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  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Webcasts delivered by Byron Spurlock (On Demand) – Part 1 of 4

    Back in June (of 2011), Byron Spurlock delivered a 4 part Lync Webcast Series for me.  Byron is a former Microsoft Consultant who focused on Office Communications Server (and Lync).  He has also spoken at other conferences such as Exchange Connections and Tech Ed.  Byron was kind enough...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Lync Server 2010: Implementing Call-Admission Control

    On Wednesday, we had Part 3 of the 4 part series but had no questions posted so I don’t have a post for that.  We finished up Part 4on Friday, June 24th and had two questions.  I am posting those below with the corresponding answers.  Also, if you would like to get a hold of Byron Spurlock...
  • Blog Post: West Region IT Camps in November and December

    On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/10/17/upcoming-west-region-technet-events-in-november-2011.aspx ).  I am now writing a follow up post to...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Short Recap

    I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2011 in Atlanta, GA from May 16th through 19th.  I thought I would recap some of my experiences from the past week.  Tech Ed is one of the best opportunities for IT Pros to gather and get the latest and greatest information on a plethora of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 On Demand Webcast: Migration and Coexistence (Part 2 of 4)

    On Monday, August 15th, I posted Part 1 of 4 of the Lync Webcast Series that Byron delivered back in June of 2011.  Here is Part 2 of 4 – Migration and Coexistence.  If you would like to get a hold of Byron, you are more than welcome to contact him at byrons@quadrantechnologies.com . Harold...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Lync Server 2010: Migration and Coexistence Questions and Answers (Friday, June 17, 2011)

    We completed our second webcast and had one question during that session.  Below is the Question and the corresponding answer. Our fourth session ( Lync Server 2010: Implementing Call-Admission Control) is taking place on Friday, June 24th from 10 AM – 11 AM (PST).  If you haven’t registered...
  • Blog Post: Licensing 101: Lync Server 2010

    The next Licensing model I will cover is Lync Server 2010. Just like Exchange Server 2010, Lync Server 2010 also has a Server License and a Client Access License (CAL) model. Server Licensing For organizations that don’t need high availability or load balancing capabilities, Lync Server 2010 Standard...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 On Demand Webcast: Role-Based Access Control (Part 3 of 4)

    On Monday, August 15th, I posted Part 1 of 4 of the Lync Webcast Series that Byron delivered back in June of 2011. On Wednesday, August 17th, I posted Part 2 of 4.  Here is Part 3 of 4 – Role-Based Access Control. If you would like to get a hold of Byron, you are more than welcome to contact him...
  • Blog Post: Quick Review of some Lync headsets and devices

    I’ve been a Unified Communications guy for quite some time and have been using Lync (and its predecessors) for many years now. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to try out different headsets and thought I would take a few minutes and share some of my experiences. Before I start...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region - Updated 2/15/12

    In the West Region, Chris Avis and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed. We are evolving...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Lync 2010 Voice Deployment Question & Answer Log (10-7-11)

    On October 7, 2011, Byron Spurlock delivered the third webcast in the Lync 2010 Deep Dive series.  I am a bit late, but here is the Q&A Log from that session. You can reach Byron Spurlock at Byrons@Quadrantechnologies.com . Question: Does Lync 2010 offer a small business solution for companies...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Lync 2010 Conferencing Question & Answer Log (10-14-11)

    The fourth and last Webcast in the Lync Server 2010 Deep Dive series delivered by Byron Spurlock was delivered on October 14, 2011.  The full Question and Answer Log file is below.  You can download the PowerPoint deck here: http://www.slideshare.net/harold.wong/lync-2010-conferencing-deep...
  • Blog Post: IT Camp – Windows Administration in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (1:00 PM–5:00PM)

    For all those IT Professionals who administer some aspect of Microsoft servers and desktops and live in Las Vegas, I wanted to let you know that I am holding a last minute event in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (that’s 5 days from now).  I do apologize for the short notice, but I am hoping you can...
  • Blog Post: Freeware Active Directory, Exchange, Lync provisioning tool from Zeya Oo – Z-Hire Employee Provisioning App

