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  • Blog Post: What are the top Lync Server 2010 features I need to know about?

      This release of Lync is not just a minor upgrade from OCS 2007 R2. It has some awesome new features and functionality coming.  I figured I should try and provide a bulleted list of the top features you need to be aware of. (screenshots are courtesy of Lync product team and some of my own...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Standard CAL is being added to Core CAL suite

    This is good news that you can be licensed for Lync IM and Presence via new Core CAL suite coming August 2011.  See the upcoming CORE CAL here: *Suite components currently planned for August 2011, and would be available with active Software Assurance coverage on or after the products become available...
  • Blog Post: But does Lync Server 2010 really have PBX voice reliability or call scalability?

    A question often asked by my education customers. Recently, a well respected and unbiased 3rd party network consultancy company called Miercom conducted a series of tests to validate if Lync Server 2010 could sustain 3 days of a million calls without incident to see if it were on par with other enterprise...
  • Blog Post: What is your video conferencing interoperability with Lync Server 2010?

    Updated 3-15-2011 with new RMX screenshots Updated 2-18-2011 with new interop information I was asked by a university in Oregon if we work with existing video conferencing solutions such as TANDBERG (now Cisco) and Polycom. The answer is we can coexist with Polycom video conference systems directly...
  • Blog Post: Lync DNS Load Balancing and Server Draining

    Updated info for this post can now be found in teched. Please disregard this blog entry. Please refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398833.aspx ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • Blog Post: Next generation of Office Communications Server named Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and release candidate now available for download!

    We finally announced the name for our next generation of Office Communications Server today! It is Microsoft Lync Server 2010. There are all sorts of reasons to rename it but mostly was due to the fact that Lync defines how the product connects/links you with people internally/externally from anywhere...
  • Blog Post: Where is the Lync end user training material?

    I get asked this question from several of my education customers who are in the process of deploying Lync or are piloting Lync.  I found some nice resources to help here:   Lync 2010 Quick Start Guides The Lync quick start guides has eight different quick start end user training topics and...
  • Blog Post: I recorded a session in Lync….

      I was presenting to a customer the other day and the question came up as to where the content is stored and if I have access to the attachment when recording. When you record using Lync all information is available – audio, participant video, panorama video, IM, and shared content. The recorded...
  • Blog Post: Lync for Windows Phone 7.x and new Mango Outlook Mobile features

    Updated 5-24-11 with new Mango information   At TechEd 2011 this week, we demoed the beta of Lync Mobile for Windows Phone 7.x and Outlook Mobile in the upcoming Windows Phone “Mango” release.  The Microsoft TechEd presenter commented Lync Mobile was slated for the 2nd half of 2011 and looks...
  • Blog Post: IM an Expert Lync bot available for download and other Lync customization examples

    What is a Lync query response bot? A Lync query response bot is custom developed automation component accessible via IM where end users can query via IM for information against various databases, Internet like Bing, or even connect you with other live experts. I put in a few Lync bots and other Lync...
  • Blog Post: Want to get some training on Lync? Have I got a deal for you…

    There are some FREE Lync instructor led training courses that have become available to learn Lync. Sign up for these courses below: Introducing Microsoft Lync Microsoft Lync empowers users to communicate and collaborate easily using a range of tools accessible from a single application, including instant...