Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lync 2013 Client CU1 released

Just for some clarification:

You need to identify your download package, depending which version you have installed.


 

How to obtain and install the update

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Lyncloc (THIS MEANS: LYNC 2013 BASIC CLIENT - downloadable version)
DownloadDownload the x86 package now.
DownloadDownload the x64 package now.
Msores (THIS MEANS: LYNC 2013 FULL CLIENT with OFFICE 2013)
DownloadDownload the x86 package now.
DownloadDownload the x64 package now.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lync Mobile Client 2013 VoIP announcement

I'm so excited,
finally Microsoft did it, as I had announced last November 2012.

The VoIP feature for Lync 2013 Mobile Client and it is amazing guys....


First let me summarize some requirements:

  • You will need an Lync 2013 Server CU update. CU1, which will be released soon.
  • Sure, as it was with Lync 2010, you need to deploy the mobile connectivity setup up.
  • You mobile device must be connected via 3G, 4G or Wifi.

What else is expected?
The RELEASE DATE is addressed for:
  • Windows Phone and iPhone/ iPAD: early March 2013
  • Android Phone: around April 2013 
  • Blackberry: on the road map


PRESENCE and IM
Windows 8 & Windows RT
Windows Phone
Android
iPhone
iPAD
Lync and Lync online connectivity
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
New UI, photo, status, presence
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
View Lync contact list
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
IM, multiparty conversations
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Distribution list expansion
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES


Some more, Microsoft announced:
  • Battery Usage during the testing's where excellent even on IOS
  • Lync Mobile Client will support call-via-work with VoIP
  • Microsoft will make use of their own push service for Apple devices
  • Blackberry is on the roadmap, without a dedicated timeline
  • Desktop and Application Sharing is on the roadmap for all major smartphones
  • the mobile client will have an feature to control where Wifi is required for Voice/ Video (good news, so high roaming costs can be controlled)
  • Android Tables on the roadmap
  • The Lync Server Admin Console support controlling mobile experiences for:
    • Require Wifi for VoIP and Video
    • Limit data usage
    • push notification blocking
    • Save History can be disabled
  • Video federation for Lync / Skype
  • Interoperability between Lync and video telepresence devices
Watch it LIVE:
http://www.lyncconf.com/media.aspx



Lync 2013 Licensing Guide - How to licence Lync Server and Client

http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/get-lync/Pages/lync-licensing.aspx
 
Version 1.8, 09.10.2014

I receive, especially from Pre-Sales Consultant and Account Manager (Sales), all kind of questions regarding "How do I have to license the Lync" in different scenarios.
 
It is simply done like this, since we only have 4 different type of licenses:
 
Server Licenses:
Available for Frontend Service only (no more Standard or Enterprise License)
 
Client Access Licenses (CALs): 
Three CALs are available
  • Lync Standard CAL (IM, presence),
  • Lync Enterprise CAL (audio, video, web conferencing),
  • Lync Plus CAL (Enterprise voice features)
    Enterprise CALs and Plus CALs are additive to the Standard CAL.
    This means for you, you can combine the following:

    Standard CAL,
    Standard + Enterprise CAL,
    Standard + Plus CAL,
    Standard + Enterprise + Plus CAL
  • CALs are available as either Device CALs or User CALs
    Please consider this wisely, if you chose a Device CAL, but, let say you are login to the PC and have a Mobile, you are already entitled for two (2) Device CALs.
    I recommend Device CAL only if you have shared workspaces, e.g. like shift workers

User Subscription Licenses (USLs):
Three USLs are associated with Office 365 and Lync Online.
  • Plan 1-provides Presence, IM, peer-to-peer VoIP and Video,
  • Plan 2 adds Lync Meetings capability,
  • Plan 3 adds PSTN Access (US and UK), USLs are per user only.

Client License:
  • Lync 2013 client licensed via Office Professional Plus (is also available as a standalone).
  • Lync Windows Mobile 8 client is licensed via Windows Store (FREE)
  • Other mobile clients are available via the relevant platform store. (FREE)
  • Lync Basic 2013 client licensed via download from Microsoft. (FREE)
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Back to several deployment scenarios for Server Licensing only!
Since the client licensing depends on when, where and which feature a user have to use.
(one upcoming change should be consider for CALs, if a user should ONLY be invited a Lync Online Conference and he will not participate in Enterprise Voice, he only needs Standard User CAL)

Note:
Since the SBS has an Registrar too, it is not fully clear if the SBS must be licensed or not, actually we read and understood it as described below. A SBA has its own Windows and Lync Server license via an special OEM / Vendor agreement, so if you deploy SBS (Survival Branch Server) you need to have an additional Lync Server license.
The exact terms are: "You need to have a assigned Lync Server license to each Lync Front End Service". The SBS runs a Lync Front End Service (Registrar)


Recommendation:
If possible makes use of SBA instead of an SBS, if you deplyo SBS, consider if you could als deplyo a Standard Edition Server (this depends on Conferencing and related features, as well a USER Data High Availability). Do not assign every user an Enterprise CAL, consider who must be able setting up conferences with more than 2 parties.
Also carefully plan your SQL Server deplyoments since, you are able to spare some costs.

