#Lync Video Interoperability Program – #ocs #polycom #rmx #mtu #vtc

Lync Video Interoperability Program

Allow partner solutions to make and accept video calls with Lync 2010 or Office Communications Server 2007 R2

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/lync/hh239757.aspx

Microsoft Lync Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing
http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/Workloads/Pages/conferencing-software.aspx

#Exchange 2010 Architecture: Microsoft’s Rajesh Jha Talks About the Future of Exchange #Office365

http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/exchange-server-2010/Exchange-2010-Architecture-Microsoft-s-Rajesh-Jha-Talks-About-the-Future-of-Exchange

…To round out this series, I spoke with Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha about what the future holds for Exchange Server. Of course, much of this conversation focused on the role Exchange plays in Office 365 and the cloud, but Rajesh also had a lot to say about the importance of listening and responding to the requirements of customers and embracing changes in technology as a way to move the Exchange team forward…

Microsoft #Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Chapter: External User Access @DrRez

http://blogs.technet.com/b/drrez/archive/2011/08/16/microsoft-lync-server-2010-resource-kit-external-user-access.aspx

This chapter describes the most common remote access scenarios, and then provides detailed call flow diagrams, traces, and related ms-diagnostics codes. Overviews of the basic scenarios are provided, giving context for how users make various connections.

The most common call flow scenarios that involve remote user access are described in detail and as follows:

•Instant Messaging: peer-to-peer, internal user to federated partner, and internal user to PIC user.
•Conferencing: application sharing conference (desktop sharing), and audio and video Conferencing.
•Enterprise Voice: peer-to-peer audio, involving two remote participants; peer-to-peer audio, involving a federated partner; and a PSTN gateway audio call, involving a remote user.

You can download this and other Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit chapters from the Download Center

Remote Conferencing with #Lync Web App with #Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Reverse Proxy #TMG @DrRez

These two articles provide a step-by-step solution for configuring Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 as a reverse proxy that provisions remote access for Lync Web App conferencing users.

New #Polycom #Videoconference System Comes With #Lync @Graham_Walsh

Videoconference system vendor Polycom has introduced a new room video telepresence system that comes with the Microsoft Lync unified communications platform built right in. Because the Polycom CX7000 Unified Collaboration System features tight integration with Lync, participants in video meetings will experience the same user interface (UI) they are familiar with when using Lync on their desktop computers, as well as the familiar Polycom UI…

..Read more here

Comparing #Lync #Online with Lync Server (on-premises)

Comparing Lync Online with Lync Server (on-premises)

Information Courtesy of…
http://www.office365advisors.com/lync-online-lync-server

The following matrix compares features across the delivery models for Lync Server 2010 (on-premises), Lync Online, and Office Communications Online (“OC Online”)

 

Feature

Lync Server 2010

Lync Online

OC Online


IM and Presence

1-to-1 and multiparty IM/presence

Yes

Yes

Yes

Address book search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Distribution list (DL) expansion (DLX)

Yes

Yes

Yes

File transfers

Yes

Yes

Yes (inside firewall only)

PC-to-PC audio/video (A/V) dial-out calling

Yes

Yes

Yes (inside firewall only)

Click-to-communicate from Office applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Interactive contact card in Office 2010

Yes

Yes

No

Lync skill search in on-premises SharePoint Server

Yes

No

No

Lync skill search in SharePoint Online

No

No

No

Persistent Group Chat

Yes

No

No

Privacy mode

Yes

No

No


Lync External Connectivity (Federation and Public IM Connectivity)

IM/Presence and A/V Federation with other organizations running  Lync Server, Lync Online, or Office Communications Server

Yes

Yes

No

IM/presence and A/V federation with Windows Live Messenger

Yes

Yes

No

IBM Sametime federation

Yes

No

No

IM/presence federation with Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) networks (including Jabber and Google Talk)

Yes

No

No

IM/presence with AOL and Yahoo

Yes

No

No


Meetings (A/V and Web Conferencing)

