Thursday, February 28, 2013

New release -Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit and Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools are provided to help make some routine tasks easier for IT administrators who deploy and manage Lync Server 2013.
The Microsoft Lync Server 2013Resource Kit Tools contain the following tools.
·         ABSConfig
·         Audio Extractor
·         Bandwidth Policy Service Monitor
·         Bandwidth Utilization Analyzer
·         Call Parkometer
·         DBAnalyze
·         Error Log Replayer
·         Error String Display
·         LCSSync
·         MsTurnPing
·         Network Configuration Viewer
·         Response Group Agent Live
·         Response Group Export-Import
·         SEFAUtil
·         Snooper
·         TopologyValidator
·         Watson Support Tool for Lync Phone Edition
·         Web Conf Data
 For Details of the tools click here

The Planning Tool now allow user to have up to 10 sites, including central site and disaster recovery site LyncServer Planning Tool 2013 offers the capacity guidance for Lync Server 2013 new and updated features, including below areas. User can answer the question regarding these features through Planning Tool, and then the suggested topology will contain the information, e.g hardware, network, DNS, certificate, IP, etc, according to the Lync Server 2013 user model.
·         Persistent Chat
·         Archiving with Exchange integration
·         Mobility
·         Multi-view Video
·         High Availability and Disaster Recovery
·         Office Web Apps
·         Exchange Mailbox
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 allow user to have IPv6 IP address
·         Planning Tool identifies the IP conflicts across sites in the suggest topology. User can choose to show or hide IP conflict in the topology.
·         Planning Tool offers a more user friend FQDN/IP/Port editing dialog
·         Planning Tool updates the suggested hardware requirement, DNS and certificates with Lync Server 2013 changes
·         Planning Tool updates the planning steps and deployment steps with Lync Server 2013 changes
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 support the better accessibility requirement
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 offers the better exported Visio and Excel files. Visio file matches the suggested topology diagram in Planning Tool well.
·         Lync Server Planning Tool 2013 does not support the below features any more
·         Virtualized server design
·         Export the Planning Tool file to Topology Builder

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