Malcolm Bullock - Unified Communications

Malcolm Bullock is a Partner Technology Advisor focused upon Unified Communications in the UK. This blog will bring you news, views and How-To's on Microsoft Exchange and Lync, together with UC partner specific info. My personal blog at http://mbullock

Malcolm Bullock - Unified Communications

  • Vista Vulnerability report published for Year 1

    Folks, I thought you might be interested in this report that has just been issued compiling the first year's worth of security vulnerability's found in Windows Vista, and comparing Windows  XP and non-Microsoft OS's first year vulnerabilities. The...
  • Changes to AOL PIC for Lync

    If you use and will want to use AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Public IM Connectivity (PIC) the current Microsoft service will end on 30th June 2014. Effective now, Microsoft will stop provisioning new domains in anticipation of this change. A new service...
  • Training and Information on System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Hi, I just saw this list of useful SCOM 2007 resources so I thought that I would post them here as a reference for us all :) E-learning: Course 3386 - Implementing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 - https://www.microsoftelearning.com/eLearning...
  • Reminder: Exchange 2013 sizing–how many servers do I need?

    The sizing information for Exchange 2013 was released much earlier this year, but as I have just been asked for it I thought that I might as well copy the guidance into a blog for future re-use! - Use Exchange 2013 pre-requisites to determine what software...
  • Can’t spell–wont spell–Fear not spellcheck for Lync client is here!

    SPELLCHECK FOR LYNC WINDOWS DESKTOP CLIENT RELEASED With the September updates to the Office clients, native spellcheck has been released for the Lync Windows desktop client. For more information on the download, see the Microsoft Support page. I am running...
  • Sonus: Maximising returns on Lync Enterprise Voice

    I have a UX1000 SBA made by Sonus in the Edinburgh Microsoft Technology Centre. I’ve long been a fan of gateway’s and more over SBC’s in a Lync topology, they aren't needed but add that extra layer of redundancy and isolation into a voice deployment....
  • Avalanche warning!! Cloud OS drives a host of new releases from Microsoft

    I sometimes think that it’s hard to truly understand the breadth and depth of Microsoft’s business. It will certainly be a challenge for an incoming CEO! Therefore, I love the new Modern tiles look of this infographic describing just some of Microsoft...
  • October (COMBINED) Lync 2013 Server & Lync 2013 SDK & Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates released

    I’ve put a bit of ‘table’ effort in and combined the numerous Lync 2010 releases and their KB’s with the Lync 2013 information. Hope this quick reference helps! (and that this formats properly on the web!) Product Version KB Article   Lync 2013 5...
  • Updates to the Lync 2013 Mobile Clients

    The Lync 2013 Mobile clients for iOS and Windows Phone 8 have been updated: iPad:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lync-2013-for-ipad/id605608899?mt=8 iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2013-for-iphone/id605841731?mt=8 WP8: http...
  • Jabra Update

    JABRA PC SUITE GETS UPGRADE Jabra released an upgrade to Jabra PC Suite (JPCS) - Version 2.12.3884. The new release provides added value and functionality to Lync customers. Current JPCS users will automatically be notified about this new version when...
  • Lync 2013 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) options

    At a time when Microsoft are talking about ‘ People Centric IT ’ which includes the various remote desktop options I guess it’s timely that the Lync team have put some (more) effort into clarifying the VDI options with Lync. Please review their new Lync...
  • Network Analyser is dead… meet Message Analyser!

    Microsoft has release a new network analysis tool to the Download Centre and this great blog will tell you all about how the new tool will allow you to Capture – Analyse – share data, with new capabilities such as SSL/HTTPS inspection. That blog reads...
  • Installing DirSync on a Domain Controller

    I have to admit I missed this update when it came out. In some Office 365 training in TVP last week we mentioned that it was now supported to install DirSync onto a DC. Well here is the info…. Version 6567.0018 released on 22/11/13 provides support for...
  • Apple guy grills Balmer

    OK, so I'm late on this one, but just in case you've not heard about it can I strongly recommend an interview with Steve Ballmer recorded a Mix08 recently. I've not really seen much from Mix08 yet, still on my 'to watch' list at some point (guess I should...
  • Hyper-V MMC available for Vista

    Announced today on the Virtualization teams blog is the MMC addin for Vista. This is the same console that you would get in Server 2008 but means that you can manage Hyper-V based child OS's remotely from Vista. Given that I've spent all day switching...
  • How to Manage Remote Offices and Users #1

    The management of remote offices is something that I have been asked about a few times recently. So I thought that as I speak to various customers on this subject that I would summarise the advice in a series of posts here. I'll use the category 'Branch...
  • For regular readers - blog has moved and ...

    and this is a test. So, I've been caught by surprise. I've decided to move my blog from MSDN.com to Technet.com - there are reasons but unfortunately I can't discuss them just yet. I thought that I could run the technet blog alongside my usual msdn...
  • New job, New Blog

    So it's been a while since I popped up a holding post to blogs.technet.com/mbullock which was really for those of you who had been 'fed' blogs.MSDN.com/mbullock for some time. So now that it's all done and dusted internally within Microsoft I can tell...
  • What I do in Microsoft - Malcolm Bullock

    [For any regular readers of my blog this is a standalone 'About Me' post for new customers/partners that I work with] Hello, and welcome to my personal introduction to me and my Infrastructure blog. I'm Malcolm Bullock and I joined Microsoft in the UK...
  • Want to attend the (virtual) Windows Server 2008 Launch?

    I've been attending the UK launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 at the ICC in Birmingham today. It was a stunning event and I'm sure lots of commentary will follow in various blogs. Anyhow, if you didn't manage to attend...
  • Hyper-V RC is available now!

    I missed this announcement today whilst at the UK Windows Server 2008 launch - not sure how but hey there you go. Therefore, apologies to the person to whom I said that RC was 'very close' - it is close, it's available now!! The Press release is here...
  • Lync End User Adoption materials from Microsoft

    I was asked at a Microsoft event last week if we had anything to assist an organisation that was about the deploy Lync to all its users. Well, my bag of balloons and streamers was empty, but we do have a couple of things that might help you. The first...
  • Vista Power Savings help you save costs

    A new report has recently been published demonstrating the hard savings available from Windows Vista's Power Saving functionality. If your company has hard C02 reduction targets, or you would like to tell your management that you can save them $11 per...
  • Need to find 'lost' software? or Asses your readiness for Vista?

    My colleague Matt Stephen has raised awareness of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool (MAP) for customer who want to 'find' instances of SQL Server installed in their environment. Now I know of this tool as a Vista planning tool as one of Map's...
  • Hyper-V Quick Migration & VMWare Live Migration

    I've been talking at a number of Windows 2008 customer launch meetings over the last few weeks and I always cover Microsoft's Virtualisation strategy. Now as you may know if you've been to our Virtualisation web site , Microsoft's virtualisation strategy...