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How to Activate Exchange Server 2013 with a Free Hybrid License


How to Activate Exchange Server 2013 with a Free Hybrid License




If you are planning to migrate your mailboxes from Exchange Server 2013 to Exchange Online in Microsoft 365, you may want to keep an Exchange Server on-premises for management purposes. However, you may not want to pay for an Exchange Server license if you are only using it as a hybrid server. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a free Exchange Hybrid license for Exchange Server 2013 that you can use in this scenario. In this article, we will show you how to activate Exchange Server 2013 with a free hybrid license using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW).




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What is the Exchange Hybrid license?




The Exchange Hybrid license is a special license that Microsoft offers for customers who are migrating their mailboxes from Exchange Server 2013 to Exchange Online. The license allows you to run one Exchange Server 2013 on-premises without paying for a full license, as long as you use it only for hybrid deployment and management tasks. The license is valid for as long as you have an active Microsoft 365 subscription.


The Exchange Hybrid license supports the following versions of Exchange Server:


  • Exchange Server 2010



  • Exchange Server 2013



  • Exchange Server 2016



  • Exchange Server 2019 (Exchange Server 2019 CU12 or later)



You can use the latest version of Exchange Server that is supported in your organization for hybrid deployment. For example, if you have Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2013 in your environment, you can use Exchange Server 2013 as your hybrid server.


How to activate Exchange Server 2013 with a free hybrid license?




To activate Exchange Server 2013 with a free hybrid license, you need to use the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) that you can download from Microsoft. The HCW will guide you through the steps of configuring your hybrid deployment and retrieving the free hybrid license from Microsoft. You will need to sign in with your Microsoft 365 credentials to acquire the license.


Here are the steps to activate Exchange Server 2013 with a free hybrid license:


  • Download the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) from https://aka.ms/HybridWizard. If you have any issues with downloading or running the HCW, you can refer to this article: Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard canât start.



  • Run the HCW on the Exchange Server 2013 that you want to activate with the free hybrid license. This will ensure that the correct server is detected by the HCW.



  • Click on Next on the first screen of the HCW.



  • Sign in with your Microsoft 365 credentials when prompted. This will retrieve the free hybrid license from Microsoft and apply it to your Exchange Server 2013.



  • You can close the HCW after signing in. You don't have to complete all the steps of the HCW to activate your server. You can run the HCW again later when you are ready to configure your hybrid deployment.



How to verify that your Exchange Server 2013 is activated?




To verify that your Exchange Server 2013 is activated with the free hybrid license, you can use either the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) or PowerShell (Exchange Management Shell).


To check the license status in EAC, follow these steps:


  • Sign in to EAC using the FQDN of your Exchange Server 2013 in the format https:///ecp.



  • Navigate to Servers > Servers.



  • Select your Exchange Server 2013 and click on Edit.



  • Go to General > Product key.



  • You should see that your server is licensed as "Exchange Hybrid Edition".



To check the license status in PowerShell, follow these steps:


Open PowerShell as an administrator on your Exchange Server e0e6b7cb5c


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