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Since we’re giving the usual TechNet newsletter a little rest over Easter, I’m telling you about this fortnight’s great TechNet On feature here on the blog instead. This time we’re talking all things Lync, and there’s a heap of technical info covering what you should know and why, and deployment. Find out why Lync is great and get started with planning and deployment below.
The concept of unified communications, delivered in Lync Server 2010, enables workers to use the same communications platform, regardless of device or location, while presence and coauthoring capabilities facilitate collaboration.
Planning for and deploying the unified communications platform is made easier with the wealth of documentation and tools. Lean how to get started with Lync Server 2010.
Live Cloud Twitter Q&A
Ready, get set, GO – if you have questions you can’t fit into 140 characters (and let’s face it, you probably will), pop them in the comments box below instead.
If you’re wondering what on earth I’m (t)wittering about – here’s the lowdown from our original post:
The cloud is one of the most important shifts to happen to the IT industry since the arrival of the internet, and its positive effect on organisations and their IT departments is starting to be felt on a global scale.
Microsoft is keen to understand how the roll-out of cloud technologies is affecting you as an IT professional. Our aim is to provide you with exactly the right kind of help, information, training and guidance to make your cloud journey as smooth as possible.
We would like to help you with any questions you may have on cloud via a live Twitter Q and A session.
The event will be taking place from 12.00 -13.00 on 15 April, when we’ll be locking our very own evangelists, Simon May, Andrew Fryer and Steve Plank in a room to take command of @TechNetUK.
There are three ways to submit a question for Friday’s Q and A:
Tweet us using hashtag #cloudpro
Text cloudpro followed by your question to 80809
Email us beforehand email@example.com
Burning questions at the ready…
News hot off the press - Office 365 is moving to public beta status. So far over 100,000 companies, big and small, have signed up for to help us test-drive Office 365. With the public beta announcement, now millions more people in 38 countries and regions in 17 languages can get in on the act. You can secure your spot in the beta at www.office365.com. If you’ve already signed up to beta test, your invite’s coming soon.
Come back tomorrow to read Simon May’s technical take.
Today on TechDays online it’s all about Managing the Cloud. When Microsoft says it's all in it means that all of its solutions will be integrated into the cloud. Microsoft management toolset, System Center, is no exception to this and this will be available in a number of ways: including Intune to manage PCs, Atlanta to manage SQL Server and Operations Manager management packs top report on. Join in and sign up here.
You can see what else is coming up in the Tech.Days online series here.
We’ve had an exciting end to the week here, with your live Twitter hour questions keeping us on our toes over lunchtime. Thanks for taking part – remember you can continue to submit your questions at the blog post below.
Have a great weekend, folks – short week coming up for some of us!
Ok, so not quite here – you need to pop over to the The Official SBS Blog. When you get there you’ll find a wealth of invaluable SBS content, from technical training and learning, to click through demos, guides and FAQs.
Part 2 now available here.
In the latest TechNet newsletter we told you about the latest Tech.Days 2011 updates, reminded you about our special TechNet Subscriptions offer and talked about Windows Home Server RTM. Want to hear the news first-hand?Sign up now to get your very own copy, direct to your inbox every second Thursday.
You may have read our first edition on cost; well here is the second with a few more case studies to show you how Windows 7 has enabled businesses to save money. We have also pulled out some more great resources that may be useful for you.
Orby – “Deploying Windows 7 Enterprise at companies with a distributed IT infrastructure like ours makes the job of the IT department much easier. We’re reducing technical support spending while increasing security.” Mikhail Kudashev, IT Director, Orby. Case study.
Smartodds – “We rolled out Windows 7 to all 50 of our workstations as soon as it was released. We’ve seen a phenomenal performance improvement across all our applications as a result, with no need to replace existing computers, creating hardware savings of 90%.” Daniel Bryk, IT Manager, Smartodds. Case study.
Dean Close School, cutting-edge learning solutions have potential to save school £25,000. Case study.
Lodge Park Technology College, will save £6,000 to £10,000 a year with virtualised systems that reduce the need to replace older hardware. Full case study Case study.
Read about the cost saving enabled by Microsoft technology including the Windows 7 feature such as DirectAccess, enabling users to remain connected to the corporate network whenever they are connected to the Internet, and without having to use a VPN. This seamless and ubiquitous access method has resulted both significant end user and business benefits for Microsoft.
Read this white paper to find out how Windows Server 2008 R2 helps optimise IT and save you money.
Check out the other posts in our Business Insights series.
This week on Tech.Days online we covered Managing the Cloud, if you missed it you can watch the recording here.
Coming up next on 3 May is Deployment with the Microsoft Desktop Optimisaton Pack (MDOP). We will help you understand how MDOP helps Windows 7 deployment and management with practical uses. Sign up here.
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