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Lync 2010 has RTM’ed!

Today the Microsoft UC team has announced that Lync 2010 has reached Release to Manufacturing (RTM).  This means that all the features and code are final. The announcement from the UC team can be read HERE. The next major milestone is General Availability (GA).  This is set for November 17th and will line up with the virtual worldwide launch event.  You can find more information about the launch event and Lync product information by going to the official Microsoft Lync product page HERE. I look forward to blogging more about Lync in the future!

Adding Context to Lync Conversations

The wonderful thing about Lync is that you can initiate communication across all available modalities no matter what application you are currently working in.  While this has been true since OCS, Lync has taken it a step further. Take the scenario of when you are digging through your emails and need to respond to one.  You know that if you reply with an email, the conversation is going to go back and forth a few times.  So you would rather take care of it in an IM conversation.  By hovering over the presence icon, you can initiate an IM conversation.

Announcing Office 365

Microsoft just announced the next version of their online products that will replace the BPOS suite.  The new name is Office365 and you can go the the official website at www.office365.com .  Key benefits to Office365 include: Anywhere access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs your users already count on everyday Business-class features including IT-level phone support, guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recovery Pay-as-you-go pricing options which give you...

Exchange 2010 Reference List

I constantly keep hitting the same websites as references when designing and troubleshooting Exchange server.  I have decided to put these links in one location for two reasons: first so that I can have a one stop shop for my links and second in hopes that it might help out some other people. Planning and Discovery Exchange Supportability Matrix – ever wondered what clients are supported with what versions of servers or what Active Directory versions are supported?  This is your place to go. Discontinued Features – This is a must stop when planning a migration to Ex...

Applying Updates to Exchange 2010 SP1 (including DAGs)

Now that the first Update Rollup for Exchange 2010 SP1 has released, it is a great time to review the proper way to apply updates to Exchange Servers including DAGs. First off, the recommended order to apply updates to Exchange roles are as follows: Edge Transport CAS (apply to Internet facing sites first and back-up any OWA customizations) HUB UM MB   After downloading the Update Rollup, it is time to install.  If you try to install the update just by double-clicking it, the update will fail and the following error will be displayed: “Update Rollup…ended prematurel...

Embedded Click to Call with Lync

I am sure there will be more, but this is a great side effect of using Lync (a co-worker tipped me off to this).  Lync will embed click to call functionality within websites.  Third parties created some add-ons in OCS for this, but it is nice to see that it is now native to the installation. When you view a website, you will notice the Lync Click to Call icons wherever there is a phone number: When hovering over the Click to Call icon, it shows the action: Once you click the icon, Lync immediately opens up a call window

Going Deeper with Archiving in Exchange 2010 SP1

There is no doubt that pre-SP1 archiving had some shortcomings.  There has been a lot of improvements for archiving in SP1 in regards to both administration and user experience that makes Exchange 2010 archiving a very viable option. Let’s get a few facts about archiving out of the way before diving in: What is Online Archive? Online Archive is a secondary user mailbox that a user can use to store Exchange data. Used to offload the “live” mailbox data to provide better performance to Outlook Ability to offload “cold” Exchange data to lower tier storage or separate s...