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Some of the change work with Lync Dedicated Voice
I joined the Lync Dedicated team in Office 365 4 years ago to help launch our voice offering in the cloud. The offering allows for PSTN connectivity using Sip Trunks from qualified UCOIP vendors who connect to our approved Edge Sites or the customer can deploy their own SBC, also from the UCOIP qualified...
29 Apr 2015
Ultimate Voice Promotion
I became aware of this promotion due to following Chris Norman on Twitter @VoipNorm where he tweeted a blog post http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2011/11/ultimate-voice-career-promotion.html As part of advertising this I received a direct email asking why this was restricted to the US and how...
13 Dec 2011
AudioCodes MP-114 Demo Toolkit for OCS
AudioCodes has published the instructions for a demo setup along with the necessary ini file for use with the device. I use the AudioCodes MP-114 in my personal lab and will document its configuration in the next deploy series posting (planned for second week of Jan). Please do note that this is not...
1 Jan 2008
Lync for Mac reports the + as Character not valid in Phone tab
A customer asked me to test this behavior and sure enough when using the Phone tab, if you try to type the + sign it is reported as Character not valid. If you type too fast and add digits the error goes away yet the number won't be dialed. While waiting to hear a response on whether this is a...
31 Jan 2012
Quality of Experience (QoE) paper published
The 2007 evaluation bits and documentation are beginning to get pushed to the Microsoft website for Office Communications Server. I would like to point out the Microsoft Quality of Experience paper under Planning. Here is the overview from the download page - Overview This document introduces Microsoft...
28 Jul 2007
IP-IP Gateway Configuration Notes - external resource
Chris was kind of to share his blog post on IP-IP Gateway configuration: http://voipnorm.blogspot.com/2008/12/ip-ip-gw-configuration-notes-for-ocs-to.html
27 Jan 2009
OCS Training from Global Knowledge
I happened to attend the demo of the proposed training that Thomas mentions on his blog . What I found most impressive was the involvement of Thomas and his peers of similar level to this training effort. The telephony training they planned to offer looks to be a really solid approach with 3 different...
4 Oct 2007
Hard to find DVT tool document
We had a question regarding the whereabouts of the OCS Deployment Validation Solution document. I found it with a helpful hint from Rui by downloading the 2007 version of the tool - DVT.MSIT - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3596A10D-65CC-4CCA-8470-3F23D5EA55B2&displaylang...
10 May 2010
Resource: The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony
I am not quite sure how I received the notice for this, but as it is a free ebook offer I figure this is a great (free) way to review. I like to review material that presents a general or non-product specific view in the hopes of learning what is good general industry information. Hopefully this will...
19 Jul 2007
Microsoft Response Point beta
Are you a small business customer? Are you a partner and provide services to the small business community? Update April 19th - Eric Swift put a much better explanation of the two technologies http://blogs.technet.com/uc/archive/2007/04/18/making-sense-of-office-communications-server-and-response-point...
17 Apr 2007
Migrating your Mediation Servers to Lync Failing
The following comes from a prior colleague of mine when we supported Windows Networking and LCS, Steve Hahn now working with CPCC. I modified the details to exclude IP, Domain and User information. February 16 2012, Steve shared an update on this configuration. Since you now can have multiple valid...
23 Jun 2011
OC Phone Edition wireless in the mountains!
http://www.terrygold.com/t/2007/09/wireless-in-the.html This really grabbed my attention for a few reasons - 1) I have wanted an old 1977 FJ for a while 2) My wife would probably allow #1 but she really loves the new FJ Cruiser TRD Edition (amazingly hard to find a good pic online) 3) Terry did this...
5 Oct 2007
Looking for information on upgrading OCPE (Tanjay)?
Rick Varvel, Microsoft Consulting Services comes through with another great paper. I mentioned his papers for the Edge Server in the past and he has now dedicated time to the OC Phone Edition (OCPE, Tanjay) upgrade process. Due to some of our programs purchasing devices in advance of program needs...
6 Oct 2009
Work Number displays as '+' on Phone Edition and fails on attempted dial
The post below comes courtesy of one of the partners in our voice program. I took the liberty of modifying the format of his email alias to reduce spam. He provided permission to include the details of his auto signature. I am also retaining the use of the term Tanjay in the body of the message given...
2 Jun 2008
OCS 2007 Strategic Hardware Partners - Gateways for voice
If you are deploying OCS 2007 with the voice technology and mediation server role, here are the gateway vendors you want to be communicating with for a supported gateway. http://www.microsoft.com/uc/pdgtrials/default.mspx Update November 14, 2007 - This is the Microsoft Unified Communications Open...
26 Apr 2007
Troubleshooting Convergence in MOC
Forgive the multiple postings, Dennis kindly alerted me that the images were not displaying. As I was doing this with a VPN to our corporate network the images displayed as I could connect to the source location. Jason Epperly has given permission to repost his internal blog on the subject. So, I get...
13 Jun 2007
OCS Voice with Cisco gateways/routers
Partners and customers deploying Office Communications Server 2007 with enterprise voice still require a media gateway for a supported configuration. The definitive place to determine supported vendors, models and the qualification level (direct sip via gateway, direct sip, dual forking and dual forking...
26 May 2008
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