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Microsoft Opens Office 365 Beta to All !

April 20, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync, Office Communication Server, SaaS

Users can test the public beta at Office365.com, which covers 38 countries and regions in 17 languages, Microsoft said. Small businesses can also sign up; in a related contest, five small businesses can win Office 365, a $50,000 marketing package, and a day’s work from a Microsoft executive at the winner’s business or charity of choice.

Finally, Microsoft unveiled an app store as part of the Office 365 site, with 100 apps and 400 professional services available from the established community of more than 16,000 Microsoft cloud partners; new apps and services are scheduled to be added over time, Microsoft said.

Office 365 is a Microsoft solution that integrates Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online in an always up-to-date cloud service. The service is targeted at the small and medium-business customer, one who doesn’t want to buy and support an on-premise server-based solution, and would instead prefer to let Microsoft handle it.

“We’ve been in the cloud for years supporting large enterprises such as Shell and DuPont, but Office 365 takes that same technology power and delivers it to small businesses,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division, in a statement. “More than 70 percent of the people who signed up for the limited beta were small businesses, so it clearly strikes a chord.”

Office 365 Beta Service Descriptions :

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c6ecc6c-64f5-490a-bca3-8835c9a4a2ea

Join the beta :

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/online-software.aspx

Microsoft Lync and Exchange 2010 Poster

February 15, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync, Whitepapers

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster
This poster shows each workload in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software, describing relationships, dependencies, flow of information, and certificate requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad8ff3fb-014e-4fd7-8003-436d896ab0c6

Exchange Server 2010 Architecture Poster
This poster highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=cea0cf7e-d824-49bb-8924-39d66a5fb88e

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Two “Return on investment” (ROI) Reports for UC case: Total Economic Impact case studies on Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, and the Unified Communications Suite.

December 08, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Whitepapers

This two reports helps you to evaluate the potential financial impact of Microsoft Unified Communications on your organization and how to better understand and communicate a business case for investing in UC.

Total Economic Impact case studies on Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, and the Unified Communications Suite.

“The Total Economic Impact Of Microsoft Exchange 2010” 

Microsoft Lync pricing and licensing

September 29, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Lync

Introduction

Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL) model. Under this model, a Lync Server 2010 license is required for each operating system environment running Lync Server 2010. A CAL is required for each user or device accessing the Lync Server.
You can acquire Lync Server 2010 CAL as standalone servers and Client Access licenses (CAL) or you can purchase the CALs as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite.
Lync 2010 is the client software used to interact with the Lync Server 2010 Server and is licensed separately as a standalone license, or available via Office 2007 Pro Plus and Office 2007 Enterprise.

Server Offerings

  • Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition:
    Standard Edition requires that primary server components, as well as the database for storing user and conference information, be configured on a single computer.  Standard Edition is recommended for organizations that do not require higher availability through load balancing.
  • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition:
    Enterprise Edition enables separation of server functionality and data storage to achieve higher capacity and availability. Enterprise Edition is recommended for organizations that require higher availability through load balancing.

CAL Offerings

  • Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL
  • Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL

See all details on this page :
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx

Price comparison with OCS R2:

Server Licence

  • Same price for the OCS R2 standard or enterprise edition.
Type OCS 2007 R2 Lync Server 2010 Standard
Server Standard Edition $699 $699
Enterprise Edition $3,999 $3,999

Client Access Licence

A CAL is required for each user or device accessing the Lync Server.
You have three types of client’s CALs with Lync Server 2010:

  • Standard CAL :
    Your basic individual license. It grants instant messaging, Presence, conferencing and PC-to-PC calls. You must purchase a Standard CAL before you can purchase an Enterprise or Plus CAL though.
  • Enterprise CAL :
    This license adds in more conferencing capabilities. Multi-party video conference, application sharing, support for joining a conference with a PBX or PSTN phone…that sort of thing.
  • Plus CAL :
    The Plus CAL licenses much of the voice capabilities in Lync. Like receiving calls from a PSTN line, call forwarding, and initiating a multi-person audio conference (Lync and PSTN lines).

Comparison of Features for Enterprise Voice Technology with OCS R2

Feature Enterprise CAL Plus CAL
OCS 2007 R2 Lync 2010 OCS 2007 R2 Lync 2010
Ad-hoc multi-party (3+) audio conference (including dial-out to PSTN and/or PBX user) X X N/A X
UC and PBX Call Control (click to call, answer, hold, resume, transfer, park, and retrieve) X X
Visual access to voicemail (requires Exchange UM for voicemail) X X
Additional telephony features (call park and receive, report malicious call, inbound private line) X
Routing Rules (includes team call, call forward, simul-ring) X X
E911 capabilities X X
Delegation X X
Response Group Agent and Agent Anonymity X X
Office Communicator – OC Phone Edition based phone devices “better together” X X
Survivable Branch Appliance X

 

