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Lync 2013 Customer-Preview med Skype-koppling har kommit

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Igår den 16 juli så kom nyheten som många har väntat på, Lync Server 2013 customer-preview finns nu för nedlastning. Nu kan det regna ännu mer……

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http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/Lync-2013-Preview.aspx

(denna informationen är från beta så saker kan förändras i RTM färdig version:

Nyheter som är värda att titta extra på:

  • Flerparts HD Video
  • Stöd för H.264 SVC Support (Lync 2010 och OCS stödjer bara H263)
  • Skype Federation: Närvaro, chat och röst.  Väntar på besked om Skype video
  • Röst och Video med Lync Web App
  • Lync Mobile VoIP

Andra bra förättringar:

  • 1080p HD video
  • Rollfunktioner: Lync Arkiv och Övervaknings-funktioner kan nu köras på en Front End server (minskar behovet av en ytterligare server)
  • XMPP kan nu köras på Edge Server (minskar behovet av en ytterligare server)
  • Du kan inte längre installera A/V konferens servern separat. Nu måste den alltid finnas på server med front-end rollen.
  • Direktoren är nu en extra roll, vilket jag altid har behandlat dem som.

Backup och Hög tillgänglighet

Lync 2010 införde en backup funktion där en annan pool eller server kunde ta över register-funktionen. När en användares hemma pool kommer ur funktion så kan klienten automatiskt ansluta till en förutbestämd backup pool.  Detta skapar hög tillgänglighet men klienten tappar konferens-funktionen och kontakt-listan fungerar inte. I Lync 2013, så kommer användaren att behålla nästan all funktion om en pool havererar.
Detta kan ske eftersom nästan alla användardata nu replikeras till alla Lync servrar på företaget. Varje server innehåller flera kopior av användardatabasen, så det blir nästan ingen funktionsnedsättning på service-funktionen.
Jag får säga “nästan” för att svarsgrupper (Response Groups) har fortfande inte HA-funktion (något som var missat i Lync 2010 också).
Så om du får ett haveri på din hemma-pool så kommer inte  svarsgrupperna att fungera.
Varje front-end server inehåller en komplett kopia av alla databaser som lagras i SQL back-end-server, så om back-end SQL database server inte svarar så kommer fortfarande front-end servern att fungera.
Nu stödjer också Lync 2013 SQL mirroring på back-end databasen. Detta kan reducera hårdvarukostnader när vi hade äldre clustering funktioner i SQL (som separat lagring).

Telefoni och konferens

In Lync 2010, if you had multiple mediation servers connecting to the same PSTN gateway or SIP trunk, you had to fake the Topology Builder out by creating multiple DNS A records pointing to the same IP.  Lync 2013 now supports M-N trunk routing.  This allows you to have multiple trunks to different gateways, and a gateway to have multiple trunks to different Mediation Servers.
Lync 2013 stödjer inter-trunk routing. Denna funktion tillåter Lync att fungera som en mellanväxel mellan två olika telefonisystem.  Som exempel så kan Lync acceptera samtal från en PBX till en annan PBX och skicka  samtal från en PBX, och skicka detta vidare till en annan PBX.
This can be very useful in larger environments and allows Lync to be the backbone of a corporate telephone network.
In Lync 2010, you could use trunk translation rules to modify the CALLED phone number before passing it to the next hop.  However, you couldn’t make any changes to the CALLING number (ie the person making the telephone call).  Lync 2013 now allows you to make changes to both the called and calling number.  This is very useful when the PSTN provider does not accept E.164 formatted phone numbers. For example, in North America, many PSTN providers do not accept the country code 1 as part of the number and only accepts 10-digit numbers.  In the past, an external gateway would have to do the necessary manipulation, but with Lync 2013, all the number manipulation can be done in Lync.
There are also several other new Enterprise Voice related enhancements. Delegates can setup simultaneous ringing to their mobile devices for incoming calls to their manager. When a user has setup simultaneous ringing to a mobile phone, and the device is turned off or out of range, Lync 2013 can determine that an incoming call was immediately routed to voicemail, and disconnect that endpoint so the call can continue to ring other endpoints. Caller ID presentation allows administrators to modify the Caller ID format in a much more scalable way than in Lync 2010, which only allowed Caller ID changes based on the route.

Response Groups

Not much has changed here, but you can configure Response Group Managers and Administrators, allowing you to delegate Response Group tasks to other users.  If this seems familiar, its because that feature was in OCS 2007 R2, but was removed from Lync 2010 for some reason.

Integration with Lync Online

You can now create hybrid deployments with a mix of on-premises and Lync Online servers (similar to Exchange 2010).  This means that you can have some users running “in the cloud” and some users on traditional on-premises servers.  Microsoft calls this “hybrid voice”.  You can also have all your users running in Lync Online and make calls via an on-premises PSTN gateway. This means you can allow Lync Online users to dial legacy PBX extensions, or make calls via a traditional PSTN connection (T1/E1 or similar) in situations where SIP trunking isn’t desirable or an option.  Media bypass will work in this situation, so a user’s media stream won’t be hairpinned through the Lync Online service when making phone calls from an office running a local PSTN gateway.

Mobility

Mobile clients will finally get the featureset people have been asking for.  Now, mobile clients will be able to make audio and video calls from their mobile device using either a mobile data connection or wi-fi.  Not sure if this will be available at launch or sometime after.  I saw an early demo of Lync 2013 on a tablet running Windows 8, and it pretty much guaranteed I’ll be buying a Windows 8 tablet when it comes out.  Lync on a tablet was just THAT cool.

Persistent Chat

Persistent chat (or group chat), is now a full-fledged Lync service, unlike older versions which was really just tacked on (and quite poorly, in my opinion).  You now define servers in the Topology Builder as with other roles, and the persistent chat features are included in the base Lync 2013 client (no separate client required).

Other New Features

Other features that don’t fall into the above categories include:
  • Full IPv6 support
  • VDI plugin – allows full A/V support in virtual desktop environments
  • H.264 SVC codec support
  • Skype federation support

There are a lot of other small enhancements that go a long way towards improving the overall product or enhancing usability.  If I were to go into detail here on all of them, it would become a very long post.  I will do future deep-dives into some of the specific improvements at a later time.

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