SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – Hybrid with Office 365

What BDMs and architects need to know about a Hybrid with Office 365 deployment.


Hybrid with Office 365

Combine the benefits of Office 365 with an on-premises deployment of SharePoint 2013
Choose which features to integrate.

SharePoint Search

  • Users can see search results from both environments.
  • Extranet users can log in remotely with an on-premises Active Directory account and use all available hybrid functionality.

Business Connectivity Services

  • From SharePoint Online: Users can perform both read and write operations.
  • The BCS service connects to an on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 farm.
  • The BCS service configured on the on-premises farm brokers the connection to on-premises OData Service endpoints.

Duet Enterprise Online

  • From SharePoint Online: Users can perform read and write operations against an on-premises SAP system.

Best for

  • Use Office 365 for external sharing and collaboration instead of setting up an extranet environment.
  • Move My Sites (OneDrive for Business) to the cloud to make it easier for users to access their files remotely.
  • Start new team sites in Office 365.
  • Integrate an Office 365 site with on-premises BCS SharePoint environment.

License requirements

  • Office 365 — Subscription model, no additional licenses needed.
  • On-premises — All on-premises licenses apply.

Architecture tasks

In addition to tasks for both the Office 365 and on-premises environments:

  • Determine how much feature integration is desired and choose the hybrid topology.
    See this model poster: Which hybrid topology should I Use?
  • If required, determine which proxy server device will be used.

IT Pro responsibilities

In addition to tasks for both the Office 365 and on-premises environments:

  • Configure the proxy server device, if required
  • Configure the hybrid identity management infrastructure: SSO and server-to-server authentication between the two environments.
  • Configure the integration of chosen features: search, BCS, Duet Enterprise

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