Microsoft Office Communications Server Integration Microsoft announced the Release 2 edition of Microsoft Communications Server, Microsoft's solution for streamlining presence awareness, IM infrastructure, remote conferencing, and Voice over IP. The Release 2 edition of Microsoft Office Communications Server includes enhancements that give network administrators more control for supporting their communications infrastructure efficiently while representing an extensible platform for communications-enabled work processes.

To lower expenses, improve productivity, and promote collaboration, the new edition of Office Communications Server allows phone audioconferencing to replace costly outside services with an on-premises audioconferencing software bridge that can be administered along with the current communications environment. Microsoft Communications Server 2007 Release 2 also now features desktop sharing, which allows workers to share their desktop seamlessly and launch audio communications and team up with others outside the organization on Windows PC, Macintosh, or Linux computers via a Web-based interface. The new version of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 also allows geographically scattered teams to work together by participating in topic-based dialogues that extend indefinitely. This tool provides users with an index of all available discussion sessions and topics, automatically backs up chats in a file format that addresses compliance requirements, delivers utilities to look through the complete record of chat on a given theme, and provides triggers and alerts to notify someone of recent updates.

the latest edition of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 also incorporates enhanced support for voice communications and mobile workers. The innovative attendant window allows support personnel or team administrators to control calls and conferences on behalf of other users, establish processes to direct phone calls, and manage larger numbers of incoming communications via a software-based interface. The SIP trunking feature allows companies to reduce costs by establishing up a direct VoIP connection between an Internet telephony service supplier and Microsoft Communications Server without needing in-house gateways. Also, Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile functionality now includes more platforms such as the Nokia S40, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Consultants Can Help Your Business to Benefit from Office Communications Server
A Standard Edition Office Communications Server hosts all required services on a single Front End Server. The minimal expense in hardware and ease of management make this configuration is optimal for small and mid-sized organization and for remote offices. Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 relies on Microsoft Windows Server and taps into core Windows technologies such as Active Directory, SQL Server, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, and Exchange Server. With Microsoft Office Communications Server, you can add real-time collaboration features and presence to popular MS Office applications such as Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Excel, and Microsoft Word. Presence awareness from the server can also be added to line-of-business software. Microsoft Office Communications Server also acts as the presence engine for team web sites and web portals, providing presence and IM support from within Windows SharePoint Services sites.

Microsoft Communications Server Expertise

Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can provide expert technical services for all these areas and can help your company in designing and implementing an installation of Microsoft Communications Server 2007 so as to optimize the business value of this IM, presence, and VoIP platform. Progent can also assist you to migrate from Live Communications Server 2005 to the latest version of Microsoft Communications Server 2007.

Progent's IT professionals can help you to deploy Microsoft Communications Server 2007 and configure a range of Microsoft platforms to benefit from the presence, Instant Messaging, and VoIP capabilities available with Office Communications Server:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Support
Progent offers a variety of Windows Server 2008 planning and integration services that can assist small organizations to benefit from Microsoft Windows Server 2008. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your company to understand the ways Microsoft Windows Server 2008 could improve the business value of your network so that you can rationalize a migration. Progent can help you pilot Windows Server 2008 in order to determine its stability, speed, and operability running your workloads. Progent can help with creating a rollout strategy, evaluate and improve your current network environment, document archiving and restoration procedures, analyze security architecture and policies, assist in setting up actual and virtual servers, design high-availability solutions including server clustering, educate your in-house IT administration staff, and deploy automated server monitoring processes to ensure system protection and performance.

Microsoft Exchange Server Design, Configuration, Troubleshooting, and Hosting Support
Progent's Microsoft certified support team can show you how to define and implement an efficient Exchange Server 2007 upgrade plan that minimizes productivity disruption, simplifies long-term support demands, and makes your Microsoft Exchange 2007 Server easy to administer. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 help, troubleshooting, and design services include expertise with the configuration of outside vendor enhancements of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and the design of unified messaging implementations powered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Hosting Services offer an enterprise-class data center that features backed-up power and cooling systems, 24x7 site security and operations center, plus fault-tolerant connections to tier-1 Internet service companies. Hosted Microsoft Exchange servers are set up as virtualized machines for fault tolerance, smooth expandability, and rapid recovery. Services include complete incorporation with your network, connectivity with mobile computing devices, automated tracking of performance and network security, spam and virus filtering, patch and revision management, Help Desk services, per-day data backup, and full messaging administration services.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Help
Progent can offer assistance for designing, configuring, and managing successful Microsoft Office SharePoint Server solutions that will significantly improve key aspects of your organization's IT network including teamwork, intranet portal, corporate-wide search, forms-based business processes, delivery of management information, and content control. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you to evaluate the business benefit for implementing SharePoint Server, provide configuration and integration expertise, assist your business to configure SQL Server as a back-office database, optimize your network infrastructure, set up your off-the-shelf and custom application software to operate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, create a comprehensive protection plan that includes web portal technology, and deliver online and in-person troubleshooting and Help Desk Call Center services.

Microsoft SQL Server Consulting Services
Progent's SQL Server experts can make sure your small business configures Microsoft SQL 2008 properly, and that your SQL Server database solution is incorporated thoroughly with your business applications. Progent offers 24x7 network tracking to make sure your business network is working efficiently, and Progent's online Technical Response Center is available to offer fast solutions for SQL-related issues. Progent's certified computer security experts can evaluate your company-wide security processes and mechanisms and suggest improvements for better regulatory compliance. Progent's developers can help your company to create or personalize line-of-business applications or web sites rely on databases managed by SQL Server.

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Microsoft Windows Active Directory demands significant hands-on experience to configure optimally across a large corporation. Progentís Microsoft certified Active Directory experts are experienced in planning, deploying, and maintaining complex Enterprise Active Directory installations. Progentís fields of proven competence with Windows 2003 and 2008 Active Directory include replication issues, multi-domain partition configurations, repair of corrupted Active Directory objects, dealing with residual beta version configuration objects in production AD environments, and fixing unsuccessful configurations of Active Directory and AD-associated programs.

PC Desktop Consulting and Support Services
Progent's Microsoft Gold certified desktop support experts can deliver a wide range of cost-effective consulting and support services to assist your business to deploy, configure, repair, and manage desktop PCs and laptops powered by Microsoft Windows. Progent can offer on-premises or remote help for single desktop computers and handheld devices or help you to design and implement a network-wide migration to the most current release of Windows. Progent can also install Microsoft Office or Microsoft Dynamics applications on your workstations so they communicate productively with all Microsoft programs, products from popular vendors, business servers, and key solutions throughout your network. Progent can also provide consultants and technicians to help you to prepare for and implement an office relocation or merger designed to produce the least possible disruption of your business.

Wireless Solutions Expertise
Progentís consultants provide expertise in multiple technologies related to mobile networking such as system topology, wireless data synchronization, wireless security, mobile email, Microsoft Windows Mobile, RIM Blackberry, and wireless application development. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco certified professionals can save your organization work and money by applying their wireless expertise to help you choose and integrate mobile networking technologies that make sense for your business. Progent can also tune your IT infrastructure so that wireless PDAs work more reliably.

Emergency Online Technical Support
Progentís Technical Response Center provides nationwide remote support for Windows and Cisco-based small office information networks. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-Certified service professionals provide telephone support and remote direct network access to isolate and repair network problems quickly and economically. The breadth of technical experience represented by Progent's staff of nationwide support engineers makes it possible to escalate even the toughest problems to appropriate experts as required.

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