What is Volume Activation


What is Volume Activation?
Volume Activation is a product activation technology that was first introduced with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It is designed to allow Volume License customers to automate the activation process in a way that is transparent to end users.

Volume Activation applies only to systems that are covered under a Volume Licensing program and is used strictly as a tool for activation. It is not tied to license invoicing or billing.

Volume Activation provides two different models for completing volume activations. Either or both key types may be used by customers to activate systems in their organization:

  • Key Management Service (KMS)
    KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network.
  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
    MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services.

What is the Key Management Service (KMS)?
The Key Management Service (KMS) is an activation service that allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. It does not require a dedicated system and can be easily co-hosted on a system that provides other services.

KMS requires a minimum number of either physical or virtual computers in a network environment. These minimums, called activation thresholds, are set so that they are easily met by Enterprise customers.

  • Activation Thresholds for Windows – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers to activate servers running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and at least twenty-five (25) computers to activate client systems running Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  • Activation Thresholds for Office – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers running Office 2010, Project 2010, or Visio 2010 to activate installed Office products using KMS. For more information about Volume Activation of Office products (that is, Office 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010), see the Volume Activation Quick Start Guide for Office 2010, and Volume Activation Overview for Office 2010.

What is a KMS Host Key?
A KMS Host Key is used to activate the KMS host computer with a Microsoft activation server and can activate up to six (6) KMS hosts with 10 activations per host. Each KMS host can activate an unlimited number of computers.
Note: Contact the Microsoft Activation Center if you require additional KMS activations for activating more than six (6) KMS hosts.

What is a Multiple Activation Key (MAK)?
A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services (that is, it requires connection with a Microsoft activation server). Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required.
Important: Each MAK has a predetermined number of allowed activations, based on your Volume Licensing agreement. Contact the Microsoft Activation Center to increase your MAK activation limit.
You can activate licenses in one of two ways using MAK:

  • MAK Independent Activation – Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.
  • MAK Proxy Activation – One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with a single connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which is a part of the Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). VAMT enables IT Professionals to automate and centrally manage the Volume Activation process using MAK, and includes a check on the number of activations on the MAK.

What’s new for IT professionals in Office 2013


Office 2013 provides new features and improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations. This article describes some changes in these areas.
In this article:

  • Active Directory-Based activation
  • Apps for Office
  • Click-to-Run
  • Click-to-Run customization
  • Co-Authoring
  • Access 2013: new application model
  • New Group Policy and OCT settings
  • Office Telemetry Dashboard and Office Telemetry Log
  • Office Web Apps
  • Office Web Apps Server
  • Security changes
  • Sign-in IDs
  • Downloadable proofing tool packages

Active Directory-Based activation

Volume activation establishes a relationship between the Volume License (VL) product key and a particular installation of the VL software on a device. Microsoft policy requires you to activate VL editions of Office 2010 and Office 2013 that run on both physical computers and virtual machines.
When Office 2013 runs on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, a new volume activation method is available: Active Directory-based activation.
Active Directory-Based activation uses your existing Active Directory infrastructure to activate all Office 2013 VL clients through their connection to the domain. To set up Active Directory-Based activation for Office 2013, configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) from either a Windows 8 VL edition computer or a Windows Server 2012 computer. The Office 2013 VL clients can automatically activate against the domain as long as they are running on a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 client computer.

Note:
The two volume activation methods that were introduced in Office 2010: Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK), are still valid for Office 2013.

Apps for Office

Developers use apps for Office to create engaging new consumer and enterprise experiences that run within supported Office 2013 applications by using the power of the web and standard web technologies such as HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and REST APIs.
An app for Office is basically a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application. You can use an app for Office to extend the functionality of a document, email message, or appointment. The apps in apps for Office can run in multiple environments and clients. These include rich Office desktop clients, Office Web Apps, mobile browsers, and also on-premises and in the cloud. Developers can publish apps for Office to the Office Store or to an onsite catalog, where they can be available to users from their Office 2013 applications. As the IT Administrator of your organization, you can control how the apps for Office become available to users.

