Evaluation copies of Microsoft Servers

On a regular basis, I am asked the following question: “Where can I download the trial software of {product x}?” With that in mind, I have decided to post the links to some of these products below: Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9701662 Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9701666 Forefront Server Security Management Console:…

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Exchange Connections in Las Vegas – November 9 – 12, 2009

Doh!!!  I totally forgot to blog the fact that the upcoming Exchange Connections Event will be taking place in Las Vegas, NV from November 9 – 12, 2009: http://www.winconnections.com/default.asp.   Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President of Exchange, will be one of the keynote speakers at the event.  The Exchange team will be truly launching Exchange…


Phoenix Unified Communications User Group Meeting on July 21, 2009

I want to let everyone in the Phoenix area know that the next Unified Communications User Group Meeting is coming us in a few weeks.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 form 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the Microsoft Office (2929 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, AZ). I will…


IT Pro Momentum Program Results (Office Communications Server 2007 Deployment) – Anonymous Company

Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?  CEO demanded real-time presence info. Are you piloting or deploying the products?  Deployed.  We started with a pilot between engineering teams. Presence, IM and outlook integration was very smooth so we deployed company wide. Products used in the project (all that apply):  Windows…


Chat with Rui Maximo on OCS 2007 R2 and Virtualization at Tech Ed 2009

During Tech Ed 2009 in Los Angeles, I had a chance to chat with Rui Maximo who is a Technical Writer for the Unified Communications team (OCS specifically).  Rui shares what he does as a technical writer and how he stays verifies technical accuracy of his documents.  I would love to get the server that…

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Dwight jesseman of University of Florida shares Experience with OCS 2007 R2 and Conferencing

During a previous Tech Ed, I met Dwight Jesseman who is a Senior Systems Engineer for Messaging at University of Florida.  I helped answer some of his questions on Exchange Server 2007 at that time and Dwight was able to assist U of F architect and deploy Exchange Server 2007 within their environment.  (I’d like…

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Tech Ed 2009 Interviews with two OCS MVPs – Robert Ross and Russ Kirk

Since Tech Ed 2006 in Boston, I’ve been doing video interviews on site at Tech Ed.  This year was no different.  I was able to catch up with two Office Communications Server MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) this year and get their thoughts on OCS and what it has to offer.  The first interview is with…

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Tech Ed 2009 Days 3 – 5 Recap

I guess I didn’t do a good job of blogging every day with a daily recap so now I’m just posting an all up recap of Days 3 through 5. First, I want to thank everyone that was willing to be interviewed by me on video!!!!  I am working on getting all the videos rendered…


Tech Ed 2009 Day 2 Recap

Day 2 started with my morning Triple Venti Soy, No Whip, No Foam Mocha with 4 scoops of Matcha from the Starbucks in the lobby of the Marriott LAX.  Then I hopped onto the shuttle for the 35 – 40 minute ride from the hotel to the Convention Center.  This particular bus driver took a…


Phoenix Unified Communications User Group Meeting in January

For those of you who live in the Phoenix area and do stuff around Exchange and Office Communications Server, please mark you calendars for the next Phoenix Unified Communications User Group meeting.  We will be meeting on January 20, 2009 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the Microsoft Office (2929 N. Central Ave., #1400,…