Lync 2010RC : Some lessons learned testing upgrade from OCS2007 R2 to Lync 2010RC

I have begun testing with Lync 2010 RC.  In my environment, I have OCS 2007 R2 and  Exchange 2010 with UM deployed.  I added Lync 2010 to the environment.  I can blog about that process if people are interested.  Today, I learned some things about the process of moving people from OCS 2007 R2 to Lync and also some interop…

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Lync 2013 on a Mac

I have been working with alot of customers with Mac’s.   They have been asking me how does Lync 2013 work on a Mac.   Microsoft has Lync 2011 client for a Mac. Today, I ran some tests with the Lync 2011 for Mac connecting to a Lync 2013 server.  Also, I tested the new Lync 2013…

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OCS R2 Clients against Lync Server

Recently, I got a question if Office Communicator R2 client will work against the Lync Server.  This is documented extensively at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg413014.aspx    

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Under the Radar: What’s New at Microsoft

Each day, I am blessed to have the opportunity to help our great customers solve their business challenges to achieve more. It seems like everyday Microsoft releases new capabilities and features.  In my customer conversations, a common question is: “How do I keep up with all these new features and capabilities?” Thus, the webcast called “Under the…

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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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