Thursday, February 28, 2013

New release -Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit and Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools are provided to help make some routine tasks easier for IT administrators who deploy and manage Lync Server 2013.
The Microsoft Lync Server 2013Resource Kit Tools contain the following tools.
·         ABSConfig
·         Audio Extractor
·         Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor
·         Bandwidth Utilization Analyzer
·         Call Parkometer
·         DBAnalyze
·         Error Log Replayer
·         Error String Display
·         LCSSync
·         MsTurnPing
·         Network Configuration Viewer
·         Response Group Agent Live
·         Response Group Export-Import
·         SEFAUtil
·         Snooper
·         TopologyValidator
·         Watson Support Tool for Lync Phone Edition
·         Web Conf Data
 For Details of the tools click here

The Planning Tool now allow user to have up to 10 sites, including central site and disaster recovery site LyncServer Planning Tool 2013 offers the capacity guidance for Lync Server 2013 new and updated features, including below areas. User can answer the question regarding these features through Planning Tool, and then the suggested topology will contain the information, e.g hardware, network, DNS, certificate, IP, etc, according to the Lync Server 2013 user model.
·         Persistent Chat
·         Archiving with Exchange integration
·         Mobility
·         Multi-view Video
·         High Availability and Disaster Recovery
·         Office Web Apps
·         Exchange Mailbox
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 allow user to have IPv6 IP address
·         Planning Tool identifies the IP conflicts across sites in the suggest topology. User can choose to show or hide IP conflict in the topology.
·         Planning Tool offers a more user friend FQDN/IP/Port editing dialog
·         Planning Tool updates the suggested hardware requirement, DNS and certificates with Lync Server 2013 changes
·         Planning Tool updates the planning steps and deployment steps with Lync Server 2013 changes
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 support the better accessibility requirement
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 offers the better exported Visio and Excel files. Visio file matches the suggested topology diagram in Planning Tool well.
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 does not support the below features any more
·         Virtualized server design
·         Export the Planning Tool file to Topology Builder

Lync-Skype Connectivity Arriving by June 2013

Lync-Skype Connectivity, available for both Lync Online and Lync Server, will enable Lync customers to connect and collaborate with suppliers, customers, and partners—relying on the richness of Lync and leveraging the reach of Skype. The upcoming release is an important first step unlocking the combined value of Lync and Skype. Over time, we will add more capabilities, with video calling as our next priority.

for details The Lync Team

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Microsoft Releases Next-Generation Office 365 for Business

Microsoft today launched a major update to Office 365 for business users. Just like in its previous incarnation, Office 365 for Business will feature cloud-based online versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, as well as all of the standard Office web applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Here is how Microsoft describes these new version of Office 365:
Office 365 ProPlus – Office 365 ProPlus includes the latest and most complete set of fully featured, rich Office applications delivered as a service: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath, Access and Lync. It works on up to five devices, including Windows-based tablets and PCs. People can now simply sign in to Office 365 from any of their devices, and their documents and personalized settings roam with them, allowing them to quickly pick up right where they left off. IT departments also get the controls they need including the ability to run Office 365 ProPlus side-by-side with other versions of Office, and tools to streamline and manage updates for their users. Office 365 ProPlus is available as a standalone offering for $144 per user per year or is included with the updated premium Office 365 Enterprise offerings and the new Office 365 Midsize Business.
Office 365 Midsize Business – Designed for medium-sized businesses with 10 to 250 employees. This service includes Office 365 ProPlus and provides midsize businesses with enterprise-quality communication and collaboration with Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online – along with the simplified IT tools they need to maintain control while reducing complexity. Active Directory integration, a web-based administration console and business hours phone support are also included. Pricing is $180 per user for an annual subscription, the equivalent of $15 per user per month.
Office 365 Small Business Premium – Designed for small businesses with 1 to 10 employees. In addition to the complete set of rich Office applications, this service includes business grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD video conferencing in an easy to manage service that doesn’t require IT expertise. Pricing is $150 per user for an annual subscription, the equivalent of $12.50 per user per month.

Select an Office 365 business plan


Monday, February 25, 2013

Group Call Pickup Coming to Lync Server 2013 in CU1 Update

A new server-side capability is being added in Lync Server 2013, which provides for powerful Group Call Pickup capability for users.  Group Call Pickup (GCP) is the ability for a user to be able to retrieve a call originally destined for another user.  This capability is common in open-office environments where one hears a colleague’s phone ringing but knows that this person is unavailable.  The GCP feature allows for the call to be redirected and answered by an available member of the group instead of having the call go unanswered and routed to Voice Mail.

Details Click here

PST hunting with the new PST Capture 2.0

PST Capture tool that allows you to hunt down PST files on client computers across your network. After it finds PST files on users’ computers, the tool consolidates the PST files to a central location, and then easily injects PST data to primary or archive mailboxes on your on-premises Exchange Servers or Exchange Online.

PST Capture Architecture
PST Capture is comprised of the following components:
  • PST Capture Central Service   At the heart of PST Capture is the PST Capture Central Service. The Central Service maintains the list of all PST files found in your organization and manages the data as it’s moved to the Exchange servers or Exchange Online.
  • PST Capture Agent   Discovery of the PST files is performed by PST Capture agents that are installed on computers in your organization. The agents also send the PST files they find to the host computer when an import operation is started on the PST Capture Console.
  • PST Capture Console   The PST Capture Console is the interface you use to configure PST searches, specify the target mailboxes for PST files, and track the status of PST import operations and reports. You can also use the console to import PST files stored on network attached storage (NAS) devices, on which you can’t install PST agents.
What’s new in PST Capture 2.0?
PST Capture 2.0 includes the following improvements:
  • Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Updated profile generation code to use Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP).
  • Fixed Exchange Online import failure issue when PST Capture is not installed on an Exchange server.
  • Removed User Interface limit of 1,000 users when performing an import to Exchange Online.
  • General performance improvements
For download Click here