Meeting attendee capacity

250

250

No

Desktop sharing

Yes

Yes

No

Application sharing

Yes

Yes

No

White boarding and annotations

Yes

Yes

No

PowerPoint upload for online presentations

Yes

Yes

No

Upload for other Office file types

No

No

No

Polling

Yes

Yes

No

Multiparty PC-based A/V

Yes

Yes

No

Unauthenticated experience in Lync Web App

Yes

Yes

No

Unauthenticated attendee (rich client)

Yes

Yes

No

Authenticated experience in Lync Web App

Yes

No

No

Scheduled conferences (using the Online Meeting Add-in for Lync 2010 in Outlook)

Yes

Yes

No

Outlook delegation for scheduling meetings

Yes

Yes

No

Support for RoundTable conferencing device

Yes

Yes

No

Lobby

Yes

Yes

No

Interoperation with certified partners for dial-in audio conferencing

No

Yes

No

Provisioning for dial-in audio conferencing service for Office 365 direct customers

No

Yes

No

Phone dial-out from scheduled meetings via third-party dial-in conferencing service

No

Yes

No

Client-side recording and playback

Yes

No

No

Server-side recording and playback

No

No

No

Generate a link to a scheduled meeting via web page

No

No

No

Scheduling an online meeting in Outlook Web App

No

No

No

Dial-in audio conferencing on Lync Server

Yes

No

No

Multimedia content upload

No

No

No

Screen shot capture (including annotation)

No

No

No

Backstage/content preview for presenters

Yes

Yes

No

Mute all attendees

Yes

Yes

No

Mute individual attendees

Yes

Yes

No

Unmute all attendees

Yes

Yes

No

Unmute individual attendees

Yes

Yes

No

In-meeting attendee permission controls

Yes

Yes

No

Interoperability with on-premises video conferencing systems

Yes

No

No

Voice and Telephony

PSTN calling (incoming/outgoing calls)

Yes

No

No

Call hold/retrieve

Yes

No

No

PSTN dial-out for meetings

Yes

No

No

Advanced call controls (including transfer, forward, and simultaneous ring)

Yes

No

No

Access to Exchange Online voice mail

Yes

No

No

Team call

Yes

No

No

Delegation for voice (for example, boss delegates to admin)

Yes

No

No

Call park

Yes

No

No

Outgoing Direct Inward Dialing (DID) manipulation

Yes

No

No

Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1)

Yes

No

No

Dial plans and policies

Yes

No

No

IP desk phone support

Yes

No

No

Survivable Branch Appliances for branch office resiliency

Yes

No

No

Call admissions control (CAC)

Yes

No

No

Support for analog devices (for example, fax)

Yes

No

No

Response groups

Yes

No

No

Private line (secondary DID for executives)

Yes

No

No

Interoperation with third-party private branch exchange (PBX)

Yes

No

No

Presence interoperation with third-party PBX

No

No

No

Remote call control (RCC) (also known as “click-to-call”) with on-premises PBX

Yes

No

No

Malicious call trace

Yes

No

No

Unassigned number

Yes

No

No

Network Quality of Service (QoS) – Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP)

Yes

No

No

Media path optimization

Yes

No

No

Phone number management

Yes

No

No

Call detail recording (CDR) and billing reporting

Yes

No

No

Integration with call center solutions (Aspect)

Yes

No

No

Client Support

Lync 2010

Yes

Yes

No

Lync Web App (for participating in scheduled meetings)

Yes

Yes

No

Lync 2010 Phone Edition (IP phones for Lync)

Yes

No

No

Lync 2010 Attendee client (for joining meetings)

Yes

Yes

No

Lync 2010 Attendant client (receptionist rich client)

Yes

No

No

Lync 2010 Mobile

No

No

No

Office Communicator for Mac

Yes

No

No

Office Communicator Web Access (2007 R2)

