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Lync Server Certification : 70-664 and 70-665

April 28, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync, Training and certification

Exams 664 and 665 are available in Prometric testing centers! This means that you now can earn the MCTS: Lync Server 2010, Configuration and the MCITP: Lync Server 2010 Administrator certifications. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is an integral part of the Microsoft “software-plus-services” cloud offering, Microsoft Office 365. Earning a Lync Server 2010 certification will distinguish you as skilled in the Microsoft cutting-edge cloud technologies. You can earn the MCTS by passing 664, or pass both 664 and 665 to earn the MCITP.

List of the skills measured on each exam:

Official Classroom training will be : Course 10534A and Course 10533A .

Some other resources :

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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Cram 4 Exam 70-664 Live Meeting Series on Lync Server 2010

January 31, 2011 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync

Lync Server 2010 Technology Specialist series: Exam 70-664  – Microsoft learning

This Cram 4 Exam session will focus on what you need to know to get certified and pass Exam 70-664, the Lync Server 2010 Technology Specialist Microsoft Certified Professional exam. The session is led by an expert Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) that regularly presents on this topic. The presenter will walk you through the objectives that are covered in the exam, give you some general exam taking tips and technology “gotchas” about Lync Server 2010. This session will be your last step in getting ready for this exam.

Monday, February 7, 2011
Start Time: 8am Pacific Time

Presenter: Russ Kaufmann

 

 

 

Lync 2010 ‘s general availability and broadcasted launch event on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

October 28, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync

Microsoft has announced the general availability (GA) for Lync 2010 !

“Which means making Lync 2010 available to customers and partners around the world. We’re on track for GA and planning a worldwide launch event on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. We hope you’ll tune in here: http://www.microsoft.com/lync to watch live demos of the final product, see examples from the more than 100 new Lync certified devices and hear from customers who have deployed early releases of Lync 2010. The launch event, to be broadcast live, will feature a keynote from Chris Capossela, senior vice president of the Microsoft Office Division, who will talk about how Lync fits into Microsoft’s broader productivity platform, including SharePoint, Exchange and Office. Chris will be joined by a few special guests, including Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of the Office Communications Group and Lync R&D team.”

Source : http://blogs.technet.com/b/uc/archive/2010/10/27/microsoft-lync-released-to-manufacturing.aspx

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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 !

Download Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release Candidate (RC)

September 15, 2010 By: Yann Espanet Category: Lync, Office Communication Server

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software delivers streamlined communications including software-powered VoIP, presence, enterprise IM, web conferencing, and A/V conferencing. You can implement these capabilities alongside your existing telephony infrastructure, while retaining rich operational control.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=29366ba5-498f-4d21-bc3e-0b4e8ba58fb1&displaylang=en