To enable Exchange Unified Messaging (UM) functionality, Exchange Server 2007 needs to be connected to your telephony systems. This requires some telephony equipment, knowledge and skills not previously required by your Exchange administrators. To help you kick start into exploring Exchange UM functionality, our UM Specialist Partners now offer the UM for $1000starter Trial Kit which contains one compatible Voice-over-IP (VoIP) gateway and 2 hours of over-the-phone assistance to help you set up Exchange UM for limited lab testing purposes.
Goal of Trial Kit
The goal of the trial kit is to provide you with the opportunity to find out more about Exchange UM. Primarily designed to work with minimal telephony configuration, the trial kit contains the gateway and assistance you need to set up Exchange UM for limited lab testing in a cost-effective and hassle-free manner. Business decision makers and non-telephony-experts in particular will find this kit useful since valuable time and resources can be channeled from setting up Exchange UM to evaluating its functionality.
What You Can Achieve With The Trial Kit
The trial kit is designed to help you set up the configuration illustrated in Figure 1. Under this configuration, you have Exchange 2007 with UM installed on a stand-alone server, and an analog VoIP gateway sitting in between the server and an analog telephone line. With the server configured to accept calls, you can test some of the most popular UM features (such as Outlook Voice Access, Auto-Attendant and Play-on-Phone) offered by Exchange 2007 simply by calling the number of the phone line. Note that the actual list of UM features available for testing under this setup is dependent on your PBX model and configuration. More complex features such as Call Transfer may not be available. Call Answering is not available under this setup. For questions on features availability, please contact the UM Specialist Partner (listed in Table 1) of your choice.
Figure 1: Setup Configuration Supported By Trial Kit
Pre-requisites for Using the Trial Kit
To be able to use the trial kit, you need to have/do the following:
A 32/64-bit TEST MACHINE that meets the system requirements  for Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2,
Download and install Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2  (with client Access, Hub-Transport, Mailbox and Unified-Messaging roles selected) on the test machine, and
Have at least one (up to four) analog telephone line for connecting to the analog VoIP gateway.
Note that the trial kit is only meant to be used for limited LAB testing purposes only. DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR OWN PRODUCTION SERVERS!
Price and Availability Information
Our UM Specialist Partners are making available a limited number of trial kits at a discounted price of US$1000 (excluding applicable tax and shipping fees). Offer expires on November 1st 2006 or while supplies last. Please contact the UM Specialist Partner (listed in Table 1) of your choice for price and availability details.
This offer is brought to you by our UM Specialist Partners listed in Table 1. These are Systems Integrators who have received focused technical training in Exchange UM conducted by Microsoft and have deployed Exchange Server 2007 with UM extensively in their own lab facilities. To start purchasing, simply contact the UM Specialist Partner of your choice.
Adtech Global Solutions
Lisa Walton (email@example.com)
Tim Bakke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Black Box Network Services
Bob Decker (email@example.com)
Geomant Enterprise Solutions
Attila Megyeri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gold Systems, Inc
Deb Prenger (email@example.com)
Neil May (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The VIA Group
David Carswell, Sr. (email@example.com)
Table 1: List of UM Specialist Partners
What You Will Receive
For each trial kit purchased, you will receive:
One AudioCodes MediaPack 114 FXO VoIP gateway (for more information on the gateway, refer to ), and
Two hours of phone consultation with a representative from the UM Specialist Partner who will guide you through the process of setting up Exchange Unified Messaging and testing its functionality. Please note that long-term support is not included as part of the trial kit. Please contact the UM Specialist Partner of your choice for support details.
For More Information
For any clarifications needed, please do not hesitate to contact any of the participating UM Partners.
This offer is brought to you by our UM Specialist Partners listed in Table 1, not Microsoft, and the contacted partner is solely responsible for fulfilling the offer. The UM Specialist Partners listed reserve the rights to withdraw from this program at any point.
The information conveyed in this article is subjected to changes and Microsoft does not guarantee its accuracy.