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Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
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Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to

Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.

Proof-of-concept environment

For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.

Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:

Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.

Create a device collection

After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.

On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:

General

Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade

Limited Collection: All Systems

Membership rules:

Direct rule

Resource Class: System Resource

Attribute Name: Name

Value: PC0003

Select Resources

Select PC0003

Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.

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Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to
Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.
Proof-of-concept environment
For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.
Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:
Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource

Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings, and then click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it will automatically initiate the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
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Figure 2. Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Enterprise x64 with a task sequence.
After the task sequence finishes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager
With the next release of System Center Configuration Manager (currently planned for Q4 of 2015), new built-in functionality will be provided to make it even easier to upgrade existing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10.
Note

For more details about the next version of Configuration Manager, see the Configuration Manager Team blog. An evaluation version is currently available for you to try. The instructions below are specific to the Technical Preview 2 release and may change after the next version of Configuration Manager is released.
Create the OS upgrade package
First, you need to create an operating system upgrade package that contains the full Windows 10 Enterprise x64 installation media.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Operating System Upgrade Packages node, then select Add Operating System Upgrade Package.

On the Data Source page, specify the UNC path to the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, and then click Next.

On the General page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Right-click the created Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update package, and then select Distribute Content. Choose the CM01 distribution point.

Create the task sequence
To create an upgrade task sequence, perform the following steps:
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then select Create Task Sequence.

On the Create a new task sequence page, select Upgrade an operating system from upgrade package, and then click Next.

On the Task Sequence Information page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Upgrade the Windows operating system page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade operating system upgrade package, and then click Next.

Click Next through the remaining wizard pages, and then click Close.

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Figure 3. The Configuration Manager vNext upgrade task sequence.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource
Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings and click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it automatically initiates the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
After the task sequence completes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.

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How to Migrate users and Data from Windows To Windows 10 using Microsoft Tool

Step-By-Step How To Migrate users and user Data from XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 TO Windows 10 Using Microsoft Tool USMT User State Migration Toolkit tagged Deployment / How To / Step-By-Step / Windows 10

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Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 provides new and improved deployment tools for automating large-scale deployments of Windows 10. What you collect with USMT ScanState is customizable through modifying the XML configuration files. For more information on the defaults, see What Does USMT Migrate?. The USMT tools can be used to migrate data from a 32bit machine (x86) to a 64bit (x64) machine thought there are some minor limitations for this scenario. The User State Migration Tool (USMT) Technical Reference can be found at: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825256.aspx.

Migrating data from your old computer (source) to your new computer (destination) is basically a four step process which includes:

Step 1: Download and Install USMT tools

Step 2: Gather (Backup) data using the USMT ScanState tool

Step 3: Install Windows 10 or Unpack New computer with OS already loaded

Step 4: Apply (Restore) data using the USMT LoadState too

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Configuring Your Desktop/Mobile Email Client for Office 365

 

Configuring Your Desktop/Mobile Email Client for Office 365

This page provides links to documentation on how to configure your email client to access Office 365. You can set your email client to access your Office 365 account using either Exchange or Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) settings.

Exchange Versus IMAP

There are several advantages to setting up your email client to use Exchange rather than IMAP settings. Exchange only requires that you provide your email address and password for set up; IMAP, however, requires additional server information. Exchange also provides direct access to the USC calendar that is a part of your Office 365 account.

At this time, ITS supports both methods of setting up your account.

Setting Up an Office 365 Account Using Exchange

For documentation on setting up your Office 365 account on an email client using Exchange, please see the links in the side navigation to the right of this page.

NOTE: The versions of Outlook that are listed below are the only versions that are supported by Microsoft for use with Office 365.

Outlook 2010 SP2, version 14.0.7015.1000 (and greater)
Outlook 2013 SP1, version 15.0.4569.1506 (and greater)
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2016 for Mac

To determine which version of Outlook you are using, please see Microsoft’s How to determine Outlook version information page.

Setting Up an Office 365 Account Using IMAP

Below you will find information on configuring ITS-supported email clients to access your Office 365 account using IMAP. You will need to know your Office 365 email address, password, and the Office 365 server settings in order to successfully set up your email client.

IMAP Server Settings

The following are the incoming and outgoing IMAP server settings for Office 365.