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Example A:
700 User, no HA.
1x Standard Edition Server
1x Edge Server
2x Mediation Server, one with SIP Trunk, the other with PRI Gateway
4x SBA

License needed: 1x Lync Server (for 2010, 1x Standard Server)


Example B:
5600 User, pre - HA.
1x Enterprise Edition Server
1x Backend Server (SQL)
1x Director Server
1x Edge Server
2x Mediation Server, one with SIP Trunk, the other with PRI Gateway
6x SBA
4x SBS

License needed: 1+4 = 5x Lync Server  (for 2010: 5x Enterprise Server)+ 1x SQL Standard Server per CPU


Example C:
12000 User, HA.
2x Standard Edition Server (Frontend for Branches)
6x Enterprise Edition Server (2x3 Frontend for Site Resiliency)
4x Edge Server
3x Mediation Server, two with SIP Trunk, the other with PRI Gateway
10x SBS/
10x SBA
1x Monitoring
2x Persistent Chat Frontend Server
2x Persistent Chat Store (SQL)
1x Persistent Chat Compliance Store (SQL)


License needed: 8+10 = 18x Lync Server (for 2010: 2+10 = 12x Standard Edition Server, 6x Enterprise Edition Server,- Persistent Chat was not available), 4x SQL Standard Server (per CPU)

Well, let me explain the last scenario:
We have in sum 2x Standard Edition Server (frontend) and in two datacenter 3 Enterprise Edition Server each, as well the Persistent Chat Server 2x times. this requires also since it is an Frontend Server a dedicated license.
SQL follows the SQL Licensing Guidelines, but for Mirroring Feature, needed for HA, we must deploy SQL Enterprise, therefore I can host other databases e.g. Monitoring also on the same SQL instance.

Hope this will help you.

Here you can compare the SQL Version:
http://lyncuc.blogspot.de/2014/01/lync-server-2013-lync-backend-sql.html

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Client Access License Comparison:


Figure 1: Instant Messaging and Presence


Feature

New or Improved

Standard CAL

Enterprise CAL

Plus CAL

See other’s presence

Improved


 

 

Manage own presence

Improved


 

 

See presence in Office

Improved


 

 

Contact management

Improved


 

 

Contact card

Improved


 

 

PC-PC and multiparty IM *)

Improved


 

 

PC-PC and multiparty file transfer

Improved


 

 

Persistent Chat

Improved


 

 

PC-to-PC computer audio calling

Improved


 

 

PC-to-PC computer video calling

Improved


 

 

PC-to-PC IM, audio, and video with users at federated organizations

Improved


 

 

PC-to-PC presence display, IM, audio, and video with Skype users

New


 

 
 
*)

This is an important topic. a user with Std CAL is still allowed to initiate a Multiparty IM session, utilizing the IMMCU. This is a conference, but on for IM.
E.g. Global Conferencing Policy can be modified to match the CAL compliance.
Maximum meeting size: (e.g. 3+, or much more)
Audio/Video: NONE
Data collaboration: NONE
Application sharing: Disabled application sharing

Figure 2: Lync Meetings


Feature

New or Improved

Standard CAL

Enterprise CAL

Plus CAL

Initiate an impromptu multiparty (3+ users) meeting with audio and video (including dial-out to PSTN or PBX users)

Improved

 


 

Initiate impromptu application sharing (1:1 or multiparty)

Improved

 


 

Initiate impromptu white boarding session (1:1 or multiparty)

Improved

 


 

Schedule and invite attendees to meetings with audio (including dial-out to PSTN or PBX users and hosted audio conferencing features), video, web conferencing and content sharing 

Improved

 


 

Automatically join meeting audio from PBX or other phone number

Improved

 


 

Enable use of Lync Room Systems

New

 


 


 

Figure 3: Enterprise Voice


Feature

New or Improved

Standard CAL

Enterprise CAL

Plus CAL

Initiate an impromptu multiparty (3+ users) meeting with audio (including dial-out to PSTN or PBX users)

Improved

 

 


UC and PBX Call Control

Improved

 

 


Visual Access to Voicemail

Improved

 

 


Advanced Voice Features

Improved

 

 


Routing Rules

Improved

 

 


E911 Capabilities

Improved

 

 


Delegation

Improved

 

 


Response Group Agent and Agent Anonymity

Improved

 

 


Lync Phone Edition “Better Together” features

Improved

 

 


Dial out to PSTN

Improved

 

 


Receive calls from PSTN

Improved

 

 


 
Figure 4: Instant Messaging and Presence


Feature

New or Improved

Lync Online Plan 1

Lync Online Plan 2

See other’s presence

Improved



Manage own presence

Improved



See presence in Office

Improved



Contact management

Improved



Contact card

Improved



PC-PC and multiparty IM

Improved



PC-PC and multiparty file transfer

Improved



PC-to-PC computer audio calling

Improved



PC-to-PC computer video calling

Improved



PC-to-PC IM, audio, and video with users at federated organizations

Improved



PC-to-PC presence display, IM, audio, and video with Skype users

New



 

Figure 5: Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing

Feature

New or Improved

Lync Online Plan 1

Lync Online Plan 2

Initiate an impromptu multiparty (3+ users) meeting with PC-based audio and video

Improved

 


Initiate impromptu application sharing (1:1 or multiparty)

Improved

 


Initiate impromptu white boarding session (1:1 or multiparty)

Improved

 


Schedule and invite attendees to meetings with audio, video, web conferencing and content sharing 

Improved

 


Use a third-party dial in audio conferencing service integrated with Lync Online to host audio conferences and dial out to PSTN numbers from audio conferences

Improved

 


Enable Lync Room Systems usage

New

 



Last but not least, there is one more intersting feature wich come with the USL.
You are entitled deplyoing USL licenses also on-premise. Therefore Microsoft provides and "replacement" table, which USL is equal to the respectable CAL.


Figure 6: On Premises Use Rights with Lync Online and Office 365

USL

Standard CAL

Enterprise CAL

Plus CAL

Lync Online Plan 1


 

 

Lync Online Plan 2



 

Office 365 – E1



 

Office 365 – E2



 

Office 365 – E3



 

Office 365 – E4