#Office365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions – Updates for March #O365 #Lync Online

Download Link below for latest updates published 14/03/2012


Office 365 is a suite of Internet-based services that are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, 24/7 reliability, and user productivity. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the components of the suite.

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Microsoft Exchange Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users rich and familiar access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across PCs, the web, and mobile devices.

Microsoft SharePoint Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft SharePoint Online is a Microsoft Office 365 service for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Lync™ Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Lync Online provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video and web conferencing. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus Service Description – With Office Professional Plus, users get the latest version of the Microsoft Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services, so they can access their documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device. Office Professional Plus includes the new Office Web Apps—online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote®—which let users review and make minor edits to documents directly from a browser.

Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description provides customers with an overview of Office 365 capabilities on the Mac and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Service Description – Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. Exchange Online Archiving is an enterprise-class service that assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges while simplifying their on-premises infrastructure, thereby saving costs and easing the information technology (IT) burden.

Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises Support Service Description – Microsoft® Office 365 for enterprises Support Service Description provides information to customers about the technical and nontechnical support included in their subscription fee to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises.

Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description provides customers with information on mobility solutions—access to services from phones and devices—that are available for two online services in this current release namely, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint® Online.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Service Description– – Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that helps users access documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online with other users across personal computers, mobile devices, and the web.

Office 365 Security and Service Continuity Service Description– – This service description describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 for enterprises service offerings. It is intended to provide Office 365 customers with an overview of how each of the Office 365 services is designed to provide a high degree of security, privacy, continuity, and compliance—service goals that are derived from the Microsoft Risk Management program.

Office 365 Identity Service Description – This document discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and single sign-on ( identity federation). Users can gain access to Office 365 by authenticating to their Office 365 user accounts—either through a prompt to provide valid credentials or through a single sign-on process. Once authenticated, users’ identities refer to the user names associated with the Office 365 accounts.

Reference Architecture Microsoft #Lync Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting White Paper @DrRez #Hosters #HMC-Next

“This white paper describes a reference architecture for the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting, including feature descriptions, architecture design details, and build lists to assist in determining cost estimates to build and deploy the solution. The Lync Server Multitenant Hosting Pack for is a unified communications (UC) solution for telecommunication and hosting providers. The solution allows hosting providers to host their own fully integrated, multi-tenant unified communications service targeted to small and medium sized businesses.”

Download the reference Archietcure here…http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=29045

Lync Multi-tenant Reference Architecture

Upcoming Readiness Opportunities Around SQL Server 2012 for Service Providers #Hosters #Hosting @msfthost

Courtesy of Microsoft Hosting Community Newsletter

SQL Server 2012: Training and Events

Upcoming Readiness Opportunities Around SQL Server 2012 for Service Providers:

March 5: SQL Server 2012 Launch Prep—Technical Overview for Service ProvidersThis technical overview session will cover what’s coming in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and review the latest features that Service Providers can leverage in their business. Sales Engineers, Architects, Product Managers, and Database Administrators from Service Providers should attend this session, which will focus on key SQL Server 2012 features and new offerings that hosters can build on top of SQL Server 2012.

March 7: SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE)The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE) will help immerse you in the exciting new world of data with SQL Server 2012. Engage with Microsoft product teams as well as with partners and customers. Discover how SQL Server 2012 enables mission-critical confidence, fast performance, and interactive data visualizations.

March 22:

Service Provider Sales Teams—Positioning SQL Server 2012 with Your Customers Microsoft will conduct training for Service Provider sales teams on how to position SQL Server 2012 with customers. Account Managers, Telesales Teams, and Sales Engineers from Service Providers should attend this session, which will focus on key SQL Server 2012 features—what SKUs will be part of SQL Server 2012 and how these features compare to previous versions of SQL Server.

Additional Training Resources:
On-Demand Training: SQL Server 2012—Overview for Service Providers and SPLA

“Grow your Business: Webcast Wednesday for Service Providers” LiveSeries #Linkedin Group @MSHosting #Hosters

Courtesy of ‘Microsoft UK Hosting’ LinkedIn Group

…Kicking off on the 7th March until the 2nd of May, every Wednesday. Tune in this week at 15:00 – 15:30 GMT to hear from our UK Hosting Lead, Simon Aldous around some of the fantastic resources that are available to you as well having the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session. Register today using the link below to participate in the “Grow your Business: Webcast Wednesday for Service Providers” LiveSeries…

Registration Link:

Now available: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 #MDT #SystemsCenter2012


Reliable and Flexible OS Deployment—now with support for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 RC2

New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

Support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2: This update provides support for Configuration Manager 2012 RC2 releases. MDT 2012 fully leverages the capabilities provided by Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment. The latest version of MDT offers new User-Driven Installation components and extensibility for Configuration Manager 2007 and 2012. Users now also have the ability to migrate MDT 2012 task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.

Customize deployment questions: For System Center Configuration Manager customers, MDT 2012 provides an improved, extensible wizard and designer for customizing deployment questions.

Ease Lite Touch installation: The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) is now integrated with Lite Touch Installation, providing remote control and diagnostics. New monitoring capabilities are available to check on the status of currently running deployments. LTI now has an improved deployment wizard user experience. Enhanced partitioning support ensures that deployments work regardless of the current structure.

Secure Deployments: MDT 2012 offers integration with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to ensure a secure Windows deployment from the start.

Reliability and flexibility: Existing MDT users will find more reliability and flexibility with the many small enhancements and bug fixes and a smooth and simple upgrade process.

Support for Windows 8: The RC1 release of MDT 2012 provides support for deploying Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a lab environment.

Key Benefits:
• Full use of the capabilities provided by System Center Configuration Manager 2012 for OS deployment.
•Improved Lite Touch user experience and functionality.
• A smooth and simple upgrade process for all existing MDT users