Setting IMAP (incoming) SMTP (outgoing)
Server Name outlook.office365.com smtp.office365.com
Port Number 993 587
Encryption Method SSL TLS

The following Microsoft links provide step-by-step information on how to connect your email client to Office 365 using the IMAP protocol.

NOTE: The versions of Outlook that are listed below are the only versions that are supported by Microsoft for use with Office 365.

Outlook 2010 SP2, version 14.0.7015.1000 (and greater)
Outlook 2013 SP1, version 15.0.4569.1506 (and greater)
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2016 for Mac

To determine which version of Outlook you are using, please see Microsoft’s How to determine Outlook version information page.

Getting Help

For assistance configuring your email client for Office 365, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.

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APPLIES TO: Outlook 2010

What version of Office am I using?

You can share calendar information with other people by using Microsoft Outlook 2010 in three ways:
By email
With Microsoft Exchange Server accounts
By publishing a calendar online
What do you want to do?
Share calendars by email
Share calendars using a Microsoft Exchange Server account
Share a calendar by publishing it online
Share calendars by email
Calendars shared by email arrive in the recipient’s Inbox as email message attachments, with a Calendar Snapshot in the message body. You can edit the Calendar Snapshot before sending. For example, you can change fonts or highlight days or appointments.
To send a calendar by email:
On the Home tab, in the Share group, click E-mail Calendar.
In the Calendar box, click the calendar that you want to send.
In the Date Range box, click the time period that you want the calendar to show.
Enter or select any other options that you want, and then click OK.
An Outlook 2010 user who receives the Calendar by email can choose to open the Calendar Snapshot in Outlook. Doing so can display the Calendar Snapshot and the recipient’s current calendar in side-by-side mode or calendar overlay mode.
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Share calendars using a Microsoft Exchange Server account
Microsoft Exchange Server enables calendar sharing with others who have Exchange accounts. Your calendars can be viewed only by others to whom you have granted permissions. If the other person whose calendar you want to open has not granted you permission to view it, Outlook prompts you to ask the person for the permission that you need.
After you access a shared calendar for the first time, the calendar is added to the Shared Calendars list in the Navigation Pane, where you can access it the next time that you want to view it.
To share your calendar with another Exchange user:
On the Home tab, in the Share group, click Share Calendar.
In the Sharing Invitation that appears, enter the person who you want to share with in the To box.
Enter or select any other options that you want, just as if you were sending an email message.
The recipient sees an email notification that you have shared your calendar. You can also request that the recipient share his or her Exchange Calendar with you.
TIP: If you want to share a calendar that you created that is not your default Calendar, in the Navigation Pane, right-click the calendar name, and then click Share calendar name.
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Office 365 Account Management
Office 365 Account Management

Account, Group, and Resource Management

Overview

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
    • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • Processes are being put in place to aid in account and resource provisioning

Synchronization

A process called DirSync copies information to Office 365 roughly every 10 minutes (varies based on workload)

  • Most account changes need to be made in NYP Active Directory and then allow DirSync to push them up to Office 365
  • Changes to the global address list are only processed once a day at 3am, and therefore may not show up to end users until the next day.
  • This is a process controlled by Microsoft across their customer base and is not a process DoT can manually kick off

General Account Changes

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
  • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • When the following fields are changed in Active Directory the changes will later appear in Office 365
  • First Name (under an automated process)
  • Last Name (under an automated process)
  • Display Name
  • Username
  • Job Title
  • Department
  • Office Phone
  • Mobile Number
  • Fax Number
  • Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • ZIP

Distribution Group Management

  • Distribution Groups are created and managed in Active Directory
  • There are two types of distribution groups
  • A native distribution group which is designed solely for emailing groups of individuals
  • A security group can also be mail enabled allowing emailing of the group members
  • This can reduce need for duplicate group creation if members are the same
  • Distribution Groups can be hidden from the address book (GAL), which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Mail aliases can be created for distribution groups, which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Currently Distribution Groups need to be managed using tools such as ADUC/ADAC

Note Regarding Migration

  • The tools indicated for user and resource provisioning and conversion are designed primarily for new accounts
  • Unless directed by DoT, do not utilize these accounts to assist in the migration process
  • DoT may utilize these tools to rectify account issues with the migration, but only after checking on other settings with the account beforehand
  • Many times accounts that are having problems during migration require specific issue resolution

