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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How is System Center Licensed?

    This is a question that often gets asked, and sometimes the answers are as clear as mud! So, I'm going to try and answer the question and you can tell me if it's clear or not! Firstly, my usual disclaimers on licensing related matters - This blog post...
  • Roll-up, come get your Microsoft Ads…

    So Steve has the scoop here , and apparently (I’m offline right now) the New York Times has the scoop. I’m at a Microsoft internal conference in Florida this week and at lunchtime we had a preview of some Windows 7 Enterprise features (cool :) ), and...
  • Core Infrastructure Optimisation – Introduction and Overview

    [Supporting materials for this post can be found here ]   In the spirit of writing in this blog about subjects that I often get asked about, an overview of Core IO is well overdue! Infrastructure Optimisation is a maturity model based upon some work...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lync 2010 pbx test – 13days, ~316,000 calls per day = 100% success

      Lync Server 2010 – “ Bottom Line: Microsoft Lync 2010 is a resilient, scalable, feature rich Unified Communications System .”. Well I would say that wouldn’t I!? Except that it wasn’t me that said it, it was the summary from a series of tests performed...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Partners invest in Lync Masters training

    Via @drrez on twitter I found this case study . The case study details Microsoft partner Unify 2 who invest significantly in training their consultants, and have a number now at the significant milestone of Lync Master . Interestingly just like any business...
  • #1 Hyper-V V’s VMWare ESXi – Let the comparison begin…

    Hi, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time talking to customers recently about Hyper-V and Datacentre Virtualisation (or Datacenter Virtualization for any US readers :) ). What I’m finding is that folks have been fed a story that leads them to believe...
  • Office 365 Technical Training for Partners

    del.icio.us Tags: office365 , exchange , sharepoint , training Please find below details of some upcoming technical webinars being delivered by Microsoft’s Partner Technical Services team. Live Series by Partner Technical Services -Office 365: General...
  • 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 2010 Cumulative Update (CU) package April 2010

    hi Folks, CU2 for Lync is out and about and covered in KB 2496325. Rather than me copying out the text which may then change – please CLICK HERE for the KB article which lists all the fixes and binary version numbers. Please note the version numbers as...
  • Bootable VHD disk with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    I’ve discussed this functionality widely over the last few weeks since it was publically disclosed. What we are talking about here is the ability to boot Windows 7 or 2008 R2 from a VHD file. To ‘deploy’ the Windows 7 RC build that I’m currently using...
  • #2 Hyper-V V’s VMware ESXi – The Case Studies

    This is part two in our look at Hyper-V. In this post we’ll look at some of the Case Studies that are available for Hyper-V, look at some of the key SI’s who have delivered the results and provide you with resources to do your own analysis. One of the...
  • Update Impact Analyzer / Update Compatibility Evaluator (UCE)

    I end up talking about this technology in pretty much every meeting I do. Just in case we've not met... do you want a tool that will tell you whether one of your applications will be 'impacted' or affected my a patch you want to deploy? Sounds like magic...
  • New Year, New Role

    FY14 Update and Blogging recommences! As always in Microsoft the new financial year brings new opportunities. This year for me I was handed a fantastic opportunity to move to be based out of Microsoft Scotland continuing as a Partner Architect. In Edinburgh...
  • Hyper-V Host "Needs Attention" after SCVMM 2008 RTM install

    This post is as much for my reference as yours! I've just had to find these patches again in order to update a host that I have in my 'production' VMM install.   If you see the error that a host needs attention I suggest you reads Keiths post and...