Yes

No

No

Office Communicator 2007 R2

Yes

No

Yes

Office Communicator Mobile (for Windows Mobile 6.x phones)

Yes

No

No

IM and media encryption

Yes

Yes

Yes

IM filtering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Anti-malware scanning for meeting content and file transfers

Yes (partner solutions)

No

No

IM archiving (server-side only)

Yes

No

No


Exchange and SharePoint interoperability

Presence interoperation with Exchange and SharePoint on-premises

Yes

Yes

Yes

Presence interoperation with Exchange and SharePoint Online

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exchange Unified Messaging (UM) interoperation with Exchange Online

Yes

No

No

Exchange UM interoperation with Exchange on-premises

Yes

No

No


Hybrid Lync Online and On-premises Administration

Server and cloud coexistence (split domain) on user basis (some users on-premises, some users online)

No

No

No

Splitting workloads (for example, running IM/presence/voice on-premises, and conferencing in the cloud)

No

No

No

Windows PowerShell support

Yes

No

No

Web-based user interface (Lync Server Control Panel)

Yes

No

No

Attendee/user reporting

No

No

No

Reporting (using CDR and Quality of Experience (QoE)))

Yes

No

No

Third-party API Support

Client automation APIs (client-side only)

Yes

Yes

No

Server side APIs

     

 

# Skype, the Missing #Lync for #SMB Unified Comms #UC

http://www.it-guru.net/does-microsofts-acquisition-of-skype-mean-the-end-of-lync/

 “…Lync, in some sense with Skype is a strategy that will allow the consumerization of IT to really proceed with full vim and vigor…”

http://lyncinsider.com/lync-server-2010/microsoft-may-position-an-integrated-skype-lync-as-the-smb-communication-platform-of-choice/

Bet on SMB Positioning for Lync

I’m betting the Skype-Lync integration will create a composite app that gives Lync functionality to the SMB level of business.

Lync’s highest adoption rate came from enterprises. They (for the most part) know what it can do.

But smaller businesses?

The SMB market is more familiar with Skype, not Lync. But there’s functionality they could use that Skype doesn’t have – UC connectivity with Office apps, for one.

I could be off. Heck, I could be restating an obvious development. But it still strikes me as a good bet to make. A blended Lync-Skype application would bring Lync capabilities to the small-business and mid-market business spheres.

Plus, it would make “Lync in the Cloud” easier to adopt…

video conferencing interoperability with #Lync Server 2010 #Polycom #RMX

The following is courtesy of:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/ucedsg/archive/2011/01/07/what-is-your-video-conferencing-interoperability-with-lync-server-2010.aspx

With Polycom RMX, you can connect Lync Server to existing Polycom video conferencing investments.

Here is an example of Polycom RMX conference room integration with Lync:

I joined a Polycom RMX MCU from Lync even via federation and had my other UC amigos Bill and Greg join as well from their Lync clients. The red highlight shows who is speaking actively. Pretty slick. This demonstrated nice interoperability between Polycom and Lync video endpoints. The scenario here is you could have federated Lync off campus users/students join your existing campus Polycom conference rooms over the Internet.


This example below shows how Lync users can connect to existing Polycom VTC device called Polycom HDX. The device is registered in Lync and Active Directory. You can also see device presence, even connect to federated Polycom VTCs and conference rooms in other organizations.

This example below shows how Lync users can connect to existing Polycom VTC device called Polycom HDX. The device is registered in Lync and Active Directory. You can also see device presence, even connect to federated Polycom VTCs and conference rooms in other organizations.