User Provisioning

  • Provisioning is the process of creating an account in Office 365
  • A SharePoint form allows for LAN staff to provision accounts to Office 365
  • https://collaboration.nyplace.org/sites/resourcecenter/sys/Lists/Account%20Provisioning
  • Enter the username from Active Directory, and select the account type of User
  • Choose whether they should have a G1 or G3 license
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise/Gmail/Lotus Notes when provisioned
  • If your site HAS NOT been migrated to Outlook, you should select Yes
  • If your site HAS been migrated to Outlook, you should select No
  • Due to dependency on several subsystems the provisioning process can take up to an hour to fully provision an account
  • You can only provision a user account you have rights over in Active Directory
  • An email will be sent to you when an account has been provisioned

Resource Provisioning

  • A resource is a Room, Equipment, or Shared Mailbox
  • Prior to provisioning a resource, an account should be created in Active Directory that represents the resource
  • Resources are provisioned through the same form indicated prior
  • Select the resource account in the form
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise when provisioned
  • After a resource is provisioned groups are created in Active Directory that provide various access levels to the resource
  • A Room or Equipment Mailbox will have a FC (Full Control) group created
  • A Shared Mailbox will also have a SA (Send As) and SOB (Send On Behalf) group created
  • Populating these groups in Active Directory will provide users the above required permissions
  • Because resource accounts are considered a ‘place holder’ object in Active Directory, the account is disabled by the provisioning process

Account Conversion

  • You can use the provisioning system to perform some forms of account conversion in Office 365
  • You can convert which license is assigned to a user in Office 365
  • You can convert a user mailbox to a shared mailbox
  • To convert you submit them for provisioning
  • The conversion process can still take up to an hour to complete

Troubleshooting

 

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Tips for Launching Skype for Business

Tips for Launching Skype for Business

In April, Microsoft rebranded its Lync unified communications product as Skype for Business. Here are four things businesses should know about the product change.

It’s Still Enterprise-Grade

The Lync user interface becomes more Skype-like, which leverages the familiarity that many employees have with the consumer version. That could reduce help desk calls. Under the hood, though, it’s still a business tool.

“The most important thing to know is that it’s not consumer Skype. It’s Lync 2015 if you boil it down,” says Patrick Borka, a Microsoft solutions architect, who helps businesses implement UC and other collaboration technologies. “The Skype moniker is a very powerful brand: a noun that became a verb.”

skype for business communications
skype for business communications

•Planning, deployment, support & best practices
•AVAYA/Cisco/Mitel/PBX integration
•Office 365 and SharePoint integration
•SBC/SBA Gateway overview
•Lync endpoint device fundamentals
•Hybrid deployments
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Cloud-based productivity with Office 365

 

Windows 10 includes a new app called Get Office which lets you download Office 365 from its website. Now, the app seems to offer a free trial for Office 365 as well. According to a new user report, the app lets you get a free 1-month trial for Office 365 — without any credit card. Keep in mind that this offer is for Office Mobile apps that’s only available on Windows 10.

This is indeed a great offer which will let you try out Office 365 apps for free. Keep in mind that this offer will only appear if you don’t have any kind of Office 365 subscription. I’ve tried to get the offer, but it doesn’t appear for me as I’m subscribed to Office 365. Nonetheless, if you also see this offer, make sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Offer flexible solutions that help customers grow and adapt to changing business environments while improving efficiency and getting the most out of their IT investments.
This solution area is about helping customers grow and adapt to changing business environments – and at the same time improving efficiency and getting the most out of their IT investments.
This includes solutions like:
• Consolidating servers with virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2
• Hosting workloads in the cloud with Microsoft Azure
• Cloud-based productivity with Office 365
• Getting faster database performance for business applications with SQL Server 2014
• And enabling easier, less costly management of PCs and mobile devices with Windows 8 Pro and Windows Intune

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Connect with Customers Office 365 in the Cloud

ModernBiz:
Connect with Customers Office 365

It’s what you know about
the people who know you.

With Microsoft, you can use your data to help you target and win customers and keep them for the long-term—with the familiar tools you already know.

Nearly half of modern businesses say BI/Analytics is important.*

 

Get to the data you need, fast—with tools you already have

        • Find and combine data from internal and external sources with familiar tools to help make business decisions faster.