Price comparison for Client Access Licence between OCS R2 and Lync Server 2010

Type OCS 2007 R2 Lync Server 2010
Standard CAL $31 $31
Enterprise CAL $139 $107
Plus CAL Not applicable $107

Remarks:

  • The price for Enterprise CALS is only $107 – as opposed to the $139 you needed per OCS 2007 Enterprise CAL.
  • The Lync Standard CAL can be used for both presenter and attendees of conference including audio/video. In previous OCS R2 version, an Enterprise CAL was required for presenters of conferences including audio/video.
  • The Enterprise CAL no longer includes making/receiving PSTN calls (Enterprise Voice).  For this you need a Plus CAL.
  • The Plus CAL gives you the basic make/receive capability of Enterprise Voice, plus all the other voice features such as multi-party audio conferencing, all the new calling features (park, E911, etc.), delegation, and response groups.

The CALs are additive, meaning that you must buy the Standard CAL and then add the Plus Cal or the enterprise CAL, or both of them.

Standard CAL:

  • PC-to-PC IM, Audio, Video and file transfer joins conference.

Price: $31

Standard CAL + Enterprise CAL

  • PC-to-PC IM, Audio, Video and file transfer. Joins conference.
  • Initiate/Schedule ad-hoc multi-party (3+) audio conference (including dial-out to PSTN and/or PBX user)

Price: $31 + $107 =$138

Standard CAL + Plus CAL

  • PC-to-PC IM, Audio, Video and file transfer joins conference.
  • Dial out and receive calls to/from PSTN  Improved
  • Call Control, Voice Mail (Exchange UM)

Price: $31 + $107 =$138

Standard CAL + Enterprise CAL + Plus CAL

  • PC-to-PC IM, Audio, Video and file transfer joins conference.
  • Initiate/Schedule ad-hoc multi-party (3+) audio conference (including dial-out to PSTN and/or PBX user)
  • PC-to-PC IM, Audio, Video and file transfer joins conference.
  • Dial out and receive calls to/from PSTN  Improved
  • Call Control, Voice Mail (Exchange UM)

Price: $31 + $107 + $107 =$245

It means that if you want to have all the features (PC-to-PC, Video conference and dial-out to pstn ), you need to pay 245 $ instead of 138 $….

Other Licencing needs :

  • Other Offerings Public IM Connectivity (PIC) remains a separate license, unchanged from the current Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offerings.
  • Additional Software are components associated with the Server license (either the Enterprise Edition or the Standard Edition):
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as Deployed in:
    • Archiving and Monitoring Server Role
    • Audio/Video Conferencing Server Role
    • Central Management Server Role
    • Lync Web Application Server Role
    • Director Role
    • Edge Server Role
    • Group Chat Server Role
    • Mediation Server Role
    • Reach Application Sharing Server Role
    • Survivable Branch Appliance Role
    • Unified Communications Application Server Role
    • Web Conferencing Server Role
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Web App Plug-In
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Administration Tool
    • Microsoft Lync 2010 in UISuppressionMode
    • Topology Builder
    • Administrative Tools
    • Microsoft PowerShell Snap-In

The major change is that the Edge Server is now included as Additional Software, meaning that you no longer need to license it !

Hosted Unified Communications Virtual Experience : try OCS R2 with Exchange 2010 for 60 days !

February 18, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Office Communication Server, SaaS

With the Microsoft Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you can see first-hand how Microsoft’s Unified Communications solution can help you harness the power of software to streamline communications between people anytime, anywhere, free for 60-days.

NB : Use AALL in the company name if you want to test it with me !

See how it works

By registering for the Unified Communications Virtual Experience, you will discover how you can:

  • Gain the power to connect with the right person, right now from within familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft Office applications ”with one click”
  • Bring people together quickly and easily ”anytime, anywhere”
  • Break down communication silos ”whether people are down the hall, across continents, or constantly on the road”

Evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate on Windows 2008 R2

August 27, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Webcast

You can download Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate to the Microsoft Download Center!

This is the build number 14.00.0639.011 and you can download it from here :  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c6d27da1-ba2c-4570-a491-c0d7b39ede8b

This build is compatible with both Windows 2008 SP2 and Windows 2008 R2 (from RC1 through to RTM). As we changed the store schema between the Exchange Beta and RC, there’s no in-place upgrade from the Beta release. However, we will support in-place upgrade from the Release Candidate through to the final RTM build.