Click-to-Run

Office 2013 Click-to-Run is a technology that reduces the time that is required to download and use Office 2013 client products. Click-to-Run is based on core virtualization and streaming Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) technologies. The streaming technology lets you use a Click-to-Run program before the complete program is fully downloaded and installed on your computer.
Click-to-Run virtualization provides the following advantages:

  • Isolation of resources in a virtual environment allows for coexistence with earlier versions of Office, and improves cleanup and restore processes.
  • Extension points to the computer are published so Office is more integrated. This allows for add-ins to be written.
  • Streaming helps improve performance. The Office package is divided and is uncompressed over time, which optimizes network bandwidth and CPU usage.

Click-to-Run customization

Administrators can customize Click-to-Run product installations. Click-to-Run for Office 365 provides a downloadable Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run that enables administrators to download Click-to-Run for Office 365 product and language sources to an on-premises location. This is useful in scenarios where administrators want to minimize the demand on the network or want to prevent users from installing from the Internet because of corporate security requirements.
You can download the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center site. The download includes a sample Configuration.xml configuration file. To customize an installation, administrators run the Office Deployment Tool and provide a customized Configuration.xml file. The Office Deployment Tool performs the tasks that are specified by using the optional properties in the Configuration.xml configuration file.

Co-Authoring

Co-authoring simplifies collaboration by enabling multiple users to work productively on the same document without intruding on one another’s work or locking out other users. This capability requires no additional server setup and is the default status for documents that are stored in SharePoint 2013 document libraries.
Here are some changes in co-authoring for Office 2013.

  • Co-authoring is now supported in Visio Professional 2013, Word Web App, and PowerPoint Web App.
  • Seeing other editors who join the document to co-author is faster in Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, and Visio Professional 2013.
  • Updates are faster when multiple users co-author in the same OneNote page.
    Users who co-author also benefit from these changes in Office Web Apps, Office 2013, and SharePoint 2013.
  • Users can view, add, and reply to comments in Word Web App and PowerPoint Web App.
  • Users can open Word files that contain revision marks in Word Web App.
  • Users can easily set document permissions and send sharing notifications by using the Share with People feature in Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013.

Access 2013: new application model

The on-premises version of Access 2013 provides a new application model that uses SharePoint 2013 for hosting and SQL Server for data storage.

Access as a SharePoint app

Access 2013 is now an app for SharePoint, which means that you create Access web apps that run in the browser, and can manage Access as you would any SharePoint app, controlling everything centrally by using SharePoint tools. No additional passwords or logins are required because security is controlled through the same SharePoint infrastructure. Users can discover and share Access apps through the public SharePoint App Store or a private App Catalogue. They can use your app as long as they have a web browser and an Internet connection. Access does not have to be installed on users’ devices.
In addition, Access 2013 can open databases created in previous Access versions.
For more information about the new Access 2013 application model, see “New application model” in What’s new for Access 2013 developers.

SQL Server back end

If you create an app on a SharePoint Server that your company hosts on premises, Access creates the database in the SQL Server 2012 installation that is selected by the SharePoint administrator. This database stores all the objects and data that your application requires, such as tables, queries, macros, and forms. Whenever users visit the app, enter data, or change the design, they will be interacting with this database behind the scenes. The database created is specific to your app and is not shared with other apps.
SQL Server storage allows for speed, reliability, and scalability of the database long-term. In addition, advanced users can connect directly to the SQL Server database for advanced reporting and analysis with familiar tools such as Excel, Power View, and Crystal Reports.

More new features

Although these new features are not necessarily targeted to IT Professionals, you should be aware of them.

Access in Office 365

Access 2013 is also available in Office 365. If your Office 365 plan includes SharePoint, Microsoft can host your Access 2013 databases in the cloud. When you create an Access app in Office 365, your data is stored in a SQL Azure database.

New user features

Access 2013 provides new features that will help users perform tasks faster, and with more efficiency and flexibility.

New Group Policy and OCT settings

The Office 2013 Preview Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool download package contains all Group Policy Administrative Template (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OPAX/OPAL) files for installations of Office 2013 (Windows installer-based) and Office 365 ProPlus (Click-to-Run).

