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Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters

Ever wonder what Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure used to power Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint in Office 365 looks like?

Two resources have been made available which gives visibility into the technology, infrastructure and history behind it:

Microsoft TechNet: MS Datacenters (A Window into Microsoft Datacenters): http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdatacenters/archive/2011/07/25/microsoft-shares-video-tour-of-its-cloud-datacenters.aspx Microsoft GFS Datacenter Tour (Video): http://www.globalfoundationservices.com/infrastructure/videos.html

These Microsoft Cloud Datacenters are used to power all of Microsoft’s online efforts (including Bing, MSDN, Windows Live, etc…) including the Microsoft Office 365 services.

Ten football fields of server power in one location (Chicago)!

Communicator & Lync Sign-In Troubleshooting Tool (Version 3)

If you are debugging Lync sign-in issues, this free tool might help.

Communicator & Lync Sign-In Troubleshooting Tool (Version 3): http://blog.insideocs.com/2011/07/19/communicator-lync-lync-sign-in-troubleshooting-tool-version-3/

Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit - Complete

A quick note – it appears the Lync Resource Kit Book is now complete. I am looking forward to it given how well written and useful the original Office Communications Server Resource Kit Book was.

Apparently a decision has been made not to release a hardcopy version of it, but rather an eBook version. In the meantime, you can download 19 Free Chapters here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=22644.

Tip: you can download all 19 Chapters at once by downloading “Microsoft_Lync_Server_2010_Resource_Kit_Chapters.zip” (half way down on the download list).

Read more about it on NextHop: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/