Today saw Microsoft release the Office 365 Integration Module for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.
The Office 365 Integration Module is an additional feature that is available for Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) 2011 Essentials. This feature add-in simplifies the management of Office 365 by integrating the administration experience into the server Dashboard, the command-and-control center for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.
This is what Microsoft said today:
It is our pleasure to announce that starting today the Office 365 Integration Module for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (OIM) is freely available for download in the Microsoft Download Center. We would like to thank all the partners and customers who have participated in the beta program to help us to make it even better.
The OIM allows customers using Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials to run the core technology services they need on-premise and easily integrate with Office 365 for email and collaboration—without increasing management costs or complexity.
The OIM helps centralize user and server management, enabling small businesses to manage their users’ access to services offered both locally and in the cloud from one single place, thus saving time and money. For example, a small business with SBS 2011 Essentials that already has a number of local users and has just subscribed to Office 365 can provision them all into the cloud with a very simple wizard.
And don’t forget to buy my Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book.