The sample above I have joined a Polycom VTC in Polycom’s organization via Lync federation. This is a pretty powerful way to extend your Polycom investment to Lync video conferencing and even extend your Polycom to federated customers

Read more about Cisco TANDBERG or Cisco Telepresence interop with Lync and RADVISION UC gateway with Lync

#VDI is like high school sex #Citrix

Courtesy of the legendary Brian Madden….
http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2011/08/15/vdi-is-like-high-school-sex.aspx

Everyone’s talking about it and it seems like everyone is doing it… well, at least it seems like everyone else is doing it. A lot of people are saying they’re doing it. Although to be honest, you have to wonder if they’re really doing it or if they’re just saying they’re doing it. (Or maybe everyone else is just assuming they’re doing it? I dunno.. they just seem so cool. How can they not be doing it?? They have to be!)

Of course the ones who are doing it aren’t even sure if they’re doing it right. It seems awkward to them. All they can say is, “well, this is supposed to be really great, so I guess we’ll keep doing it. Maybe it will get better?”

Those who aren’t doing it have been getting ready to do it for a long time. And they’re so excited that frankly if an opportunity comes along to do it–even if it’s not the “right” or “perfect” opportunity–they’re probably going to just do it do get it over with. I mean the first one is just throwaway practice anyway, right? The next one will be perfect!

Of course years later we’ll all look back and laugh. Some of us won’t believe how wrong we were doing it. Some won’t believe that we thought we were doing it when we weren’t. All will agree that it got better.

But what did we know. We were just getting started. It was all new and exciting.

#Citrix Reference Architecture for Multi-tenant #DaaS #XenApp #SaaS #CSP

http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/07/13/now-available-citrix-reference-architecture-for-multi-tenant-daas/

The Citrix® Reference Architecture for Multi-tenant Desktop as a Service presents guidance for Citrix Service Provider partners in the process of designing their new generation of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted services. DaaS and SaaS services leverage the Microsoft® Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) and Citrix Service Provider (CSP) licensing programs to deliver Microsoft Windows® applications and desktops on a pay-as-you-go basis to small and medium businesses. This reference architecture is for service providers that will be managing a multi-tenant application and desktop hosted delivery service rather than an outsourced “IT as a Service” datacenter where the end tenant is managing their own resources…

 Reference Architecture Multi-Tenant DaaS for Service Providers
Reference Architecture Multi-Tenant DaaS for Service Providers

A Discussion about Desktop as a Service, #VDI and Terminal Services: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? #DaaS #XenApp

http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/07/22/a-discussion-about-desktop-as-a-service-vdi-and-terminal-services-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Desktop as a Service is not VDI in the cloud, nor is it XenApp/RDS in the cloud.  Those are products and marketing terms.  Whew, there, I said it…
…Overall there are many different desktop virtualization models to consider, but I want to focus on the relationship of the big three for this service provider centric post; Terminal Services (aka: RDS, Hosted Shared Desktop, or Session-based Virtualization), VDI and Desktop as a Service…

Useful Links: #Clustering on Windows Server 2008/R2 – #SQL Server 2008/R2 Failover Cluster #MSCS

Some useful links I thought I woud share that I found on this topic, conviniently all in one place courtesy of Technet Social High Availability(Clustering Forum)

Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2008
Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2008 R2

Failover Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=B9C8D3FB-482C-426E-B3A9-707D6EC77BAD&amp%3Bdisplaylang=en

Getting Started with SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189134.aspx

SQL Server 2008 multi-site cluster on Windows Server 2008 R2
http://clusteringformeremortals.com/2009/10/07/step-by-step-configuring-a-2-node-multi-site-cluster-on-windows-server-2008-r2-%E2%80%93-part-3/

SQL Server 2008 & SQL Server 2008 R2 clustering FAQ’s:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlserverfaq/archive/2010/04/30/sql-server-2008-sql-server-2008-r2-clustering-faq-s.aspx

SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering whitepaper.

Some thoughts about pCPU/vCPU (via VirtualByte)

via VirtualByte

Yesterday I’ve seen some question posted on the community forum about vCPU and pCPU that made me think about the fact that there are still some misconception about the relationship between vCPU and pCPU. I thought that nowadays the concepts of pCPU, vCPU and their relationship are well known, but it seems that I’m wrong. In this post I will explain the basic concept. Read More

Five quick links: Active Directory #Federation Services #ADFS #Cloud-Apps

Five quick links: Active Directory Federation Services.

