Expand Communications Beyond Meetings: Episode 1

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. I have worked with customers who have asked how to enable collaboration for their teams across geographies and timezones.  In a traditional meeting scenario, all the participants had to go to a conference room to…

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Journey To The Cloud (Part 1)

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. I was recently working with a customer and they wanted to develop a plan to move the services in their data center to the Cloud.  Because of this request and others from customers who are looking…

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Moving your Telephony to the Cloud (Part 2 – Hybrid Voice)

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. In the previous post, I shared how I was working with a customer to provide telephony in the Cloud with Office 365.  These capabilities (Cloud PBX and PSTN Calling) are great if your users are…

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Moving your Telephony to the Cloud with Office 365

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. Recently, I met with a customer who had an aging phone system and they were looking to upgrade their phone system.  They wanted to minimize on-premise PBX hardware needed and move to a cloud powered…

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Planning Your Network for Exchange in Office 365 (Part 2) – Bandwidth, Latency, TCP Connections

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. Continuing on from my prior post:  We are discussing the network impact of moving to Office 365 .  In this session, we will investigate the bandwidth impact.  Before Office 365, my customer’s 15,000 users would connect to…

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Planning Your Network for Exchange in Office 365 (Part 1)

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. I recently was working with a large health insurance provider (15K+ users) and they were looking at moving their email from running on Exchange servers on-premises to Exchange in Office 365.  After moving to Office 365,…

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Enabling Your Conference Rooms for Modern Collaboration

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. Last week, I worked with an great R&D company that was looking to transform their conference rooms to enable collaboration across their many offices.  This is a common scenario and in fact, studies have discovered…

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Running Skype For Business With a Thin Client or on Linux with Citrix

Each day, I have the opportunity to help our Awesome customers solve their business challenges with Microsoft solutions. A couple weeks ago, a large insurance company asked me how to provide Skype For Business to their agents.  They support their agents with a thin client using a Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  Fortunately, we can meet this…

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Skype Meeting Broadcast: Enables You to Host Meeting with up to 10,000 Attendees

Each day, I have the opportunity to help our Awesome customers solve their business challenges with Microsoft solutions. Today, I worked with a customer who wanted to host “All Hands”/Company Wide meetings where their CEO delivers a message to all employees.  I shared with them that in their Office 365 subscription, they own a solution called…

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Configuring TMG for accessing Office 365 Lync

I encountered some issues accessing Lync in O365.  I ran the connectivity test (at:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2409256) and noticed that even though I created an “Allow outbound” rule through TMG, the tests were failing.  So, I went through the TMG config and opened up the ports identified by the test.   See attached pdf for TMG config steps. 2012-10-25-lync-tmg-config.pdf

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