Microsoft Unified Communications


Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 is now available in a free, online virtual environment via Microsoft TechNet Labs. These allow you to test out the software without any installation and set up being required. You can find the OCS 2007 lab at:

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/unifiedcommunications.aspx?tab=virtuallabs

For those of you looking into OCS 2007, there are a number of Technet’s that will be useful when it comes to setting up and configuring the software. Check out these links for more info:

As always, I want to thank Johann over at

 http://blogs.technet.com/jkruse/default.aspx 

for the info!

Have fun and let me know how you get on with OCS 2007!

Microsoft MSDN Licences for Production


As we all know, MSDN (MicroSoft Developer Network) licensing gives developers the rights to use Microsoft software fro Testing & Development purposes; but what not everyone knows is that it gives you production liceces too!

Each Developer who has an MSDN Premium subscription is allowed to use one copy of:

  • Office Ultimate
  • Visio Pro
  • Project Std
  • Sharepoint Designer
  • Office Communicator

for production purposes! That means that when it comes to licensing, if you’ve got say 100 users, 10 of which are Developers-you can purchase 90 x Office Std/Pro for the staff and the developers will be covered via their MSDN subscription. Being aware of this can help reduce the occurence of being over-licensed..and get you some brownie points with the FD?!

 

In the style of Michael Caine..not a lot of people know that!

 

I hope that helps…