Active Directory Federation Services  is a single sign-on technology that authenticates a user for multiple Web applications over the course of a single session. This federated identity management functionality, which was introduced in Windows Server 2003 and is now in its second version for Windows Server 2008 R2, has become increasingly important as IT shops begin to run more and more applications in the cloud. These five quick links help explain ADFS and how it can be used to increase efficiency and security in your organization.

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0: Is it right for you?

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0: Is it right for you?.

ADFS can be useful in federating directories between your organization and another organization to reduce Identity and Access Management headaches.

Prior to ADFS (or its previous incarnations), many organizations deployed a ‘separate’ Active Directory implementation, perhaps in their DMZ for less-trusted systems or to act as an extranet authentication and authorization for third parties that are coming in to consume services. The big challenge here is becoming an accounts administrator for extranet users (which may start as a “small 100 user pilot” that rapidly expands, as we’ve all experienced); when they need their password reset, when they have a new employee to be added, they have to call you to get it done. The other big concern here is around de-provisioning of users; do all of your extranet partners call you when they terminate an employee? You could potentially have a nasty security incident on your hands if a disgruntled employee still has access via the extranet.

Active Directory Federation Services does what it sounds like – it federates Directory A with Directory B to allow for mutually agreed upon authorization, authentication and access control decisions to be made. It allows for a more seamless experience for the user; they are able to manage (and remember) one set of credentials for access to multiple systems. This is also a lot easier on the administrator(s) as they can easily control access and set ACLs based on one set of credentials without getting lost in the overly complex task of managing users and groups, mapping which users should belong to which groups and which account (there may be several per person in different directory instances) the person is authenticating with.

#myVRM Outlook Scheduling VideoConf/ Meeting integration #Polycom

http://www.myvrm.com/

The Better Way To Make Meetings More Productive…..
myVRM software enables users to quickly and easily schedule everything they need for in-person and virtual conferences all with one easy to use, cost effective system. [more]

Read more here: http://www.polycom.com/partners/interoperability/partner_solutions/my_vrm.html

A guide to #Hyper-V features for the #VMware administrator @ConcentratdGreg

Time flys when your having fun,and then you have to play catch-up with stuff that you havent touched in a while. I realised it must be about a year probably since I last touched Hyper-V, and back then I was doing lots of stuff with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosters .

A new poc project has come up for Virtualising Lync, so thought it was time to dust off the Hyper-V books (though most were last gen Hyper-V, so need to scour amazon for somemore) and swap out my VCP hat for a Hyper-V one for a bit.

Here’s a useful post I found for all those that have spent too long over @ the darkside and now need to re-allign themselves with MS Virtualisation terminology.

Credit for this link go to Chris Shields
 

A guide to #Hyper-V features for the #VMware administrator
http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/tip/A-guide-to-Hyper-V-features-for-the-VMware-administrator

If you’re a VMware administrator trying to understand Microsoft Hyper-V, you should start by learning some important Hyper-V management terminology.

Many Hyper-V features have VMware equivalents, making it easier for admins to augment their vSphere infrastructures with Microsoft’s virtualization platform. The following terms are Hyper-V features that VMware admins should get familiar with before deploying Hyper-V.

 

Updates to Microsoft Volume #Licensing Service Center VLSC on August 15th

On August 15, 2011, Microsoft will release an update to the Microsoft® Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), which is the single online resource for Microsoft Volume Licensing customers and partners to view Licensing information, download Microsoft software, and manage Volume Licensing benefits and subscriptions. This new release of the VLSC reflects the input we’ve received from partners and over 1,000 users worldwide through interviews and online feedback.

This release of the VLSC will significantly improve and streamline product downloads and product key search functionality, making it easier for customers to get to their licensing assets more easily and quickly.

See What’s New With the VLSC here