In case you haven’t noticed, the posts here have slowed down a bit. This is due to Greg and I have moved to the Office 365 for Education team this year.
Bill has two new Amigos that can help contribute to this UC Three Amigos blog so stay tuned. I may also cross post some relevant UC topics occasionally.
It has been a great time posting to the UC Three Amigos blog and working with the community here! I looked at the stats and we had over 300,000 unique visits in the past three years from places including the Vatican and over 60 countries around the world. Some countries I have never even heard of!! Wow. We have also been referenced in Networkworld and other techie news sites. Cool stuff! Thanks for the great comments and feedback from around the world! Its been a great ride.
See you over on our new blog as of today:
Education in the Cloud
This fixes some hangs and other issues.
Grab it here.
Some excellent Office 365 video jump start training delivered by the products teams covering Lync Online, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office 365:
• Office 365 Jump Start (01): Microsoft Office 365 Overview for IT Pros • Office 365 Jump Start (02): Deploying Clients for Office 365 • Office 365 Jump Start (03): Microsoft Office 365 Administration & Automation Using Windows PowerShell™ • Office 365 Jump Start (04): Microsoft Office 365 Identity and Access Solutions • Office 365 Jump Start (05): Microsoft Office 365 Directory Synchronization • Office 365 Jump Start (06): Exchange Online Overview for IT Pros • Office 365 Jump Start (07): Microsoft Exchange Online Administration • Office 365 Jump Start (08): Microsoft Staged Exchange Online Migration • Office 365 Jump Start (09): Hybrid Options with Exchange Server & Exchange Online • Office 365 Jump Start (10): Exchange Online Archiving & Compliance • Office 365 Jump Start (11): Lync Online Overview & Configuration for IT Pros • Office 365 Jump Start (12): SharePoint Online Overview • Office 365 Jump Start (13): SharePoint Online Administration • Office 365 Jump Start (14): SharePoint Online Extensibility & Customization • Office 365 Jump Start (15): Office 365 Deployment Overview
I will post more after the Office 365 launch.
8 Lync Tools you can use for free, my favorite tool is the Conversation Translator which is a great usage case scenario for English as a Second language in schools or other business that need to communicate to various languages and countries.
Check out the 8 tools which are:
IM an Expert
Group Chat Stress
Lync Custom Intranet Site
Download all 8 of these great tools here:
Two new chapters have been posted to the Kit. One on Direct SIP and the other on Exchange Unified Messaging integration. Direct Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) provides SIP trunking between an IP-PBX and Lync Server.
Direct SIP supports the following use cases:
Download the chapters here.
Lync Adoption and Training Downloads
The Microsoft Lync 2010 Adoption and Training Kit provides a one-stop shop for resources for IT pros, project managers, help desk agents, and trainers. The kit provides:
Found : http://lync.microsoft.com/Adoption-and-Training-Kit/Pages/default.aspx
Microsoft Lync 2010 Training Download Package
The Lync Training Download Package contains all of the available training and user education resources for Lync. The training strategy and resources that offer the best return on investment vary depending on the user profile and the product features deployed in your organization. The Lync Training Plans workbook included with this download package helps you understand the available user education and training resources and recommendations for use so that you can make informed decisions about training strategies.
Lync Work Smart Guides
Lync 2010 Work Smart Guides provide productivity tips and tricks to help you work more productively with Lync 2010
Adoption and Training :
Training PACK :
Quick Start Guides :
What's New Video's & Articles :
Short Video's :
Work Smart :
Presence & IM Training :
Voice & Video Training :
Conferencing & Collaboration Training :
Web App Training :
Delegate Training :
Attendant Training :
RGS Training :
Just as we have defined certification and testing for UC with PBXs, SIP providers, e911, and Gateways we are doing the same with Video interoperability. The new website for this is here. The video interop testing looks at both Video Endpoints which can enable direct registration with OCS 2007 R2 or Lync, and Video infrastructure which is used to enable multipoint video conference bridge with Lync users and enable standards based VTCs and MCUs pass through. Very exciting times….
Some outstanding Lync Server deep details in the Lync Server 2010 Res Kit with new content updates available this month. I would recommend you download these chapters and become familiar with them if you are a Lync Administrator. You can download individual chapters or all the chapters.
Here are the update/new chapters available in the Lync Reskit (it appears more content is being added monthly since there a lot more content than available in April so check the ResKit download link periodically for updated content):
Here is a nice sample excerpt from the Lync Troubleshooting Basics chapter:
The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Communications Server 2007 R2 validation wizards no longer exist in Lync Server 2010. The validation wizards are no longer required because those checks are automatically performed by the Lync Server Topology Builder. Lync Server 2010 introduces the concept of synthetic transactions instead. A synthetic transaction is a mechanism to test end-to-end functionality of the system by using Windows Powershell cmdlets. The cmdlets simulate (end-to-end) transactions as if performed by actual users and can be used for troubleshooting and monitoring the health of the Lync Server environment.
To get the list of all available synthetic transaction cmdlets, open a Lync Server Management Shell window and run one of the following:
Get-Command Test-Cs* -module lync
Get-Command Test-Cs* | Format-Table –Property Name,Definition –Auto
· You can add the credentials as a command-line parameter. To do this, set the password information in a Windows Powershell variable, and then use the cmdlet Get-Credential. Then you can use the variable you get as input for the credential parameter in the Lync Server cmdlet.
Figure 3 shows an example of how to test for presence.
Figure 3. One method for providing credentials
Note. After every invocation of the Get-Credential cmdlet, you will see the typical Windows credential request.
· A more convenient way to provide default test user information, is to use the New-CsHealthMonitoringConfiguration cmdlet. With a health monitoring configuration, you preset the information for the two test users and the Registrar information these users are hosted on. You then reference that configuration by using the TargetFqdn parameter of the synthetic transaction.
Figure 4 provides an example of how to prepare a health monitoring configuration with test users.
Figure 4. Creating a health monitoring configuration
Figure 5 gives an example of how to use this configuration.
Figure 5. Example output of a health monitoring configuration
When looking at the output in Figure 5, the verbose section shows the Registrar, SIP addresses, and ports used for that synthetic transaction. Also notice that the commands provide timing information, which might help when troubleshooting performance issues during certain user actions.
You can grab the updated Lync Server 2010 ResKit chapters here.
Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit tools available for download:
Grab the ResKit tools here.
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 like it will be a free download from Marketplace. The beta version looks pretty nice thus far. Note:Here are some screenshots from the public demo shown at TechEd 2011 however features and UI are subject to change:
Lync Mobile beta
Lync mobile on the main Windows Phone 7 tiles with presence Launching Lync Mobile beta
Set your status, call forwarding Lync contacts with photos come across from full client, group IM also supported
Contact view, Photo support, IM Threaded Lync IM conversations
Mango Windows Phone 7.5 update of Outlook Mobile beta
Ability to drill into mail subfolders view filtered emails like ‘all unread’
Conversation view supported. Emails with three dots represent multiple threads. View right protected emails
What’s new with Mango release
Communications: Easier to connect and share
Internet beyond the browser
A smarter approach to Apps
Watch the demo video of Windows Phone Mango here.
Some great news announced by the product team today:
New virtualized UM guidance (from the whitepaper):
New DAG and virtualization HA guidance such as Hyper-V Live Migration or VMWare’s Vmotion (from the whitepaper):
. Grab the new best practices Exchange 2010 virtualization whitepaper here.