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Jacques Pavlenyi 1000002W2A firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  8.5.1 maintenance upgrade 7 7.5 sametime renewal 2 Comments 2,578 Visits
As if the greatly improved administrative experience, user experience and overall business value from IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 weren't enough (hey, I had a lot of coffee this morning), you might want to also know that IBM has announced that as of September 30, 2011 (over a year from now), IBM will no longer be providing support for Sametime 7 and Sametime 7.5. This should give you, our esteemed clients, plenty of time to upgrade. And remember, if you're on Software Maintenance (and most of you already are), there is no charge to upgrade*: begin planning your upgrade now by starting with Upgrade Central or Planning for migration from an earlier release in the Sametime Information Center.
(*terms and conditions apply, see Announcement Letter for details. I had to say that or IBM Legal would get mad at me).
For those of you who attended Lotusphere or DNUG, you may have attended the highly regarded session on Sametime 8.5 installation by Frank Altenburg and Volker Juergensen.
Now Frank has published the next generation online version for you to use. Its posted here for anyone to play. The slides are also posted to download.
Here is a summary of the session
Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 setup can be fast, smooth, and easy when you know what you are doing. The new server architecture of Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 offers so many more options to deploy that it is not easy to know where to start. In this presentation, the presenters wanted to prove that it is possible to create a proof of concept setup very quickly, They install all the new Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 components: Lotus Sametime System Console, Community Server, Proxy Server, Meeting Server, Media Server, and the new Lotus Sametime Connect client. At the end of the presentation, you can experience how to maintain and administer the whole environment from the new Lotus Sametime System Console.
We hope you can benefit from this free training tool.
Jacques Pavlenyi 1000002W2A email@example.com Tags:  announcement 8.5.1 ucoms sametime availability #ucoms 2,894 Visits
IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 is here! Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 extends the capabilities of Sametime 8.5 to additional desktop operating systems and mobile device operating systems, providing comprehensive support for all of the most popular desktop and mobile device operating systems. Following are the Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 additions:
Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 also provides server support for the most recent release of Lotus Domino (8.5.1), with plans to provide support for the next version shortly after it is released. In addition, Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 support for Linux on IBM System z will be available approximately 60 days after electronic availability on the other platforms. You can read the complete announcement letter here.
In addition to the release of Sametime 8.5.1, we're also announcing the general availability of Sametime Unified Telephony. First made available in June 2009, IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony 8.5.1 provides a unified user experience through a single Sametime Connect client, including managing telephone calls, routing calls to various devices, setting call handling rules, and telephony presence. With Sametime Unified Telephony 8.5.1, you can activate these capabilities without a separate download, making it easier to deploy and use. You can read the complete announcement letter here.
The new IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5.1 release is GA today. Here are the system requirements.
Notabale additions are Mac and Linux desktop clients, Windows 7 client support, support for Notes and Domino 8.5.1 and 8.5.2 (when it is delivered) and a plan to add support for zLinux servers for IM and Meetings features within approx 60 days. We have also updated the mobile clients to support Blackberry 5.0 OS and Windows mobile 6.5.
Today and tomorrow there is an innovative virtual Lotus conference called LTAP (a virtual conference for Lotus technical and professionals users). There are many Lotus and partner speakers and two Sametime sessions featuring Rob Ingram and Marlon Machado from the Sametime team. Rob will cover whats new in Sametime and Sametime Unified Telephony 8.5.1 and Marlon will cover Sametime platform and industry solutions.
At 1pm ET today (Wed 27th), Rob will be joining my session live for chat and questions after the presentation. The sessions are all virtual so users can join and listen to a playback at any time.
Registration is free at this site:- http://www.ltapconference.com.
Jacques Pavlenyi 1000002W2A firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  user-group webcast lug news whats-new 8.5.1 2,950 Visits
A reminder from our energetic LotusUserGroup.org community and the Virtual User Group program: join Lotus product managers Rob Ingram and Kathleen Cooke on September 14, 2011 for a brief, but information-packed 30 minute webcast on what's new in IBM Lotus® Sametime® 8.5.1 and IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony 8.5.1 software:
Plus, one lucky participant will win a Plantronics Voyager PRO UC wireless Bluetooth headset*. The presentation is free but requires pre-register here.
(*There's that 'conditions apply - see registration page for details' asterisk again...)
***CORRECTION 08/25*** I forgot to mention that this webcast is part of a series of three upcoming Sametime webcasts jointly sponsored by Plantronics and Meridian IT.