Office Telemetry Dashboard and Office Telemetry Log

Office 2013 introduces a new application and document compatibility tool, known as Telemetry Dashboard. It replaces the Office 2010 compatibility tools Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM), Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI), and Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT). Telemetry Dashboard helps speed up Office 2013 deployments by reducing the overall time that is needed for migration planning and compatibility assessment. IT Professionals can use Telemetry Dashboard to identify typically used Office documents and solutions in their organizations and to view application events and crash data for select Office 2013 applications.
A companion tool for Telemetry Dashboard, known as Telemetry Log, is designed for developers and expert users who want to view event data for documents and solutions as they load, run, or raise errors in Office 2013. Telemetry Log shows local event data, whereas Telemetry Dashboard combines this event data for multiple client computers.

Office Web Apps

When used with SharePoint 2013 on-premises, Office Web Apps provides updated versions of Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App. Users can view and, depending on the current license, edit Office documents by using a supported web browser on computers and on different mobile devices, such as Windows Phones, iPhones, and iPads.
In addition to new features in Office Web Apps, the architecture and deployment methods have also changed. Office Web Apps is no longer tightly integrated with SharePoint. Instead, it is installed separately as part of Office Web Apps Server, a stand-alone Office server product. You no longer have to optimize the SharePoint infrastructure to support Office Web Apps, and you can apply updates to the servers that run Office Web Apps Server separately and at a different frequency than you update SharePoint.

Office Web Apps Server

Office Web Apps Server is an Office server product that provides browser-based file viewing and editing functionality for Office files. Office Web Apps Server works together with products and services that support WOPI, the Web app Open Platform Interface protocol. These products, known as hosts, include SharePoint 2013, Lync Server 2013, and Exchange Server 2013. Here are some features that Office Web Apps Server enables for these products:

  • SharePoint 2013 Users can access Office files from SharePoint document libraries by using Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App. There are many new features and capabilities, such as support for co-authoring in Word Web App and PowerPoint Web App.
  • Lync Server 2013 Users can broadcast PowerPoint presentations by using Lync 2013 and Lync Web App. Broadcasting is improved to support higher-resolution displays and a wider range of mobile devices than in earlier versions. Users who have the appropriate privileges can scroll through a PowerPoint presentation independent of the presentation itself.
  • Exchange Server 2013 In Outlook Web App, all attachments in an email message are displayed in a filmstrip that includes a thumbnail of each attachment. Users can preview attachments online in full fidelity.

An Office Web Apps Server farm can provide Office services to multiple on-premises hosts. You can scale out the farm from one server to multiple servers as your organization’s needs grow. Although Office Web Apps Server requires dedicated servers that run no other server applications, you can install Office Web Apps Server on virtual machine instances.
Deploying and managing Office Web Apps Server across an organization is easier now that it is a stand-alone product. You can apply updates to the Office Web Apps Server farm separately and at a different frequency than you can when you update SharePoint Server, Exchange Server, or Lync Server. Having a stand-alone Office Web Apps Server farm also means that users can view or edit Office files that are stored outside SharePoint 2013, such as those in shared folders or in document management products that support WOPI.

Security changes

Several new security features make it easier for users and IT professionals to use and trust Office 2013 applications and documents. These include the following:

