The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

The Three UC Amigos

  • Lync and SQL 2008 R2–Now Supported

      The Lync Server product team has completed testing of Lync Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. The product now fully supports SQL Server 2008 R2 on all Lync Server monitoring, archiving, and front-end server databases. At this time, SQL Server...
  • Client Virtualization for Lync 2010

    This has been a hot topic for some of my customers and I’m very happy to see it’s release. The whitepaper for Client Virtualization can be found here . Products from both Microsoft and Citrix are detailed in the paper including Remote Desktop Services...
  • Updates to Lync 2010 Resource Kit

    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...
  • Video Solutions for Lync

    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...
  • 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...
  • OCS 2007 R2 Hardware and OS requirements

      64-bit only As you know, R2 is moving to a 64-bit only platform to achieve greater scalability. 32-bit versions of OCS 2007 R2 will no longer be supported in production. This lines up with Exchange and other products moving this direction.  ...
  • Lync 2010 Licensing

    Lync Server 2010 Licensing ON PREMISE LICENSING: Lync Server 2010 on-premises is licensed in the Server / Client Access License (CAL) model. There are three types of licenses: 1) server licenses, (2) client access licenses, (3) external...
  • What is new with Group Chat in Lync Server 2010?

    updated – 3-16-11 with new information   What is Lync Group Chat? Persistent topic-based discussion forums support dispersed teams “Channel dock” makes participation simple and efficient Multiple content types enable flexible information sharing...
  • What are some of the top changes coming to the next release of BPOS (Online Services) for education?

    I have been asked this by several education customers evaluating our cloud solution so I put together a top 10 list of our proposed upcoming online services features (diagrams from our product teams or personal screen shots):   1) Single Sign On...
  • Enabling OCS integration with Exchange 2010 – IM

    I was in Maryland this week and one of my customers wanted to know how to integrate OCS with Exchange for OWA Chat and Presence.  To get Office Communication Server IM integration with Outlook Web Apps, we need to work on the following area: · Install...
  • What is Group Chat Server in OCS R2?

    I have had quite a bit of interest in education with the new OCS R2 Group Chat Server functionality. We are just starting to use this internally and people are really liking this great new way of collaboration and idea sharing vs. traditional email...
  • Convert your Live Meeting recordings to WMV format

    New Conversion Tool A new conversion tool just came out that takes a Live Meeting recording package (service or OCS server) and converts it to a WMV file.  This allows you to stream your OCS meeting to playback.  Benefits include multi-cast...
  • I am having problems getting Group Chat Administrator Console working

    This was a question coming from an education customer in Minnesota deploying OCS R2 Group Chat Server:   Their Group Chat client was working but the Group Chat administrator console was not. It was getting this error: “Cannot sign in because of a...
  • Exchange 2010 and High Availability – Part I - DAG

    Great Post Mark. The changes for Exchange 2010 keep coming. It’s great to see the maturity of product!!! Today I’d like to update everyone on HA options in Exchange 2010. In Exchange 2007 we introduced CCR, LCR, SCC, and SCR (in SP1). So what...
  • 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...
  • Exchange 2010 Federation Part I

    So we must be talking about Identity Management. Nope. In this case we are talking about federating calendars between on-premises and cloud services such as Outlook Live and Exchange Online (when our back-end moves to Exchange 2010). This can also be...
  • 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...
  • 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
  • What is new with Exchange 2010 UM?

    We have a green light to talk about some of the upcoming Exchange 2010 features in more depth now.  Greg did an OWA post and this one is about UM.   Has the UM architecture changed? No, it is the same. As you see above, the architecture for...
  • What is new with Exchange Server 2010 ActiveSync and Outlook Mobile?

    Some great new changes coming with Exchange 2010 Active Sync.   We have many more partners beyond Windows Mobile that have licensed the ActiveSync protocol for syncing email to your mobile device. Here are just a few: What has changed for the Exchange...
  • Do I use Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG for reverse proxy publishing for Exchange 2010?

    I get asked this quite a quite a bit and I couldn’t find a consistent answer. My colleague, Steve Scholz, provided me this useful feature matrix as when to use UAG for publishing Exchange 2010 and when to use TMG: To summarize, either UAG or TMG will...
  • Desktop Sharing with OCS R2

    I was asked by a school to provide more detail around the new desktop sharing feature in OCS 2007 R2.   What is desktop sharing? Desktop sharing is the ability to share your desktop from a PC directly from the Communicator client with other communicator...
  • High level Exchange 2010 architecture

    Here are some questions I had from a college in Ohio wanting to plan for Exchange Server 2010:   What does the Exchange 2010 architecture look like? The 5 Exchange 2010 roles are the same but there are some major changes in the way things work: Outlook...
  • DAG and Port Questions

    Some of my TOLA customers asked me about DAG configuration some of the questions I thought would be useful for others are below. 1. What port is used for log shipping? By default, all DAGs use TCP port 64327 for continuous replication. You can modify...
  • Can I really use JBOD storage with Exchange 2010?

    I just did an Exchange 2010 architectural design session for a university in Ohio and this was a key question they asked me.  The answer is yes, you truly can leverage JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) storage with large TB SATA drives for Exchange 2010...