Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 comes equiped with a plug-in so users can back up and restore your Exchange databases. For all of the tips, tricks, and how-to’s please visit Microsoft’s link here. This plug-in allows users to enable Windows Server Backup to create the Exchange-aware VSS backups. Do you still have Exchange 2010? Not to worry, they will explain the steps for the 2010 version as well.
The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th. This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before. For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.
Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version. Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.
In updating some new servers today, I noticed that this was out as an optional update so I decided to look into it real quick. It currently causes problems with exchange 2007 and 2010 management tools, and update rollups. Microsoft says not to install it on any machine with exchange, or the management tools at this point.
Check out this nice video I found on YouTube showing you how to add an exchange email account to your iPhone/iPad. It’s a fairly simple process to partake in and almost anyone can do it.
Note that you will have to use your own login, server, and domain information provided to you by your companies IT staff.
Make sure you check out some other neat videos as well.
Everyone in the our community these days seems to reference that Blackberry is dead and going out of business. Everyone has a Driod, iPhone, or Windows Mobile phone…I think its somewhat comedy for the most part because the rest of the world still uses Blackberry. Its secure, reliable, and easy to manage. Its truly a global phone and that was clearly indicated here from a recent trip down to Panama City, Panama. Everyone in Latin America uses Blackberry for the specific reason of Blackberry Messenger…its free, you can send voice clips, as well as files very easily for free. I have a few clients down in Latin America and they all user Blackberry because is the easy administration.Blackberry is losing status as a cool and sexy device, but cool and sexy is not what IT and security needs. The constant attention on the enterprise that RIM delivers is what business needs. A few examples of RIM’s dead-on enterprise focus:
E-mail: Like it or not, most businesses run Microsoft Exchange for corporate communications. Apple has made great strides in making iOS compatible with Exchange servers. Yet issues still crop up when the iPhone’s operating system gets updated. When iOS 4 debuted last year, iPhones running iOS4 had problems speaking with Exchange Active Sync Recently, a problem was discovered with iOS 5 and Exchange Active Sync policies that were configured to require storage encryption, a security setting that some businesses must deploy.
Android also supports Exchange, but the wide variety of handsets, each by the carriers, each with custom interface skins, result in a platform with no uniform across-the-board experience. Third-party apps, which are often used to make Exchange and Android work in near-perfect unison, are cause for IT headaches. Apps can sometimes break with OS updates. Lone or small groups of developers who create the apps may not have the resources to provide enterprise-level support.
With BlackBerry Enterprise Server, RIM has an extensive history in Exchange support. BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 is fully certified to work with Exchange 2010 and comes with full technical support services, which is critical for IT. With full support, IT has an almost guarantee of faster turnaround time for solution of any BlackBerry problems, and RIM can be held accountable if they don’t deliver as promised.
Security: To date, RIM’s PlayBook tablet is the only tablet to have Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliance. FIPS is mandatory for devices used by the U.S. government. BlackBerry also addresses HIPPA compliance, publishing a detailed whitepaper. Yale University conducted an interesting study concluding that the BlackBerry was indeed HIPAA compliant (when used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Exchange). The institution declared the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad HIPAA compliant as well when used with Exchange. Android, on the other hand, lacks compliance, according to the study. BlackBerry has a good reputation when it comes to secure communications.
IT Management: BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is all about giving control to IT. It allows organizations to granularly manage BlackBerry devices, set policies, and perform remote wipes in a way that iOS and Android just can’t match natively. Sure, there are a host of third-party apps that offer varying levels of IT control over iPhones and Androids, but searching, for example, through the over 250,00 Androids apps that can deliver tools IT needs is time-consuming. Implementing them can be a potential security risk if they are coded poorly. BES offers those controls out of the box.
