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  • Blog Post: Unified Communications and the Cloud

    When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting. Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 of 5 - Keith Kabza, MVP, and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010

    Part-2 - is posted below! The rest of the series is being delivered every week for 5 weeks! Part 1 – Learn about Exchange 2010/OCS Integration features – http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=97439256-efc4-48a0-863b-8e69ffbefe13 Part 2 – Learn about Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Lync 2010 worth the effort

    Today I was reading an article by J. Peter Bruzzese at Infoworld. The title of his article: Microsoft Lync 2010:Finally, a commnications server worth the effort. Here is a link to the article http://infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-lync-2010-finally-communications-server-worth-the-effort-515 In this...
  • Blog Post: Florida IT Server Group in Ft Lauderdale Meets - Adnan Cartwright Leader

    The Florida IT Server User Group in Ft Lauderdale covered Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 including setup, install and configuration. The members had their laptops and it was a hands-on experience for all. Make sure and check out the next Florida IT User Group announcements at: http://www.fisg.us/ This...
  • Blog Post: Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 2)

    This is the second part of the frequently-asked questions list that I’ve put together for Exchange 2010’s Voice Mail Preview feature. You may want to read Part 1 before reading this. Why ‘Preview’? Why not ‘Transcription’ or ‘Speech to Text’? Names are important, and we thought hard about this one. It...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing announced

    We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server. You can find all the details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx Pricing and Licensing Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL)...
  • Blog Post: Part 3 of 5 - OCS 2007 R2 Dial-in Conferencing with Keith Kabza and Blain Barton

    Sorry for the delay, we got it working with LiveMeeting!  Look for Part - 4 next week! http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=1df8411e-c32b-4b40-9730-b8dd603eaacd
  • Blog Post: Part 5 of 5 - Check out http://www.GOTUC.net With Blain Barton

    Sorry for the very long delay, finally, the last part (Part 5 of 5) was to provide knowledge on the http://www.GOTUC.net website and how it can help you get started with Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Unified Communications, please check out: http://gotuc.net/blogs/gotuc/archive/2009/03/26/office-communications...
  • Blog Post: Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 4)

    This is the final part of the frequently-asked questions list that I’ve put together for Exchange 2010’s Voice Mail Preview feature. You may want to read Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3 before reading this. If Voice Mail Preview is not completely accurate, how should I use it? You may find that you have a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Polycom teams up for Unified Communications

    On August 9, 2010, Stuart Johnston wrote a nice article for Enterprise Networking Planet about the multi-year deal between Microsoft and Polycom. There are quite a few customers who have been using Polycom technologies and solutions for many years for video and teleconferencing needs. I have had many...
  • Blog Post: Exchange UM: Filling a Gap in the World of UC

    In a recent article , Blair Pleasant observes that many organizations are taking a long time to reap the potential benefits of Unified Communications. She explains that they see difficulty and expense, whether they (1) upgrade their existing systems to full UC, or (2) try to extend them with systems...
  • Blog Post: It Is the Mindset, Not the Skill Set...

    In the last post, I had mentioned my research whitepaper titled " Preparing for Innovation: Understanding How IT Organizational Change Can Help Drive Success with Unified Communications ". If you lead or manage a technology team and haven't read this paper yet, I'd encourage you to read it. ...
  • Blog Post: Exchange UM: Protecting your mobile number

    Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging (which I’ll call “UM”) has many great features. Rather than describe the features in detail, in the next few postings I’ll try to present some of these features as solutions to problems that most of us face. If, like me, you carry a mobile phone that you use for both personal...
  • Blog Post: What's new in OCS 14?

    I have been wanting to write this post for sometime. Internally we have been playing around with the features of Office Communications Server 14 for sometime, and I haven't been able to show you the new features. Well now I can. In the last week the OCS team released 5 new videos on edge.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: Voice Mail Preview FAQ (Part 1)

    Voice Mail Preview is one of the Exchange 2010 features that’s received a lot of attention. Over the past few months, I’ve received many messages from users who have questions about it. A few questions appeared much more often than others, so I found it, err, convenient to put together a frequently-asked...
  • Blog Post: Beyond the Clouds

    Like many other people, I’ve been following some of the recent discussions and debates about what is often called “Cloud Computing”. Since this term has been applied to many scenarios, from using special-purpose web sites to publishing custom-written applications to hosted, virtualized computing resources...
  • Blog Post: Part 4 of 5 - With Keith Kabza and Blain Barton - Discussing Exchange 2010 and OCS 2007 R2 PIC Federation and the new XMPP Gateway - It IS Everybody's Business!

    Here's Part 4 of 5, Keith does a great job of explaining how Office Communicator, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, and AOL unified communications can all share presence within the applications using Federation. Check it out - http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=7e831249-5477-4be4-a3cb...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications going beyond the trial

    I was reading this article today on WindowsITPro site by B.K. Winstead. He talks about people that claim to be doing Unified Communications are most just piloting it, and most of the deployments are only using a very small percentage of the features of Unifed Communications(UC). His organization is using...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 of 5 - Keith Kabza - MVP and Blain Barton discuss OCS 2007/Exchange 2010

    I've been chatting with Keith Kabza Microsoft Partner and MVP at some of the local Florida events. I met up with him at the Microsoft Tampa Office to put together some videos on OCS 2007 R2 and Exchange 2010 and some of the benefits and features around the products. Take a look and tell us what you...