the domain with Office 365. This is to confirm that you are the owner of the domain.

To add your domain to your Office 365 tenant, follow the steps described at Add your domain to Office 365.

Prepare for Active Directory synchronization

Active Directory synchronization keeps your on-premises Active Directory continuously synchronized with Office 365. This lets you create synchronized versions of each user account and group, and also enables global address list (GAL) synchronization from your local Microsoft Exchange Server environment to Microsoft Exchange Online. For more information, see Directory Integration Tools.

importantImportant:
You need to synchronize the AD accounts for all Skype for Business users in your organization between your on-premises and online deployments, even if users are not moved to Skype for Business Online. If you do not synchronize all users, communication between on-premises and online users in your organization may not work as expected.

Move pilot users

After you have completed the steps to prepare and configure your environment for Skype for Business Online, you can start moving pilot users to your online Office 365 tenant. See Move users to Skype for Business Online.

Administering users in a hybrid deployment

For details about how to administer users in a hybrid deployment, see Manage users in a hybrid deployment.

 
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