  • Authentication in Office The days are over for providing a password multiple times as users conduct normal business, opening multiple Office files from different locations. Now users create a profile, sign in one time, and can seamlessly work on and access local and cloud Office files and not be required to re-identify themselves. Users can connect multiple services such as an organization’s SkyDrive or a user’s personal SkyDrive account, to their Office profiles and have instant access to all files and their associated storage. Users authenticate one time for all Office applications, including SkyDrive. This is true regardless of the identity provider (Microsoft account and the user ID that you use to access Office 365) or the authentication protocol that is used by the application (for example, OAuth, forms based, claims based, or Windows Integrated Authentication). From a user perspective, it all just works. From the IT perspective, these connected services can easily be managed. For more information, see Overview of Office 365 ProPlus.
  • File password escrow key Office 2013 includes new functionality that lets admins unlock password-protected Office files when, for example, the file owner either forgets the password or leaves the organization. By using a new Escrow Key Admin Tool, IT personnel can easily assign a new password to the file, or no password, and can save the file to the same location or a new location. You can download the Escrow Key Admin Tool from the Connect site.
  • Digital signature Several digital signature improvements were made for documents that were created by using Office 2013 applications.Plus, Office 2013 will verify signatures on ODF files that were created by using
    • other applications.
    • XAdES digital signatures in documents that are created by using Office 2013 applications are now easier to create. XAdES signed Office 2013 documents allow signers to add their addresses, titles, and to describe the intent of their signatures. Office 2013 will also evaluate -XL signatures by using the certificates and any revocation data that is contained in the file
  • Information Rights Management Office 2013 incorporates new Windows 2012 Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) features. Support for multiple user IDs for access to Office 365 and single sign-on means that choosing an identity and protecting content is much easier for users. Behind the scenes, this new functionality and automatic service discovery eliminate the need for registry configuration.
  • Enhancements to Office 2013 documents opened in “protected view” This is a feature that was introduced in Office 2010 and helps reduce exploits by opening files in a restricted sandboxed application container “lowbox” so that they can be examined before editing. New Windows 8 capabilities mean stronger process isolation and an application container that is blocked from network access.

 

Sign-in IDs

In Office 365, users can sign in by using either of two types of credentials: Personal (Microsoft account) or Organization (the Office 365 user ID that is assigned by the organization). The user supplies these credentials within the user interface (UI) or they can be picked up from the operating system in certain cases.
You can enable one of four sign-in states by using the Block sign-in to Office setting in the Registry. This setting controls whether users can provide credentials to Office 2013 by using either their Microsoft account or the Office 365 user ID assigned by the organization.

The Registry key for this setting is as follows:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonSignInSignInOptions

If you enable this setting, you can specify a particular sign-in option by setting one of the following values:

  • 0 Both IDs allowed
  • 1 Live ID only
  • 2 Org ID only
  • 3 None allowed

The following table shows what users can do when you set a particular sign-in option:

Sign-in options and their effect

If you select this… This is what a user can do…
Both IDs allowed Sign in and access Office content by using either ID.
Live ID only Sign in only by using a Microsoft account.
Org ID only Sign in only by using the Office 365 user ID that is assigned by your organization.
None allowed Can’t sign in by using either ID.
If you disable, or do not configure, the Block sign-in to Office setting, the default setting is Both IDs allowed. Users can sign in by using either ID.
Office 2013 automatically bootstraps itself by using any Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) account through which the user signed in to the operating system. If that Active Directory account is federated with Office 2013, the user automatically receives all benefits of signing into Office 2013 without having to perform any additional steps.

Downloadable proofing tool packages

Beginning in Office 2013, free downloadable proofing tool packages in 52 languages are available to all customers who have purchased the on-premises (MSI-installed) version of Office 2013, whether or not they are volume license customers. You can download these proofing tool packages in 32-bit or 64-bit versions from Office Proofing Tools.

What’s New in Exchange 2013


What’s New in Exchange 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 brings a new rich set of technologies, features, and services to the Exchange Server product line. Its goal is to support people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to a collaboration focus. At the same time, Exchange Server 2013 helps lower the total cost of ownership whether you deploy Exchange 2013 on-premises or provision your mailboxes in the cloud. New features and functionality in Exchange 2013 are designed to do the following:

