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Sharing Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 PowerShell Scripts created by Phoenix Exchange Community Members, Lorie Brady and Lindsey Lindley
I am a very strong believer that the IT Pro community thrives when everyone shares their knowledge and expertise with each other. In the Phoenix area, the Phoenix Unified Communications User Group have active members that don’t let competitive boundaries get in the way of helping each other out...
27 Jul 2012
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...
6 Jul 2012
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...
13 Feb 2012
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...
28 Oct 2011
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...
21 Oct 2011
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...
20 Oct 2011
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...
20 Oct 2011
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...
12 Oct 2011
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...
5 Oct 2011
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...
21 Aug 2011
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...
19 Aug 2011
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Harold...
17 Aug 2011
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...
15 Aug 2011
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...
28 Jun 2011
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...
23 Jun 2011
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...
23 Jun 2011
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...
20 May 2011
Evaluation of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4
On February 21st, I wrote a post about Backup Strategies for File Servers and Exchange ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2011/02/21/backup-applications-and-strategies-for-exchange-and-file-servers.aspx ) where I promised to evaluate some backup products. I already did a write up for Backup...
7 Apr 2011
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...
26 Mar 2011
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...
18 Mar 2011
Licensing 101: Exchange Server 2010
I’ve had quite a few people ask me for help understanding the Microsoft licensing mechanisms for some of our Server products. Since these requests are coming from IT Pros, I thought I would start a series of blog posts where I cover some of the basics (and maybe more advanced options) of our licensing...
25 Feb 2011
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...
17 Nov 2010
TechNet Event Added for Las Vegas on October 19, 2010
I totally forgot to post that I just added a last minute Exchange 2003 / 2007 Upgrade to Exchange Server 2010 Event in Las Vegas, NV on October 19, 2010. Unlike the rest of the cities, this event will be an afternoon event that takes place from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM. It will be held at the Stan...
14 Oct 2010
Upcoming TechNet Events in West Region – Exchange 2003 / 2007 to Exchange 2010 Upgrade
Exchange Server 2010 released last year in October 2009 and Service Pack 1 released on August 25 th . It is usually at this time during the product lifecycle that we find a large portion of our customers start down the upgrade planning path to get from their old version of Exchange to the current version...
24 Sep 2010
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...
13 Sep 2010
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