    As techies, we tend to hunt around to find nifty tools and utilities that will help us do our job easier or better.  I think it is a GREAT idea to share the good finds with our friends.  In that vein, I wanted to share with you a nice tool that helps with provisioning of Active Directory, Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days in San Francisco from May 2–3, 2013

    I am always asked if there are any good training events happening that have great technical speakers.  I thought I would mention that there is an event called Tech Days taking place in San Francisco (at the Microsoft downtown office) on May 2nd and 3rd.  The list of speakers include the following...
  • Blog Post: Planning for a Private Cloud – Part 1

    There are pros and cons to every job in every company.  In my role as an IT Pro Evangelist (ITE) here at Microsoft, I get to use the latest and greatest versions of our software.  Since my role is a technical one, I also get paid to be technically adept at all the upcoming products and not...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 On Demand Webcast: Implementing Call-Admission Control (Part 4 of 4)

    On Monday, August 15th, I posted Part 1 of 4 of the Lync Webcast Series that Byron delivered back in June of 2011. On Wednesday, August 17th, I posted Part 2 of 4.  Then yesterday on Friday, August 19th, I posted Part 3 of 4.  Here is the last one in the series – Implementing Call-Admission...
  • Blog Post: Office Hours on Mondays in March 2013 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Microsoft Tempe Office

    I am holding Office Hours in the Microsoft Tempe Office (60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1200, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 10 AM – 2 PM on the following Mondays in March: March 4, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29244 March 11, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours/29245 March 18, 2013: http://ohours.org/officehours...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Lync Server 2010 Architecture Topologies Questions and Answers (Wednesday, June 15, 2011)

    We started a 4 part Webcast Series on Lync 2010 on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.  I worked with Byron Spurlock to deliver the entire series.  Here’s a quick background on Byron to start with.  He was with Microsoft Consulting Services and was quite focused on OCS deployments.  About a...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2011 is coming up fast (May 16 – 19)

    I just realized that I never posted about the upcoming Tech Ed 2011 in Atlanta, GA from May 16th through May 19th.  How could I have done that?  Either way, it is coming up fast and is the largest Microsoft led IT Pro conference that we put on in North America.  The Keynote starts at 9...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Goes Live Today

    Office Communications Server 2007 R2 has been out for almost 2 years now.  This release made huge jumps for Enterprise Voice and now we are ready to move on to the next chapter with the latest version. Today, Lync Server 2010 (successor to OCS) becomes available!  If you are a TechNet or MSDN...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Lync 2010 High Availability Question & Answer Log (09-23-11)

    I was able to work with Byron Spurlock (former Microsoft Consultant with MCS) to have him deliver another Webcast Series on Lync Server 2010. The second one was delivered on September 23, 2011 on Lync Server 2010 High Availability. I am a bit behind, but I am now catching up and posting the Questions...
  • Blog Post: Technology Roadmap event for IT Managers

    One of the common requests I receive from folks is around the Microsoft Technology Roadmap. Everyone wants to know what the future of a given product or platform will be so they can make better decisions around how to use (or buy) our technologies. I found out there is an event coming up on Thursday...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Lync Server 2010 Edge Deep Dive Question & Answer Log

    On September 16, 2011, Byron Spurlock delivered a TechNet webcast on Lync Server 2010 Edge services.  I helped Byron answer questions on the back-end during the webcast.  I am posting the full Q&A log here after validating the answers to the questions.  You can also find a copy of...
  • Blog Post: Volkswagen (Group of America) takes Lync for a Test Drive Lync

    I recently found out that Volkswagen Group of America has decided to deploy Lync 2010 as the IM and Enterprise Voice solution for the company.  You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, so what?  Just another company deploying some kind of Microsoft software.”  That may be true, but there is a...