 

 

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Quickly identify and act on customer opportunities

Office 365 and Excel makes it simple to create rich, interactive dashboards, data visualizations, and presentations so you can:

        • Track and monitor opportunities

 

 

      • Gain customer insights to win sales and deepen relationships

 

 

      • Communicate with those who matter most

 

 

Share customer insights with your team

Easily publish data and insights for the rest of your organization to use – for example, giving your sales team the edge they need to connect with customers and win deals.

  • Power BI Sites make it simple to publish data, reports, and insights in the cloud for easy consumption from anywhere

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Windows Small Business Server Premium User CAL Suite 2008 English 5 Client AddPak

Windows Small Business Server Premium User CAL Suite 2008 English 5 Client AddPak
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium is an all-in-one server solution designed to help you keep your data more secure and your company more productive. It provides many of the features used by larger companies, such as e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, support for mobile devices, file and printer sharing, backup, and restore–all at one affordable price. The User CAL Suite 5-pack provides five additional SBS 2008 User CALs for accessing a SBS network

Windows Small Business Server 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users 5-pack

Five additional SBS 2008 CALs for those users accessing Premium Edition. Requires Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium.

Pricing
Windows Small Business Server 2008 offers a Standard Edition and a Premium Edition. Their licensing models are similar in that they consist of a server license and incremental Client Access Licenses (CALs). You purchase CALs–SBS 2008 CAL Suite or SBS 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users or Devices–for each user or device that is accessing the SBS network.

Microsoft offers several flexible licensing options to allow for complete scalability of your cost in relation to your usage, including various CAL quantities to suit your specific needs as well as the ability to purchase SBS 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users or Devices for only those users or devices accessing the “premium” features.

What are the differences between user CALs and device CALs? Why are both types offered?
A user CAL permits one user (using any device) to access the server software. A device CAL permits one device (used by any user) to access the server software. Both types are offered to allow customers cost-effective licensing options. For example, per-user CALs are most effective when an employee uses several devices to access the server, such as a work computer and a home computer. Per-device CALs are most effective when several employees use the same device to access the server, such as rotating shifts in a call center.

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Affordable, Integrated Solution
Windows Small Business Server 2008 is designed for small businesses. It is designed to work with existing technology, build on Microsoft best practices, and deliver a comprehensive network at an affordable price.

  • Have virtually anytime, anywhere access to your business desktop, including e-mail, files, business applications, and more.
  • Share resources and equipment, such as Internet access, printers, and fax machines, to get the most value from your technology investments.
  • Enjoy compatibility and scalability. As your business needs change, Windows Small Business Server 2008 can change with you–easily add users, servers, and applications, or expand into other Microsoft technologies.
  • Work more efficiently and add more value to your business with an integrated administrative console.
  • Work confidently with a top performing network based on Windows Server 2008 technologies.

Protect Your Business Data
Windows Small Business Server 2008 helps protect your vital business information from loss, by backing up the data on your network and helping enable you to recover accidentally deleted files.

  • Use antivirus and anti-spam protection to help protect your information from malicious attacks, viruses, and spam.
  • Keep your computers and servers current and your network healthy and up to date with the latest updates.
  • Get better control over your business and business information with daily and weekly reports alerting you on the health and security of your technology. A single administrative console gives you or your IT consultant a daily view of PCs and servers and makes it easier to manage common IT tasks.
  • Get an at-a-glance snapshot of the security and health of your PCs and servers from a ‘green check’ report.

Grow Your Business Capacity
Windows Small Business Server 2008 gives you highly secure access to business contacts, calendars, e-mail, files, and other important desktop resources from any Internet-connected computer, virtually anywhere at any time, so you can be productive while you’re away from the office or on the road.

  • Improve your day-to-day efficiency by using a central repository for storing and sharing information.
  • Connect with customers, vendors, and suppliers easily and professionally, with access to contacts, appointments, and files from any Internet-connected computer or a Windows Mobile-powered smartphone, so you can be responsive even when you are away from the office.
  • Create a bigger business presence with online marketing tools from Microsoft Office Live Services Small Business, so you can differentiate your business and present a more professional image to your customers.

Wish that there were more hours in the day?
SBS 2008 helps your company become more efficient and flexible so you can work smarter, not harder.

Worry that your business information is not secure?
SBS 2008 helps keep your vital business data secure with antispam, antivirus, and state-of-the-art security technology.