  • Support a multigenerational workforce Social integration and making it easier to find people is important to users. Smart Search learns from users’ communication and collaboration behavior to enhance and prioritize search results in Exchange. Also, with Exchange 2013, users can merge contacts from multiple sources to provide a single view of a person, by linking contact information pulled from multiple locations.
  • Provide an engaging experience Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Microsoft Outlook Web App have a fresh new look. Outlook Web App emphasizes a streamlined user interface that also supports the use of touch, enhancing the mobile device experience with Exchange.
  • Integrate with SharePoint and Lync Exchange 2013 offers greater integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Lync 2013 through site mailboxes and In-Place eDiscovery. Together, these products offer a suite of features that make scenarios such as enterprise eDiscovery and collaboration using site mailboxes possible.
  • Help meet evolving compliance needs Compliance and eDiscovery are challenging for many organizations. Exchange 2013 helps you to find and search data not only in Exchange, but across your organization. With improved search and indexing, you can search across Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Windows file servers. In addition, data loss prevention (DLP) can help keep your organization safe from users mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. DLP helps you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis.
  • Provide a resilient solution Exchange 2013 builds upon the Exchange Server 2010 architecture and has been redesigned for simplicity of scale, hardware utilization, and failure isolation.

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1. Includes Tier Interaction Profiling
2. Read-Only Diagrams
3. Requires full Team Foundation Server and TFS CAL (purchased separately)
4. Microsoft SharePoint Server licensed separately
5. Microsoft Project and Project Server licensed separately
6. Microsoft System Center licensed separately
7. End users can use the free Feedback Client to submit feedback to TFS, and access MSDN software to review the app and provide feedback.
8. MSDN Subscription not required. Updates vary by edition.
9. Windows Azure benefits vary by offering
10. Paid MSDN subscriptions will have access at no additional charge when paid plans become available

What’s changed or removed in Office 2013


 

The following table contains information about what’s changed in Excel.
Excel

Title Application.EnableAnimations in Excel
Scope Excel
Type of Change disabling the feature
Description Application.EnableAnimations is being disabled.
Reason for Change This feature does not work with the new animations. Therefore, the ability to turn off animations is being disabled.
Benefits Prevent animations from being turned off accidentally.
Replacement N/A
Additional Information N/A
Title Editing workbooks in a browser that has external data connections. Excel Web App no longer remembers View mode when transitioning a file to Edit mode.
Scope SharePoint eCal (Excel Services) with Office Web Apps Server is installed. SharePoint eCal (Excel Services) with Office Web Apps Server is installed and is being upgraded to Office 2013.
Admins can configure workbooks to be viewed through Excel Services by using the SharePoint viewer, or through Excel Web App.
Applies only whenExcel Services uses the SharePoint viewer (view mode).
Type of Change Architectural
 Description Workbooks that have external data connections that require Windows Authentication cannot be edited in the browser. Users who attempt to open them are prompted to open the workbooks in the client.
Workbooks that have database credentials stored in the Secure Store or in the connection string can still be edited.
 Reason for Change  N/A
 Benefits Users can get better scale-out and management by using Office Web Apps Server instead of Excel Services.
 Replacement  N/A
 Additional Information  N/A

Exchange Server 2013 Feature Updates


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The following describes the new and changed features that are available if you have Exchange Server 2013.

Available with Exchange Server 2013

  • Additions/changes
  • Description

Apps for Outlook

An app for Outlook is a cloud-enabled application that integrates rich, scenario-focused content and services together with Outlook 2013. You can obtain apps for Outlook from the Office Store. Exchange Administrators can make specific apps for Outlook available to their end-users if their Exchange accounts are on Exchange Server 2013. For more information, see Manage Apps for Office.

Data Loss Prevention

Data loss prevention (DLP) is a new feature area in Exchange Server 2013. DLP capabilities help you protect sensitive data and inform users of internal compliance policies. DLP can also help keep your organization safe from users who mistakenly send sensitive information to unauthorized people. The new Exchange DLP features help you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data by using deep content analysis.

Exchange Server 2013 offers built-in DLP policies that are based on regulatory standards such as personally identifiable information (PII) and payment card industry data security standards (PCI). DLP is extensible so that it can support other policies that are important to your business. Additionally, the new Policy Tips in Outlook inform users about policy violations before they send sensitive data.

For information about how to configure Data Loss Prevention and Policy Tips with Exchange Server 2013, see Data Loss Prevention and Policy Tips.