BlackBerry also addresses HIPPA compliance, publishing a detailed whitepaper. Yale University conducted an interesting study concluding that the BlackBerry was indeed HIPAA compliant (when used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Exchange). The institution declared the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad HIPAA compliant as well when used with Exchange. Android, on the other hand, lacks compliance, according to the study. BlackBerry has a good reputation when it comes to secure communications. BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is all about giving control to IT. It allows organizations to granularly manage BlackBerry devices, set policies, and perform remote wipes in a way that iOS and Android just can’t match natively. Sure, there are a host of third-party apps that offer varying levels of IT control over iPhones and Androids, but searching, for example, through the over 250,00 Androids apps that can deliver tools IT needs is time-consuming. Implementing them can be a potential security risk if they are coded poorly. BES offers those controls out of the box. BlackBerry has had great success focusing on the enterprise. Hopefully, RIM marketers, panting at the success of Apple, won’t steer BlackBerry from its biggest fan base: IT. Frankly, RIM can’t beat Apple at its own game. I really like the cool features of Androids and iPhone’s but, in the office, BlackBerry is still tops.
More and more BVA is getting requests for solutions wrapped around instant messaging and web collaboration. It’s amazing how popular it has become and have a feeling it is due to the large push in the consumer area with Skype, MSN, Yahoo, and other interfaces. It seems like the need for communication with other employees and friends on the fly is starting to become not a benefit but a need. Especially with the push of IM on mobile devises has really has changed they way people communicate. Microsoft Lync 2010 is a re-branding of the company’s Office Communications software suite. This old but new offering focuses on business users for enterprise VOIP (voice over IP), instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, and application and desktop sharing. Lync will operate in conjunction with other software platforms such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Exchange. Forrester estimates that the overall unified communications market will be worth $14.5 billion by 2015. I had the pleasure of seeing Lync in action, which on the fly allowed groups of users to interface via voice or video, all while collaborating on a PowerPoint document. Because Lync integrates multiple services such as instant messaging, video and voice into a single client experience, experienced users can simultaneously juggle multiple tasks and calling partners. Microsoft formally launched Lync 2010 in November and has been in Beta with some large clients over the last 10 months. Microsoft’s Lync Website offers a free trial of the software, which will be available December 1. Mobile clients for the Apple iPhone, Nokia phones and Windows Phone 7 are expected within the year. Lync’s other features include the ability to select multiple people from a contact list to make a group call; test a network connection before initiating a video call; and flipping through instant messenger, video, and document-collaborating within the same client experience. Integration with services such as Exchange means that Lync will auto-update its users’ statuses, for instance if they’re in a meeting or otherwise away from their desk. Lync also interfaces with Windows Live Messenger and even Kinect, with users able to activate a video conference through gestures.
Microsoft Lync Website
Retail Pricing Construct
|Server license offerings||Estimated price|
|Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition||$699|
|Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition||$3,999|
|CAL offerings||Estimated price|
|Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL||$31|
|Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL||$107|
|Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL||$107|
Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player. Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell. For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.
To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)
If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)
BVA has seen a lot of ups and downs with the Microsoft in-the-cloud offering with Exchange. We have been a BPOS partner for over two years with great success overall but have run into some small and large problems that we want to disclose. One of the biggest problems with the offering is that Microsoft does not backup the mail data over 14 days through an OST locally on the users hard drive as well as one in the Cloud Store. Another problem is the sub-folder size and being extremely careful with the deletion process with those sub-folders. Meaning in one scenario, a client deleted a sub-folder that was greater than 2GB in size and as a result deleted it from the OST for recovery. There is an outlook rule where it states that any sub-folder deleted that is over the size of 3GB will not go to the recycling bin but rather delete completely off the store. There is no way to restore the the file from the cloud or the local OST which can be quite painful. This has been verified with Microsoft and they really do not have a good reason of why this is the case. Microsoft’s suggestion is to purchase an additional service called Email Archiving for an additional $4.25. The cost for some of the BPOS offerings are as followed:
Technical Support (All Break Fix issues, Partner Care questions and routing)
BPOS Technical Support
Available to customers and partners who are acting on behalf of their BPOS customers
1-866-MSONLINE, 1-866-441-8425, (425)-704-4614
By this time, many people have had the opportunity to get their hands on the new Droid X by Motorola, and explore the vast amount of features on this incredibly powerful device. From social networking to games, applications, and mobile content this device is a definate must have.
I recently had the task assigned to me to figure out how exactly to configure the Droid X to be used with the Microsoft online hosted exchange, and to my surprise, it was just as easy as configuring it to work with an in-house exchange server but with a very slight variation.