Lync Server 2010, the successor to Office Communications Server 2007, facilitates, unifies, and moderates real-time communication by a variety of methods. Lync Server supports instant messaging (IM), presence information, web conferencing, and telephony, all utilizing pre-existing software and technology in an office environment.
This offering is the standard edition, which runs on a single server and can support up to 5,000 users. The enterprise edition, also available from CTX, can be distributed among multiple servers and support unlimited users.
Lync Server can serve as a hub for all live communications within an organization and with people outside the organisation. Users connected to Lync Server can participate in IM and voice conversations and share Office documents. Meetings can be requested and launched through a special menu in Outlook or through a web interface.
Lync Server's IM functionality works with Lync, Lync Mobile, and Communicator for Mac 2011. Additionally, it provides access through a web-based interface and most popular IM clients, allowing constituents and associates outside of the office to communicate conveniently. When a third user is invited to a conversation, the IM Conferencing Server relays messages among participants regardless of what IM clients the participants are using. The transition to a multiple-user conference is automatic with no cosmetic changes.
Lync Server can manage both voice over IP (VoIP) and traditional (PSTN) telephony. Participants may use any combination of physical phones and Lync's voice interface. By adhering to industry telephony standards, Lync Server can work within the confines of an organisation's existing telephone and PBX systems.
Through close integration with other Microsoft Office products, Lync Server supports multiple venues for collaboration and application sharing. PowerPoint presentations can be utilized and distributed within a web conference, and Office documents can be edited in real time by local and remote participants.
Lync Server also accommodates live audio and video conferencing among multiple users. Lync Server is compatible with Microsoft RoundTable or any device adherent to Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) or Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP).
Other capabilities include the following:
• Lync Server is incorporated into the interfaces of other Office products, including Outlook, SharePoint, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• The IM conferencing server is compatible with all major IM systems, allowing clients and associates to communicate with employees without installing new software.
• Encrypted communication through Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) protects sensitive information without limiting software functionality and eliminates the need for remote users to establish virtual private network (VPN) connections.
Lync Server 2010 requires 64-bit hardware and a 64-bit operating system.
This product includes only the license for a server running Lync Server. Each user or device that accesses the IM, presence, or PC-to-PC audio and video communications capabilities of Lync Server must have a Lync Server standard user or device client access license (CAL) or be covered by a standard external connector (EC) license.
In addition to the standard CAL or EC license, each user or device that accesses the audio, video, and web conferencing or application-sharing capabilities must have a Lync Server enterprise user or device CAL or be covered by an enterprise EC license.
With Lync Server 2010, enterprise telephony features have been separated from the enterprise licenses and made available as a third type of license. In addition to the standard CAL or EC license, each user or device that accesses enterprise telephony capabilities must either have a plus CAL or be covered by a plus EC license. To enable all features, all three licenses (standard, enterprise, and plus) are needed.
Obtaining This Product
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2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
3.CTX will send an email with information about managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.
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