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Applies to: Office 365 Dedicated Plans

Topic Last Modified: 2012-11-29

Deployment projects for Office 365 dedicated plans and ITAR-support plans require that your deployment personnel have backgrounds in project management, technical consulting, or technical support.

For the technical areas of the deployment, project personnel should have Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)-level skills and at least three years of experience with deploying Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, the Windows Server operating system, and the Active Directory service for enterprise organizations of 10,000 seats or more.

In addition, project personnel should have knowledge in the following areas:

  • Network topology including but not limited to:
    • Active Directory sites, topology, and forest and domain trusts
    • Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity (bandwidth, latency, and throughput)
  • Messaging systems including but not limited to:
    • Microsoft Exchange Server
    • Lotus Notes
    • Novell GroupWise
    • POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP technologies
  • Instant messaging systems including but not limited to:
    • Microsoft Lync Server 2010
    • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
    • Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005
    • IBM Lotus Sametime
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