Extract from “Paul Bowden – Release Manager – Exchange Server”

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Here’s a quick start guide to get you up and running as quickly as possible with the new build:

 

Windows 2008

1.       Install Windows Server 2008 x64 (Standard or Enterprise – but not Core or Web Server) and join the appropriate domain

2.       Install Service Pack 2 from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262148.aspx

3.       Install .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7

4.       Install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Update from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=98E83614-C30A-4B75-9E05-0A9C3FBDD20D

5.       Install the combined PowerShell v2/Windows Remote Management package (Windows 6.0-KB968930.msu) from Connect (public link TBD)

6.       Open a command prompt, and use the installation scripts from the \Scripts sub-folder on the installation media to enable operating system components:

a.       For a typical installation of Client Access, Hub Transport, and the Mailbox role, run:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Typical.xml

a.       For a Client Access role only, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-CAS.xml

b.      For a Hub Transport role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Hub.xml

c.       For a Mailbox role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-MBX.xml

d.      For a Unified Messaging role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-UM.xml

e.      For an Edge Transport role, enter:

  • ServerManagerCmd –ip <media>\Scripts\Exchange-Edge.xml

7.       For Hub Transport and/or Mailbox roles, install the Office Filter Pack from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

8.       Run the Setup.exe program from the Exchange 2010 installation media

Windows 2008 R2

1.       Install Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard or Enterprise – but not Core, Web Server or Foundation Server) and join the appropriate domain

2.       Open a Windows PowerShell console window from the Accessories menu

3.       Enter “Import-Module ServerManager” and press return

4.       Use the Add-WindowsFeature cmdlet to enable operating system components:

a)      For a typical installation of Client Access, Hub Transport, and the Mailbox role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

b)      For a Client Access role only, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Dyn-Compression,NET-HTTP-Activation,RPC-Over-HTTP-Proxy

c)       For a Hub Transport role or Mailbox role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server

d)      For a Unified Messaging role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,Web-Server,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Metabase,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console,WAS-Process-Model,RSAT-Web-Server,Desktop-Experience

e)      For an Edge Transport role, enter:

  • Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework,RSAT-ADDS,ADLDS

5.       For Hub Transport and/or Mailbox roles, install the Office Filter Pack from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC

6.       Restart the computer

7.       Run the Setup.exe program from the Exchange 2010 installation media

Exchange 2010 and Upgrades from Windows 2008 R2 RC1 (build 7100) to RTM (build 7600)

You can upgrade the R2 operating system of a server that currently has Exchange 2010 installed. The steps are as follows:

i.                     Take an existing server running Windows 2008 R2 Release Candidate (build 7100) and Exchange 2010 pre-RTM

ii.                   Upgrade Exchange 2010 to R4 DF-Final

iii.                  Copy c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config\schema\wsmanconfig_schema.xml to a safe place

iv.                 Insert the Windows 2008 R2 RTM (build 7600) installation media and choose ‘Upgrade’

v.                   After several restarts, the server should now be upgraded

vi.                 Copy your saved-off wsmanconfig_schema.xml file to c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\config\schema\

NOTE: In-place upgrades of Exchange 2010 servers running Windows 2008 SP2, to Windows 2008 R2 are not tested or supported.

Active Directory Configuration

a.       The schema master must be running a minimum of Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1

b.      The forest must be in Windows Server 2003 functionality mode (or later)

c.       All Exchange 2010 servers must be able to communicate with a global catalog server which is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (or later)

d.      Read-only domain controllers (RODC) are not supported with Exchange 2010

e.      We generally recommend that you install Exchange 2010 on member servers versus domain controllers. This helps to secure your installation

Enjoy your test !

Echange 2010 and Windows Mobile 6.5 preview on Technet Edge

July 07, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010

Adam Glick from Microsoft demonstrates the newest Exchange 2010 features for Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 :

  • conversation view
  • ignore/move conversation
  • voice mail preview
  • voice to text
  • get free/busy
  • allow/block/quarantine phone list
  • new reporting
  • Windows Mobile OS automatic update
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    Exchange 2010 Video on Technet

    July 07, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2010, Webcast

  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by Unified

    Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging is Microsoft’s second generation unified messaging and voice mail solution. In this webcast, learn about the features,

  • TechNet Webcast: Storage in Exchange 2010 (Level 300)

    Exchange 2010 carries on the tradition that began in Exchange Server 2007 of dramatically reducing mailbox storage costs. Attend this webcast and learn how

  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 High Availability (Level 300)

    In this webcast, we reveal the changes and improvements to the built-in high availability platform in Exchange Server 2010. Exchange 2010 includes a unified

  • Exchange 2010: The Future of Collaboration

    19 Jun 2009 The upcoming release of Exchange 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment,

  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Management Tools (Level 300)

    Exchange 2010 includes new capabilities that make the operation of your Exchange environment more efficient. Learn how we’ve made the Exchange Management

  • Updates to Exchange Server 2010 specifically to support law firms

    This event will provide you with important information on the changes made to the upcoming Exchange Server 2010. The discussion will focus on how Microsoft

  • Exchange Server 2010 (Beta) Setup and Deployment Virtual Lab

    17 Jun 2009 They wish to install Exchange Server 2010 on a single server. Northwind Traders must make sure that the server is adequately prepared and

  • ES: Microsoft Unified Communications Solutions – Microsoft

    Microsoft’s product plans for the next release code named Exchange 2010 focuses around three o Operational Flexibility – With Exchange Server 2010,