Need to work while you are out of the office?
SBS 2008 gives you the tools to connect with customers and be responsive no matter where you are.

With limited time and resources to get the job done, SBS 2008 can simplify your daily activities while saving you time and money. For greater business capacity and a new competitive edge, the time for SBS 2008 is now.

Windows Small Business Server Technologies

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 incorporates best-of-breed product technologies to deliver a fully integrated environment that helps small businesses protect business data, increase productivity, and present a more professional image to customers. Windows Small Business Server 2008 combines several server technologies under one Microsoft license. The product technologies include:

Strong IT Foundation:
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 product technologies provide the core foundation of Windows Small Business Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 is the most flexible and robust Windows server operating system to date.

Messaging and Collaboration:
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 product technologies introduce advanced e-mail and calendar functionality to Windows Small Business Server 2008. Exchange Server 2007 delivers a seamless end-user collaboration experience and unparalleled security features. For more information, visit the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Web site.

Collaboration and Productivity:
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. Share internal documents, coordinate calendars, manage issues, and participate in discussions while you’re on the road. Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.

E-Mail Security:
Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server1 (Forefront) helps protect e-mail from viruses, worms, and spam. Forefront incorporates multiple antivirus engines for layered protection against the latest e-mail-based threats.

Network Updates and Protection:
Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables deployment of the latest Microsoft product updates to computers running the Windows operating system. It offers automatic system checks for new software updates and makes it easier for you or your IT consultant to monitor and distribute updates.

Server Protection:
Microsoft Windows Live OneCare for Server1, 2 (OneCare) helps protect, maintain, and manage your server. Working quietly in the background on your computer, OneCare helps protect against viruses, spyware, hackers, and other unwanted intruders.

Take Business Online:
SBS 2008 integrates with Office Live Small Business2 to provide everything needed to take, promote, and manage a business on the Internet. Customers can create a professional Web presence without the hassle or expense of setting up a complicated infrastructure or hiring technical staff to maintain it.

Database:
Based on based practices, Premium includes software to run on asecond server that is dedicated to supporting a vast number of line-of-business applications A comprehensive data management and analysis solution that makes itpossible to use many server-based business applications, such as accounting, business planning, and contact management software, which share a centralized database so that all employees can work from the same information.

Top Ten Reasons To Use Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) is an integrated server solution that helps you protect your business data, increase productivity, and present a more professional image to customers. Windows Small Business Server 2008 delivers enterprise-class technologies for data backup and restore, e-mail, remote access, file and printer sharing, internal Web sites, and support for mobile devices–in one fully integrated solution.

Editions Overview
Windows Small Business Server 2008 comes in two editions: Standard and Premium. Review the different technologies included in each edition with your IT partner and determine which version makes the most sense for your business.

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition becomes a second server solution. Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition will run on one hardware server, and Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition will run on two hardware servers, with the second server running Windows Server and SQL Server for line-of-business applications.

Windows Small Business Server 2008 will include individual Client Access Licenses (CALs) for Standard and Premium Editions versus a common CAL for both.

Windows Small Business Server 2008 will include the option to purchase a single CAL (in addition to 5/10/20 CAL Packs) in all channels.

All processor and memory limits will now match Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition.

  1. 120-day trial included in the product
  2. Office Live Small Business is available in the following languages (countries): English (Canada, U.K., U.S.); French (Canada, France); German (Germany); and Japanese (Japan).
  3. Windows Live OneCare for Server is available in the following markets (languages): Australia (English), Austria (German), Belgium (Dutch, French), Brazil (Portuguese), Canada (English, French), France (French), Germany (German), Hong Kong (English), Ireland (English), India (English), Italy (Italian), Japan (Japanese), Mexico (Spanish), Netherlands (Dutch), New Zealand (English), Singapore (English), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (French, German), United Kingdom (English), United States (English, Spanish)
  4. Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Russian.
  5. For the first year of availability, customers using applications that are not yet certified for use on SQL Server 2008, a copy of SQL Server 2005 Standard will also be included in SBS 2008 Premium. SQL server 2008 (or 2005) Standard can be installed on either server: If you install SQL on the first server then you must install the management tools on another machine.
  6. Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard is available as an alternative version in place of Windows Server 2008 Standard until December 31, 2009.

