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Administrators may encounter issues using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) to configure their  Exchange Hybrid  environments. That’s because Microsoft deprecated Remote PowerShell in Exchange Online. In this article, you will learn about the Hybrid Configuration Wizard connecting to remote server failure and the solution to it.

Remote PowerShell deprecation

The deprecation of Remote PowerShell in Exchange Online impacts the functionality of certain features and tools, including the  Hybrid Configuration Wizard. This deprecation leads to an error message in the Hybrid Configuration Wizard.

Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message: Connecting to remote server outlook.office365.com failed with the following error message : For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.

Hybrid Configuration Wizard connecting to remote server failed error

Solution to Hybrid Configuration Wizard Error

Microsoft released an update for the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and resolved the connecting to remote server failure because of the Remote PowerShell deprecation.

The solution to this error is to download the latest Hybrid Configuration Wizard from https://aka.ms/HybridWizard (Microsoft) and run it.

Note: You don’t need to upgrade HCW if you have already configured Hybrid in the past. In the future, if you plan to re-run HCW, you should remove the old HCW version and download and run the latest HCW to configure Hybrid.

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