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  • Blog Post: InfoWorld – Microsoft Lync 2010: Unified Communications Comes of Age

    It’s the top story on the InfoWorld homepage . Check it out! My favorite quote: “Lync gives me more control over voice communications than my PBX, and it handles video better than my break-the-bank videoconferencing system. It pays attention to privacy, provides ways to separate my private life from...
  • Blog Post: Lync HOLO (Hands-On Lab Online) – FREE TRAINING!

    What is a hands-on-lab online (HOLO): This isn't your typical IT class. A hands-on lab online is an invite only event that combines LiveMeeting with a virtual lab. Attendees and presenters login from anywhere. Attendees watch a brief LiveMeeting presentation, then spend most of the time getting hands...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications and Virtualization (“Can I…?”)

    The server virtualization whitepaper for Lync Server 2010 is available for download here . The whitepaper outlines supported functionality, hypervisors, virtualized deployment considerations, VM host and guest configurations, scale comparison, virtualized topologies etc. for Lync Server 2010. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: CEBP – Communications Enabled Business Processes

    What is CEBP??? It is the ability to embed unified communications capabilities such as e-mail, instant messaging, telephony, video, conferencing, and application sharing into day-to-day business processes and line of business applications. This enables a richer contextual collaboration among people,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Web Scheduler

    I missed this!! Last week, we released the Lync Web Scheduler. It is a resource kit tool for Microsoft® Lync Server 2010, providing a Web-based alternative to the add-in for the Microsoft Office Outlook® messaging and collaboration client for the purpose of scheduling a meeting using Lync Server 2010...
  • Blog Post: Lync Mobile On Display!

    The next version of Windows Phone – codenamed “Mango” was shown at TechEd this week. Paul Bryan wrote a blog entry about it on the Windows Phone Blog . He said very little about Lync Mobile in his post, but luckily, there are videos of what was shown. Check out Windows Phone: What’s New? The Lync Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Lync 2010 Stress and Performance Tool

    Have you heard of Exchange Load Generator ? It’s a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI, OWA, IMAP, POP, and SMTP clients on Exchange servers. Basically, you can see if your planned Exchange infrastructure will stand up to the expected day-to-day beating… Well, we released a similar tool for...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Lync for Mobile Devices (Level 200)

    April 19, 2012 at 10:00 am Pacific Time Abstract: Do you want to learn more about the mobility capabilities of Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Lync Online, and Lync mobile apps? Watch this webcast to hear about enabling the mobility service on the server, deployment considerations, management, and...
  • Blog Post: Lync Planning & Stencils!

    You need a bit of a headstart in working out a Lync deployment? Try the Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool . It is a wizard-driven tool that takes you through a series of questions, and gives a rough idea of what a deployment may look like. It even gives you a Visio diagram at the end. And speaking of Visio...
  • Blog Post: “Do you have any Lync 2010 documentation you can send me?”

    Lync 2010 is an extremely popular conversation with my customers. Since the question comes up so frequently, I thought the response might be useful to share here as well! Lync Adoption and Training – This download contains a variety of user education and training resources for Microsoft Lync, including...
  • Blog Post: Lync 2010 Voice Quality App for Windows Phone 7

    Do you: have problems analyzing the QoE (Quality of Experience) reports in Lync 2010? have to spend time finding information on the various QoE parameters? have to spend time finding out the acceptable ranges for various QoE parameters? If the answer to any of the above questions is YES and you agree...