1. Get a comprehensive, all-in-one solution.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 takes the guesswork out of selecting software for your network. It brings together the Microsoft product technologies that businesses need most into a single solution. These technologies are integrated into one product, making it easy for you or your IT consultant to install and manage.

2. Stay connected to your customers, vendors, and suppliers.
With access to contacts, appointments, and files from any Internet-connected PC or mobile device, you can be responsive to customers, vendors, and suppliers even when you’re not in the office.

  • Access the facts you need, in real time.
  • Respond to customer inquiries more quickly and accurately.
  • Stay connected while on the road with remote access capabilities from a Windows Mobile phone.

3. Protect your business and prevent data loss.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 helps protect your vital business information from loss by backing up the data on your network, and enabling you to recover accidentally deleted files. SBS 2008 also enables you to recover data on your network in the event of disaster. With easy-to-use interfaces, you or your IT consultant gain better control of your data, PCs, and network.

4. Access business information and resources from virtually anywhere at any time.
Be productive whether you’re out of the office, at home, or on the road. Windows Small Business Server 2008 gives you secure access to business contacts, calendars, e-mail, files, your desktop, and even shared resources from any Internetconnected PC, from virtually anywhere at any time.

5. Increase your business capacity.
Streamline business processes and improve day-to-day efficiency with Windows Small Business Server 2008. It helps automate daily processes by providing a central repository for storing and sharing information more easily–and helpssimplify communications with familiar Microsoft technologies.

6. Stay safe with antispam and antivirus protection.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 offers antispam and antivirus technologies to help protect your business information and your intellectual property from malicious attacks, viruses, and spam.

7. Keep your network healthy and up-to-date.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 provides you with the latest updates to minimize downtime and help ensure network health by keeping your PCs and servers current. Easy-to-read “green check” reports give you a quick view of Microsoft software updates, PC and server status, antivirus status, and backup progress.

8. Take advantage of powerful technologies designed and priced for small business.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 includes multiple technologies optimized specifically for small businesses–at an affordable price. It enables you to share resources and equipment, such as Internet access, printers, and fax machines, so you get the most value from your technology investment.

9. Get the flexibility and scalability you need.
As your business needs change, Windows Small Business Server 2008 enables you to grow. You can easily add users, servers, and applications. It supports your critical line-of-business applications and is designed to integrate with your existing Microsoft technology.

10. Create a bigger presence in the market.
Differentiate your business and present a more professional image to prospects and customers. Windows Small Business Server 2008 offers e-mail marketing capabilities, business Web sites, and tools for creating your own Web site.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for Android phones – News

Microsoft releases free Office apps for Android phones – News

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint up for grabs

Office for Android Phone

24 Jun 2015 at 21:55,

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So cool being to keep us with email and documents with my phone app

Redmond’s plan to get its code running everywhere took another step forward on Wednesday when it released free versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones.

Ever since Satya Nadella took the top job at Microsoft he’s been banging on about getting its software on every platform. iOS got it first, then Android fondleslabs, and in May Microsoft issued a preview for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones. That program has now finished and the full code is available for download from the Google Play Store.

“We are so grateful to our preview users, and with their help we were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services.

“During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we’re launching today. For example, we made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box, as well as many usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps.”

Only around half of Android users will be able to download the software, however: 51.6 per cent, to be exact. They need Android 4.4 or higher to work – only they won’t work on the preview build of Android M – plus a gig of RAM, and you’d better make sure you’ve got enough space for the software as well.

Word for Android is a 104MB download and takes up 177MB when unpacked, not including documents and other data. The Excel download is 93.27MB and unpacks to 168MB, and PowerPoint downloads as 91.07MB and is 166MB when installed.

That said, you might not need to download the apps in the future. Microsoft says it has partnered with 30 OEMs to get them preloaded on smartphones, including those from LG, Samsung, and Sony.

The free versions of the apps support core functions, including file creation, editing, and sharing. Documents can be stored on OneDrive, but also Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

The new apps are available on the Google Play Store, but that doesn’t operate in China – a massive market for Android users. Instead Microsoft has put the apps on Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, CMCC, and the Samsung Galaxy Store.

Office 365 subscribers, however, get some extra features, detailed here. ®

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/24/microsoft_releases_free_office_apps_for_half_of_android_phones/