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    Product Definitions

    Client Products :

    Microsoft Office Groove 2007:

    This is available as a standalone or as a part of Office 2007 Suites Enterprise or Ultimate, This product is unmanaged out of the box and can be managed via Groove Enterprise Services or Groove Server 2007

    Free Trial 60 days : http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?sku=3082923&section_id=211&culture=en-US

    Microsoft Office Live Groove:

    Groove client available from Office Online Trial download site and may be converted into a 1 year subscription. This product is unmanaged.

    Managed : Groove client accesses the Groove Server 2007 at the customer site or Groove Enterprise Services

    Unmanaged : Groove client accesses the public relay upon download. Customer has no ability to manage the workspaces, domain, etc.

    Free Trail 60 days : http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/officelive/FX101945661033.aspx

    Server Products :

    Microsoft Groove Server 2007

    Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007 is comprised of three, separately installed server applications

    Groove Manager

    Office Groove Server Manager is an easy-to-use, Web-based interface for managing all aspects of Office Groove 2007 deployments, including user account configuration, domain creation and certification, policy setting and enforcement, reporting and compliance, and more.

    Groove Relay

    Office Groove Server Relay provides three essential services that enable teams using Office Groove 2007 to work efficiently and productively anywhere, online or offline, with members inside and outside their organizations. The three services are(To find more click this link): http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/grooveserver/HA101655281033.aspx#2

    Groove Data Bridge

    Office Groove Server Data Bridge facilitates data integration between Office Groove 2007 client-side workspaces and enterprise databases and applications. Office Groove Server Data Bridge also enables IT organizations to build custom solutions that efficiently bridge the gap between the centralized data center and project teams working in an unstructured manner. As a result, teams stay productive anywhere they need to work with centralized data, and enterprise applications and data stay automatically up to date.

    Free Trial : No free trial for Microsoft Groove Server 2007 you have to try the Groove Enterprise Services http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidGrooveES

    Hosted Services :

    Groove Enterprise Services

    Office Groove Enterprise Services provides IT organizations with powerful, Web-based tools to centrally manage smaller deployments of Microsoft Office Groove 2007 without any on-site infrastructure. Office Groove Enterprise Services includes two primary services: Groove Enterprise Services Manager and Groove Enterprise Services Relay. This is a Web-based offering that requires no on-site server infrastructure or changes to network configurations

    Office Groove Enterprise Services is offered on an annual subscription basis with a price-per-user fee structure.

    Free Trial 30 days : http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidGrooveES. You need to have a Windows Live or Passport Account and a Volume License account code.

    Difference between Groove Server 2007 & Groove Enterprise Services (Hosted) :

    Customers consider two criteria when choosing Office Groove Enterprise Services or Office Groove Server 2007: cost and functionality. Generally, Office Groove Enterprise Services is more cost-effective for smaller deployments, while Office Groove Server 2007 is more cost-effective for larger deployments. Office Groove Server 2007 also provides additional functionality such as directory integration and server-side data integration. Larger organizations that value these capabilities should acquire Office Groove Server 2007.

    Advantages of Groove Server 2007 :

    While most of management capabilities in Office Groove Server 2007 and Office Groove Enterprise Services are identical, having a dedicated Office Groove Server 2007 on-site does provide additional capabilities. These capabilities include Active Directory integration, administrative control over server functions through roles-based access control, the ability to create multiple domains, and custom reporting opportunities using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services or Crystal Reports for Microsoft Visual Studio.

    Reference Links:
    Groove Home :
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/grooveserver/FX101674161033.aspx

    Groove System Requirements:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove/HA101945381033.aspx

    Office Groove 2007 FAQ:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove/HA101650611033.aspx

    Groove Server FAQ:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/grooveserver/HA101655281033.aspx#2

    Groove Enterprise Services FAQ:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/grooveservices/HA101655291033.aspx

    Groove Licensing:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/FX101754511033.aspx

    Vertical Case Studies:

    IT Project Teams
    http://www.groove.net/index.cfm?pagename=Segment1

    The Public Sector
    http://www.groove.net/index.cfm?pagename=Segment2

    Managing a Small Business
    http://www.groove.net/index.cfm?pagename=Segment3

    Consulting Practices
    http://www.groove.net/index.cfm?pagename=Segment4

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