“What’s New in the Planning Tool for Lync Server 2010?
- You can select virtualized server roles for your topology.
- The Planning Tool offers more granular capacity guidance than in earlier releases.
- You can customize individual branch site information.
- The topology pages display site information, such as number of users and number of enabled users for various modalities.
- The Planning Tool invites you to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), helping make the planning tool better.
- You can view your edge network diagram and enter FQDNs and IP addresses and view the certificates, DNS settings, and firewall settings for your edge network in the central sites when using DNS Load Balancing or Hardware Load Balancing for Edge Servers. You can also import this information to Topology Builder. You can also export the diagram and the data to the Microsoft Visio drawing and diagramming software.
- You can export your topology file to Topology Builder for a faster, easier Lync Server setup experience.
- You can export the global topology, with its corresponding branch sites, as well as the number of concurrent calls connecting each central site, to the PSTN into Visio. The Visio output contains improved drawings for each of the site topologies.
- The Planning Tool exports a list of the hardware for all sites, including branch sites, to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.
- The Planning Tool accommodates more supported topologies for Enterprise Voice and dial-in conferencing.
- Navigation between topologies and server information has been improved.
- You can resize or maximize the Planning Tool window to better accommodate your screen resolution.
- The Planning Tool provides a menu bar and a toolbar for available actions.
- The Planning Tool incorporates new Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features and topology recommendations.
- Users are now evenly distributed among the Front End pools”
Here´s a nice blog post from the The Three UC Amigos, with some screenshots and further explanations on Lync Planning Tool RTM
Now you can download Microsoft Lync RTM documentation from Microsoft.
As Dennis Lundtoft Thomsen writes on msgoodies:
“The easiest way to get it is to downloaded the compiled help file containing all the documentation from here. This file also contains download links for online (always up-to-date) and Word versions (Good for printing) of the documentation.”
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I believe that many readers of this blog post at Office Communications Group Team Blog made the following interpretation: Lync General Availability is 17 november. This was confirmed from one of my Microsoft contacts.
On November 2nd, Kirk Gregersen, Sr. Director Microsoft Lync makes this additional statement:
”As I noted in the blog our worldwide launch event is on the calendar for Wednesday, November 17th, 2010. The final milestone, known as GA or general availability, is December 1st, when existing customers who have maintained their SA (Software Assurance license), as well as new Lync customers, will be able to download Lync Server 2010 from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center”
“For those who want to download a version of the product prior to General Availability, a 180-Day Evaluation Edition will be available on November 17, 2010”
If you´re not a MS UC partner you have to wait to December 1st to download the RTM…
As always, visit Nexthop for great information on Mycrosoft Lync and Office Communication Server!
Here´s a few interesting Microsoft Lync links I’ve found this weekend. There’s been lots of posts covering the news of Lync RTM and GA. I won’t take much notice of that for now… Show blog post at Office Communications Group Team Blog
Microsoft UC vs Cisco UC: http://wp.me/pl9EY-7T
New blog post: View Configuration Information from the Lync 2010 Client http://bit.ly/9cuVHH
New blog post: Microsoft Lync 2010 Frequently Used Keyboard Shortcuts http://bit.ly/907Xgc #ucoms #lync #ocs
Read more about Microsoft Lync RTM and General Availability on the UC Group Team Blog http://bit.ly/doF5fm #ucoms #lync #ocs
SO COOL: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Tool: Adoption Reporting. http://bit.ly/9x3Fw1
Post by Mark Hickson: Lync Server 2010 Audio Test Service http://bit.ly/a1N4ow
Lync 2010 Client Policies http://bit.ly/duZT0z
As always, visit Nexthop for great information on Mycrosoft Lync and Office Communications Server