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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: IT Pro Momentum Program Results (Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment) – Anonymous Company

    Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?   CEO demanded real-time presence info. Are you piloting or deploying the products?   Deployed.  We started with a pilot between engineering teams. Presence, IM and outlook integration was very smooth so we deployed...
  • Blog Post: Sitting in Starbucks (10965 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604)

    On Monday, I wrote that I would be in the LA area today for an Angelbeat presentation: http://blogs.technet.com/haroldwong/archive/2008/08/18/sudden-trip-to-san-diego-and-los-angeles.aspx .  It is now 9:30 AM as I write this quick blog entry.  I arrived at the Burbank Airport with no problems...
  • Blog Post: Headsets for Communicator (Office Communications Server 2007)

    For those of you who have deployed (or looking to deploy) Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 for Audio needs (in addition to core IM / Presence) and are looking for headsets, I wanted to start a post with my experiences and then have others jump in with comments. I am listing...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2008 Interview with Peter Schmatz (OCS)

    In this Video interview, I spent a few minutes with Peter Schmatz (PM with Office Communications Server).  Peter gives us some information on the Best Practice Analyzer for OCS as well as other topics such as what we're doing with the product for international deployments.  Remember, click...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft certification

    I'm not sure how many folks believe in the value of Microsoft Certification, but I thought I would share some of my thoughts and recent experiences. I took a look at my current certification situation and realized my MCSE was on Windows Server 2000.  The last exam I took was the LCS 2005 SP1 Exam...
  • Blog Post: Interact 2008 in San Diego, CA (April 8 - 10, 2008)

    For those of you who have an interest in Unified Communications and want to hear and learn more about Office Communications Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, RoundTable, Office Live Meeting and Exchange Hosted Services, you may want to look into attending Interact 2008 in San Diego. This is the...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications (UC) Launch Resources

    For those that have attended (or will be attending) one of the UC Launch Events in the US, I'm hoping you found the information very useful and exciting too! I was asked by many of the attendees in Phoenix if the slide decks from the IT Pro track (4 sessions total) would be made available. I told everyone...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix Unified Communications User Group Meeting on July 21, 2009

    I want to let everyone in the Phoenix area know that the next Unified Communications User Group Meeting is coming us in a few weeks.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 form 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the Microsoft Office (2929 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ). I will be delivering...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation copies of Microsoft Servers

    On a regular basis, I am asked the following question: “Where can I download the trial software of {product x}?” With that in mind, I have decided to post the links to some of these products below: Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9701662 Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Cisco Hardware load balancer with ocs 2007

    I'm sure by now, those of you who are looking at deploying an Office Communications Server 2007 Enterprise Pool realize that a Hardware Load Balancer is REQUIRED.  I've been asked by quite a few people if there are good documents out there that lists all compatible devices as well as how to configure...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2009 Days 3 - 5 Recap

    I guess I didn’t do a good job of blogging every day with a daily recap so now I’m just posting an all up recap of Days 3 through 5. First, I want to thank everyone that was willing to be interviewed by me on video!!!!  I am working on getting all the videos rendered and uploaded.  As soon...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2008 Interview with Lhase Pettersson (MVP)

    Lack of sleep, too much humidity and just a week in Orlando with a bunch of geeks gave me an "inspiration" on a twist for one of my video interviews during Tech Ed 2008.  Lhase Pettersson is an MVP out of Sweden who was working the UC booth area with me.  I decided to ask my questions...
  • 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: Tech Ed 2009 Interviews with two OCS MVPs – Robert Ross and Russ Kirk

    Since Tech Ed 2006 in Boston, I’ve been doing video interviews on site at Tech Ed.  This year was no different.  I was able to catch up with two Office Communications Server MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) this year and get their thoughts on OCS and what it has to offer.  The first...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Connections in Las Vegas – November 9 – 12, 2009

    Doh!!!  I totally forgot to blog the fact that the upcoming Exchange Connections Event will be taking place in Las Vegas, NV from November 9 – 12, 2009: http://www.winconnections.com/default.asp .   Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President of Exchange, will be one of the keynote speakers at the...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2008 Video Interview with Rafael Reyes

    In this final Video Interview I did during Tech Ed 2008, I talk to Rafael Reyes who is an IT Pro Audience Marketing Manager with the Unified Communications team.  Rafael is responsible for making sure there are technical tools and documentation available for the IT Pros as it relates to Unified...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2008 Interview with Sean Smith (Customer)

    As I said in my first post last week about the Tech Ed Interviews I did this year, I did get a customer to agree to be interviewed. The engineer's name is Sean Smith and he works for CorVel out of Portland, Oregon. He attended a 2 Day OCS Ignite class (hands on labs) that I delivered towards the end...
  • Blog Post: Dwight jesseman of University of Florida shares Experience with OCS 2007 R2 and Conferencing

    During a previous Tech Ed, I met Dwight Jesseman who is a Senior Systems Engineer for Messaging at University of Florida. I helped answer some of his questions on Exchange Server 2007 at that time and Dwight was able to assist U of F architect and deploy Exchange Server 2007 within their environment...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix Unified Communications User Group Meeting in January

    For those of you who live in the Phoenix area and do stuff around Exchange and Office Communications Server, please mark you calendars for the next Phoenix Unified Communications User Group meeting.  We will be meeting on January 20, 2009 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM at the Microsoft Office (2929 N. Central...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2008 Interview with Joe Schurman (MVP)

    In this video Interview, Joe Schurman (MVP) shares some of the things they are doing around testing Office Communications Server in a Virtualized environment.  Please understand that this is not an officially supported configuration from Microsoft, but at least you can see that there are folks doing...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Trip to San Diego and Los Angeles

    I just found out today that I will be heading to San Diego on Thursday, August 21st and Los Angeles on Friday, August 22nd to deliver a presentation at an Angelbeat event ( www.angelbeat.com ). The Event in San Diego is at the Sheraton located at 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA, 92108. The...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Polycom team up for Unified Communications

    I recently wrote a post to the Unified Communications Expert site ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/ucexperts/archive/2010/09/01/microsoft-and-polycom-teams-up-for-unified-communications.aspx ) about a recent announcement regarding an agreement between Microsoft and Polycom.  I ended that post with a...