Site Mailboxes

Site mailboxes improve collaboration and user productivity by allowing access to both SharePoint 2013 documents and Exchange email that use the same client interface. A site mailbox consists of SharePoint 2013 site membership (owners and members), shared storage through an Exchange Server 2013 mailbox for email messages and a SharePoint 2013 site for documents, and a management interface that addresses provisioning and life-cycle needs.

Site mailboxes require Exchange Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 integration and configuration. For more information, see Configure site mailboxes in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.

Exchange Server 2013 -Features


Exchange Server 2013 -Features:
Existing features have been significantly enhanced and new features have been added to both of the Exchange Server editions.
The following table provides a feature breakdown for each server edition of Exchange Server 2013:

Feature Standard Server Edition Enterprise Server Edition
Mailbox Databases 1-5 databases 1-50 databases

Exchange Server 2013 – Client Access Licenses (CALs)
As with the Server licenses, the Exchange Server 2013 CALs have also been significantly improved from the previous versions of Exchange. The Exchange Enterprise CAL is available in the same two variants as before; Exchange Enterprise CAL without Services and Exchange Enterprise CAL with Services. The following tables provide a detailed feature breakdown for each CAL edition of Exchange Server 2013:

Feature Standard CAL Standard + Enterprise CAL (with and without Services)
E-mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks Yes Yes
Outlook Web App (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari support) Yes Yes
Exchange ActiveSync Mobile Access Yes Yes
Rich Outlook inbox experience, including enhanced Conversation View and Mail Tips Yes Yes
Apps for Outlook and Outlook Web App Yes Yes
Site mailboxes Yes Yes
Role Based Access Control capabilities Yes Yes
Integration of IM, SMS, and RSS Yes Yes
Federated Calendar Sharing Yes Yes
Exchange ActiveSync Mobile Management Policies Standard Advanced
Journaling Per Database Per User/Distribution List
Journal decryption No Yes
Voicemail with Unified Messaging No Yes
Retention Policies Default Custom
Integrated Archive No Yes*
Multi-Mailbox Search Yes Yes
In-Place Hold No Yes
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) No Yes
Outlook PolicyTips with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) No Yes**
Information Protection and Control (IPC): transport protection rules, Outlook protection rules, IRM Search No Yes

* Archive requires Office 2007 Pro Plus, Office 2010 Pro Plus, or Office 2013 Pro Plus Volume Licensing
** Outlook PolicyTips require Office 2013 Pro Plus Volume Licensing

Customers may buy the standard CAL standalone, but those who want to acquire the Enterprise features as listed above must purchase both the standard and the Enterprise CALs.

The Enterprise CAL with Services has all the above features but also has antivirus and anti-spam service subscriptions from Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange.

Feature Standard CAL Standard + Enterprise CAL (with Services)
Forefront Online Protection for Exchange No Yes

Exchange 2013 Server Licensing


Exchange 2013 Server Licensing
License Types
Exchange Server 2013 on-premises can be licensed in the Server / Client Access License (CAL) model in two ways:
1. Server Licenses
A license must be assigned for each instance of the server software that is being run. The Exchange Server license is sold in two server editions:

  • Standard Edition: designed for the mailbox needs of small to medium organizations. Also appropriate for non-mailbox roles in a larger Exchange deployment.
  • Enterprise Edition: designed for larger organizations that may require a greater number of mailbox databases.

2. Client Access Licenses (CALs)
Exchange requires a CAL for each user or device that accesses the server software. There are two types of CALs for Exchange:

  • Standard CAL: designed to help users be more productive from virtually any platform, browser, or mobile device, with new features in Exchange Server 2013 that help manage communications overload and lower helpdesk costs.
  • Enterprise CAL: designed to allow organizations to reduce the costs and complexity of meeting compliance requirements with new integrated archiving functionality and information protection capabilities, while also helping you cut costs by replacing legacy voice mail systems with Unified Messaging.

The Enterprise CAL is sold as an add-on to the Standard CAL. To enable Standard CAL features for a user, the user must be licensed with just the Standard CAL. To enable Enterprise CAL features, the user must be licensed with one Standard CAL plus one Enterprise CAL.
Note: Both CALs work with either Server Edition.

