Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (RC) is announced!

March 13, 2010 by Thomas Foreman in General

Microsoft Lync Server 2010

It has finally arrived and the new name announced!

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is the new name for the next version of Office Communications Server and Microsoft Lync 2010 or just “Lync” is the new name for the next version of Communicator.

We have been working with CS “14”/Lync Server 2010 since last December and have watched the development of this product and are excited to see it launch. We have been using it in production at Wadeware since July and are more and more impressed.

  • Check the Lync Server 2010 Details.
  • Download the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Bits.
  • A guide for Setting up Lync Server 2010 Lab.

The new features list is long, but here’s a brief list:

  • Enhanced virtualization support. Lync Server can be virtualized in both small and enterprise topologies.
  • The A/V Conferencing service functionality can run in a standalone server role, and can also be deployed as a load-balanced pool. It can even be virtualized.
  • New management tools, including the Lync Server 2010 Management Shell, (a Windows PowerShell based managing tool) and the Lync Server 2010 Control panel (a web-based management tool).
  • DNS Load balancing is supported for Front End pools, Edge Server pools, Mediation Server pools and Director pools.
  • Central and Branch Site Resiliency. Enhanced client registration, discovery and routing provide Central Site Resiliency and Branch Office Resiliency that provide certain voice features with pool or server failures or outages.
  • Call Admission Control (Badnwidth Management) has been added to prevent poor call quality.
  • Mediation Server Bypass allows the flow of media to bypass the Mediation Server. This reduction of server workload allows the Mediation Server role to collocate with the Front End server.
  • Emergency Dialing (E9-1-1). This feature provides calling party’s telephone and physical address the the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
  • The Call Park application makes it possible to put calls on hold and and then retrieve it later from any phone.
  • Some new Conferencing features: the lobby provides a place for meeting attendees to wait until a meeting starts, DTMF commands during calls, recorded name announcement, simpler meeting URLs.
  • Some new client features include: Activity Feeds lets you see “social updates”, photographs in contact lists, message waiting indicator for some devices, contact search, expanded contact cards, single unified contact store, enhanced access levels and privacy options.

There is just too much to go over now. 🙂

Check back soon for more details and instructions on deploying Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (RC).

Please comment here if you have any questions and/or need any help with your deployment. We are ready and would like to share some of what we have learned.

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