Yesterday I participated in the ask the expert(AKE) team in the community lounge at Technet Live 2011. Along with several MVP’s and Microsoft employees we had lots of interesting questions. Thanks for that! At our stand (Exchange 2010 and Microsoft Lync) we get lots of questions about how can Lync replace the existing PBX, is there any high availability for Enterprise Voice available etc. Since this product is a revolution all these aspects are covered.
To summarize your questions and our main topics and to spread the world a couple of questions are explained right away:
Q: Can Microsoft Lync replace my PBX? A: Yes it can. With Enterprise Voice, Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivers a stand-alone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offering to enhance or replace traditional PBX systems. Enterprise Voice users can call colleagues on your organization’s VoIP network or PBX, and they can call traditional phone numbers outside your organization. The Enterprise Voice solution includes common calling features such as answer, forward, transfer, hold, divert, release and park, along with Enhanced 9-1-1 calling. (Enhanced 9-1-1 is available only in the United States.) Enterprise Voice also supports a broad range of current and older IP and USB devices. By saying this I really encourage you to test Microsoft Lync and to nuke your existing PBX-infrastructure.
Q: Can I virtualize Microsoft Lync? And is that supported? A: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software supports virtualization topologies that support all Lync Server 2010 workloads—instant messaging (IM) and presence, conferencing, and Enterprise Voice. Windows Server 2008 R2 is required, and both the Hyper-V and VMware virtualization platforms are supported. More recommendations see: (link) I think the virtualization support for now is really a “enabler” for implementing Microsoft Lync asap.
Q: Is there any high availability on Enterprise Voice? A: Yes! If you want to provide branch-site resiliency, that is, high-availability Enterprise Voice service, you have three options for doing so:
- Survivable Branch Appliance
- Survivable Branch Server
- A full Lync Server 2010 deployment at the branch site
For more information feel free to check (link)
Thanks to all the visitors for giving me the time of my “geek” life And congrats to Steven van Houttum and Jeroen Reijling for such delivering good indepth sessions on Microsoft Lync! Hopefully see you guys soon.