Exchange Server 2013


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Exchange Server 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 brings a new rich set of technologies, features, and services to the Exchange Server product line. Its goal is to support people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to a collaboration focus. At the same time, Exchange Server 2013 helps lower the total cost of ownership whether you deploy Exchange 2013 on-premises or provision your mailboxes in the cloud.
Exchange Server 2013 comes with a number of new features as well as improvements on existing features that are already familiar to those who have worked with Exchange Server 2010.
Here are a few of the highlights:
• Reduction in server roles to just two; Client Access server and Mailbox server
• New streamlined Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App user interfaces, and offline access for OWA
• No more Exchange Management Console, all administration is now performed using the new web-based Exchange Administration Center and the Exchange Management Shell (using PowerShell 3.0)
• Improvements to high availability features and manageability
• Public folders are now stored in mailbox databases and can take advantage of Database Availability Groups for replication and high availability
• Data loss prevention capabilities that can be integrated into Transport Rules

New features and functionality in Exchange 2013 are designed to do the following:
Support a multigenerational workforce Social integration and making it easier to find people is important to users. Smart Search learns from users’ communication and collaboration behavior to enhance and prioritize search results in Exchange. Also, with Exchange 2013, users can merge contacts from multiple sources to provide a single view of a person, by linking contact information pulled from multiple locations.
Provide an engaging experience Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Microsoft Outlook Web App have a fresh new look. Outlook Web App emphasizes a streamlined user interface that also supports the use of touch, enhancing the mobile device experience with Exchange.
Integrate with SharePoint and Lync Exchange 2013 offers greater integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Lync 2013 through site mailboxes and In-Place eDiscovery. Together, these products offer a suite of features that make scenarios such as enterprise eDiscovery and collaboration using site mailboxes possible.
Help meet evolving compliance needs Compliance and eDiscovery are challenging for many organizations. Exchange 2013 helps you to find and search data not only in Exchange, but across your organization. With improved search and indexing, you can search across Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Windows file servers. In addition, data loss prevention (DLP) can help keep your organization safe from users mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. DLP helps you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis.
Provide a resilient solution Exchange 2013 builds upon the Exchange Server 2010 architecture and has been redesigned for simplicity of scale, hardware utilization, and failure isolation.

Windows To Go

 

 

Windows To Go

Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. Windows To Go workspaces can use the same image enterprises use for their desktops and laptops and can be managed the same way. Windows To Go is not intended to replace desktops, laptops or supplant other mobility offerings. Rather, it provides support for efficient use of resources for alternative workplace scenarios. There are some additional considerations that you should keep in mind before you start to use Windows To Go:

Windows To Go: Frequently asked questions

With Windows To Go, you can create a copy of Windows 8 on a USB drive and then use it wherever you go. If you’re working from home or traveling, just insert the USB drive in your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC and you can open and use all the apps and files you need to get your work done. For more info, see Start your PC from a Windows To Go workspace.

What is a Windows To Go workspace?
A Windows To Go workspace consists of the Windows 8 operating system on a USB drive as well as all the files, folders, and apps that were copied over when the workspace was created.

How do I stop using my Windows To Go workspace and continue working on my PC?
Shut down your Windows To Go workspace, remove the drive, and then start your PC. You shut down your workspace the same way you shut down your PC.

Warning

 It’s important that you shut down your Windows To Go workspace completely before you remove the USB drive that contains it; otherwise, you could lose data or damage the operating system. If you do remove the drive by mistake, reinsert it immediately, and wait for Windows To Go to finish shutting down.

What is a Windows image file and where can I find it?
A Windows image file (with a .wim extension) contains the operating system, apps, and files of the PC. When you create a Windows To Go workspace, you’ll need to choose an image file. Most of the time, Windows To Go will find the image file, but if it doesn’t, ask your system administrator for help.

What hardware is required to create a Windows To Go workspace?
To help make sure that the Windows To Go workspace you create works as it should, we recommend only using devices that display the Designed for Windows logo. For a list of these devices, go to the Windows To Go: Feature overview page on the TechNet website.