The Windows Server Team announced today that Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 was released to manufacturing (RTM) today. SP1 will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program as well as MSDN & TechNet subscribers on February 16, 2011. On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update.
The Exchange Team has announced that they have completed testing with Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and the following versions of Exchange are supported on Windows 2008 R2 SP1;
- Exchange 2010 SP1
- Exchange 2010 RTM
- Exchange 2007 SP3
Windows 2008 R2 SP1 includes the hotfixes required to install Exchange 2010 SP1, so no more installation of hotfixes one by one. Let’s see what all problems we will come across once we apply 2008 R2 SP1 on our Exchange 2010 servers!
Creating visual representations of your Lync Server 2010 topology is a helpful way to communicate your Lync Server 2010 deployment. Using standard Microsoft Visio stencils helps those in your organization to better understand how you architect your Microsoft Lync 2010 by experiencing your deployment visually.
This stencil provides over 125 shapes to help you create a visual presentation of your Lync Server architecture.
Download the Lync stencil here
Microsoft has shipped the RTM’d version of Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool, which provides prescriptive guidance to get you started with planning your topology. The tool asks you a series of questions about your organization & the features that you are interested in and will then use your answers to recommend a topology based on the tested Microsoft Lync Server 2010 user model.
Download the tool here
Microsoft has released few training videos for getting to know Lync Server 2010, in the usual webcast model. More @ source
Microsoft Lync Training
Introducing Microsoft Lync
See the latest enhancements in online communication with Microsoft Lync! With Instant Messaging, to Voice and Video conversations, and even Online Meetings, Lync offers flexible communication options from a single, streamlined user interface.
Best Practices for Microsoft Lync Conferencing
Learn best practices for managing Online Meetings using Microsoft Lync. From scheduled conferences to instant application sharing, learn how to collaborate successfully!
Unified Communications User Adoption Training
Six Steps to a Successful UC Rollout
Deploying Unified Communications technologies to your organization? Join us to learn best practices for readiness planning and driving adoption of UC solutions.
Adoption Reporting Tool for Office Communications Server
A 30-minute overview of the Adoption Reporting Tool for Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 R2. This tool enables Administrators to easily measure adoption of OCS, and usage of its key features across their enterprise.
I came across this third party app in Codeplex – Exchange 2010 RBAC Manager.
RBAC Manager puts all efforts to simplify the RBAC administration. It provides the missing GUI to edit RBAC settings on Exchange 2010 systems; including adding/removing cmdlets, cmdlet properties, assignments etc. The tool is written in C# and uses PowerShell behind the scenes.
You need to have Exchange 2010 Management Tools installed prior to running RBAC GUI.
Do test the tool in your lab before deploying in production systems. Download the tool here