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Evaluating #Office365 ‘Directions on Microsoft’ Webinar Registration #O365 #DirectionsOnMS

April 24, 2013 Comments off

Office 365 is a line of Microsoft offerings that combines cloud services such as Exchange Online e-mail with subscription licenses to the Office desktop software. This is the second major release of Office 365, and is now based upon Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and SharePoint 2013. Office 365 strives to reduce IT costs and help free up personnel for business-specific tasks. Office 365 is also useful for IT organizations that want a single, predictable, per-user bill for their collaboration and communication software. However, Office 365 also requires organizations to trust Microsoft and their ISPs with critical infrastructure and data.
This TeleBriefing provides an overview of Office 365, summarizes the improvements that it delivers over the previous release of Office 365, and highlights some important transition considerations for customers.

Register for Webinar here:


Microsoft Hosting Day UK Event Resources on MS SkyDrive #SPLA #Hosting #SQL2012 #Lync

May 22, 2012 Comments off

All slides from the Microsoft UK Hosting Day are now available via SkyDrive:

Some training content on SPLA licensing training and slides on pricing review deferall.

#Lync Ultimate Voice Webcast: May 4, 2012 #SIP #UC #VoIP #DrRez

May 2, 2012 Comments off

This webcast series focuses on Lync Server 2010 voice-related topics. The web clinics run each month and consist of the following sessions: Flexible Dial Plans, Using SIP Trunks with Lync Server 2010, Lync Server 2010 More Than a PBX, Simple User Provisioning, and Voice Resiliency. In each of the sessions, we apply these concepts to deployments in the real world. We discuss how to provision users in Lync Server 2010, as well as complex dial plans within a Lync Server 2010 deployment.

The Microsoft Lync live web clinic series is intended for IT and telecommunications professionals who design and plan solutions for Unified Communications. Attendees should have experience with Telecommunications. In addition, attendees should have experience with Windows Server Active Directory, data networks, and telecommunications components that support the configuration of Lync Server 2010. Participants should also be familiar with the design and planning solutions for Lync Server 2010 for end users, endpoint devices, telephony, audio/video and web conferences, security, and high availability.

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

March 18, 2012 Comments off

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.

Files in this Download…

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

March 5, 2012 1 comment

“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…

Lync Multi-tenant Reference Architecture

#Lync #Mediation Server – To Collocate or not to Collocate – That is the Question

February 28, 2012 Comments off

Good post on this topic from Elan Shudnow

Lync 2010 Collocated Mediation Server vs. Dedicated Mediation Server

One of the new capabilities in Microsoft Lync 2010 is the ability to collocate your Mediation Server onto the Front End Server(s). There are few situations to be cognizant about in regards to collocation of the Mediation Server.

1. Amount of Media Bypass calls vs. non-Media Bypass calls. For information on what Media Bypass is, refer to my article on Media Bypass here.

2. Dedicated Audio/Video Server(s) or Collocated Audio/Video Servers.

3. Utilizing Direct SIP vs. SIP Trunking vs. Voice Gateway.

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#Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster – v5.10 Updated for Mobility

December 29, 2011 Comments off

Great little function courtesy

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Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster version 5.10

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster version 5.10

Here is the direct Microsoft download link:

Overview…This poster shows each workload in Lync Server 2010, describing relationships, dependencies, the servers that initiate connections, and certificate requirements. Relationships between Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software, Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition, Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007, Microsoft Lync Web App, and other communications software are also described. SIP and XMPP connection patterns are shown for Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Gmail, and Jabber. The latest update is version 5.10. This version incorporates Mobility Services and corrections in the IM and Presence workload.

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