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Solutions using Office Servers and the Cloud


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2014-09-01

Summary: This solutions content highlights SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, and Lync Server 2013, in addition to solutions for Microsoft Azure and Office 365.

In a real-world technology solution, different products and services work well together. For example, you want your Exchange Server 2013 messaging environment to work seamlessly with your document repositories in SharePoint Server 2013 and the enterprise-voice capabilities in Lync Server 2013. In addition, if your solution includes services like Exchange Online or Azure to reduce costs or make the solution easier to manage, you want your on-premises products and cloud services experience to be great.

Consider an eDiscovery scenario, where you must collect data in response to a request for information in a lawsuit. Aspects of eDiscovery, such as in-place hold, are available in Exchange 2013 and in SharePoint 2013. Office 365 products, such as Exchange Online, also support eDiscovery. At this point, you might ask:

  • Which combination of products and services best serves my users and makes sense for my organization right now?

  • How do I set up my organization to best take advantage of cloud services?

  • How do I deliver a seamless experience?

Our goal is to give you solutions content that answers these questions and explains how to implement SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013 and related services in common scenarios, such as eDiscovery.

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Two of our new scenarios demonstrate Azure as a disaster-recovery environment for an existing SharePoint deployment and how to deploy Office 365 Directory Synchronization in Azure.

With our help, you can set up your organization for a cloud-centered future that uses a mix of on-premises products and cloud services.

  • Technical Diagrams — This collection of technical diagrams helps you configure Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync to work together. For example, you can learn how network traffic is routed between these products.

  • Test Lab Guides — Test Lab Guides help you quickly become proficient with Microsoft products. They’re especially helpful when you want to evaluate a technology before you deploy it. We highlight the Test Lab Guides that cover SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, and Lync Server 2013.


Deploy Office 365 Directory Synchronization in Microsoft Azure

Learn how to deploy the Azure Active Directory Sync tool to a virtual machine in Azure and synchronize your on-premises Active Directory users to Office 365.

Microsoft Azure Architectures for SharePoint 2013

Learn how Azure Infrastructure Services can host SharePoint Server 2013 deployments. In this section, we describe two solutions, including a SharePoint Server 2013 disaster-recovery farm and provide links to related resources.

SharePoint Server 2013 Disaster Recovery in Microsoft Azure

Discover the resources to help you build an inexpensive and flexible disaster-recovery SharePoint farm using Azure Infrastructure Services.

Internet Sites in Microsoft Azure using SharePoint Server 2013

See how to use Azure Infrastructure Services to create SharePoint Server 2013 sites that can scale and take advantage of Azure identity features.

Using Microsoft Azure Active Directory for SharePoint 2013 authentication

Take advantage of identity features that are provided by Azure for your SharePoint Server 2013 with the Azure Active Directory Access Control.

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