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Introduction to Microsoft Lync presented by Adam Jacobs at MUCUGL July 2011

Introduction to Microsoft Lync presented by Adam Jacobs at MUCUGL July 2011

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  • 1. Introduction to Microsoft Lync
    Adam Jacobs
    Lync MVP
    @adamjacobs
    http://imaucblog.com
    adam@imaucblog.com
  • 2. Agenda
    What is Lync Server?
    Technical differentiators between Office Communications Server (OCS)
    Setup and deployment changes
    Introducing:
    The Central Management Store (CMS)
    Call Admission Control (CAC)
    Media Bypass
    Futures
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  • 3. What is Lync Server?
  • 4. What is Lync Server?
    Lync not LINQ
    The new name for OCS
    An IP-PBX or traditional PBX replacement
    A new breed of software-based telephony
    Fully immersed within your PC or *Mac desktop user experience – Office, SharePoint & Lync Client
    The heart of Microsoft’s UC stack – complimented by Exchange Server 2007/10 Unified Messaging
    *Unable to schedule conferences via Mac edition of Outlook
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  • 5. Then…
    Microsoft®
    Office Communications
    Server
    A PBX companion – high level deliverables include:
    • Voice calls via existing handsets (RCC) and Communicator/“Optimised Devices” (EV)
    • 6. Video calls
    • 7. IM and presence
    • 8. Mobility (including IM, presence and single-number reach)
    • 9. Collaboration (desktop/file sharing, group chat and *dial-in conferencing)
    *Office Communications 2007 R2
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  • 10. And now…
    Microsoft
    ®
    Lync
    TM
    A PBX replacement – via added functionality:
    • Enhanced resilience - without the need for h/w load balancing (web workloads still require HLBs)
    • 11. Survivable Branch Appliance – a purpose-built appliance for branch deployments
    • 12. Call Admission Control (CAC) – for the prevention of VoIP over subscription
    • 13. Enhanced 9-1-1 (NA only) – CU1 delivers location functionality
    • 14. Superior conferencing - voice announcements, lobby and an integrated client! (no Live Meeting client or Outlook Conferencing add-in)
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  • 15. Technical differentiators from OCS
  • 16. Setup, deployment and management changes worth mentioning
    • Planning Tool
    • 17. Export to Topology Builder (.tbxml)
    • 18. Topology Builder
    • 19. Tool used for .tbxml import, topology setup, modification and validation prior to deploying first server and publishing within the Central Management Store (CMS)
    • 20. Communicator Web Access (CWA) depreciated in Lync – OCS 2007 R2 CWA can be deployed
    • 21. Call forking is also depreciated, RCC still available for 3rd party PBX integration
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  • 22. Setup, deployment and management changes worth mentioning (continued..)
    • PowerShell and Silverlight-based Lync Control Panel replaces MMC
    • 23. Role-based access control (RBAC) for delegation of specific Lync tasks, incl. 11 out-of-the-box roles
    • 24. Mediation role can now be collocated with front end role = minus 1 server
    Essentially one Standard Edition Server could support Enterprise Voice, IM, Presence and Conferencing for up to 5000 users!
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  • 25. Central Management Store (CMS)
    • Replaces Active Directory for most configuration storage (phone numbers still held within AD)
    • 26. The CMS data is held within a SQL database
    • 27. Centralises the administration of all Lync Server roles (including Edge servers)
    • 28. There is a minimum requirement of 2 x CMS databases - 1 x master (RTC) and 1 x replica (RTCLOCAL)
    • 29. RTC and RTCLOCAL databases are replicated
    • 30. Resilient architecture – Front End Server CMS (replica) will continue to function where connectivity is lost to the master
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  • 31. Call Admission Control (CAC)
    • Put simply CAC is the bandwidth management service built into Lync Server
    • 32. CAC bandwidth policies can be set to control
    • 33. Audio - max bandwidth (kbps) assigned for all/individual sessions
    • 34. Video - max bandwidth (kbps) assigned for all/individual sessions
    • 35. Policies are applied between sites, where multiple network subnets can be associated
    • 36. Alternate routes can be utilised where over-subscription occurs, i.e. when local ISDN is at capacity then a route to PSTN over an Internet based SIP trunk could apply
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  • 37. Media Bypass
    • Media bypass reduces the load on your Mediation servers (allowing support for up to 5000 users, where Front End and Mediation roles are collocated)
    • 38. This is achieved by negating the need for transcoding between the Lync client or phone and the voice gateway
    • 39. In this scenario the G.711 voice codec is used, instead of RTAudio
    • 40. Recommended gateway vendors include AudioCodes, Dialogic, NET and Ferrari
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  • 41. Futures
  • 42. Lync Mobile
    • Mobile clients are expected for:
    • 43. *iPhone aka “iLync”
    • 44. *Windows Phone 7
    • 45. BlackBerry – now available BES v.5.0 SP3
    • 46. Nokia
    • 47. Android
    *NB Functionality will include:
    • One-click to join conference
    • 48. Single number reach
    ETA late 2011
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  • 49. Lync for XBOX “videoKINECT”
    ETA late 2011
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  • 50. Lync Server + Skype = ?
    Jamie Stark
    Lync Server Product Manager
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  • 51. Resources
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  • 52. Thank You