Mobility and Lync Server 2010

With the release of Lync Server 2010 a common request is around the mobility offerings. Unless someone points to another authoritative resource from Microsoft I think this page which states that it is our plan but not give any dates is the best message we have currently – http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/UserInterfaces/Pages/lync-2010-mobile.aspx   If I hear otherwise I will…

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Group Chat Client Logging

The R2 Group Chat client defaults to a very verbose logging level. While logging enabled as a default can be helpful when first rolling the solution out and catching unexpected errors, it doesn’t help when it impacts the client performance.  As the result of a customer visit with this issue, a member of their own…

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Mac Meetings – Desktop Sharing and Join Experience

As a reminder, the Communicator for Mac 2011 client is for OCS 2007 R2 and provides a corresponding feature set. It is also supported to connect against Lync Server 2010 but it will be treated as an R2 client. Desktop Sharing The Communicator for Mac 2011 13.1 update has been released which includes support for…

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FYI–E911 for Lync Webinar

Because my blog is hosted by Microsoft I need to be clear and state that I am sharing the below information to you as informational. I am not allowed to endorse a product or partner and am not doing so here, I am sharing notice of the webinar. Customers must always complete proper due diligence…

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OCS 2007 R2 Managing User Contact Lists via script

With the launch of Lync Server 2010 another blog was created for Lync PowerShell topics, however very few customers will have the product until 2011 due to general availability, holidays and business requirements. Customers want to know how to administer OCS 2007 R2 via script and/or PowerShell and so yesterday a new post was entered…

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OCS 2007 R2, Lync Server 2010 and SQL server versions

At this time we do not support OCS 2007 R2 or Lync Server 2010 with databases on SQL 2008 R2. I am sharing this because this is a fairly common question we receive and we point people back to the documentation on what we do support. The absence of something should always be presumed to…

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Group Chat Presence Polling (R2)

We are working on a new blog post for NextHop on monitoring an OCS 2007 R2 deployment with Group Chat. One thing I wanted to put here was an illustration of the behaviors with the # of clients, the number of contacts or channel members and the impact of multiple open channels, you knew you…

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TechNet Wiki–R2 Firewall Port Settings

I suspect this will be some welcome news for people working with OCS 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010, we have begun to document the firewall ports needed with the deployments:  OCS 2007 R2 Firewall Port Settings As a Wiki this allows the community to contribute to the content which means it should reflect real…

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OT: Ground breaking for 2 women’s services organizations

My wife and have supported the Charlotte Rescue Mission, which provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, for about 10 years financially as well I help with various technology questions and problems. We started that support as a result of an encounter I had one day on my morning routine of walking to get coffee. There…

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Group Chat Install With Visual C++ 2008 SP1

For those of you with Visual C++ 2008 SP1, you might encounter an issue installing Group Chat which turns out to be an issue in which Group Chat is explicitly looking for Visual C++ 2008 during setup. NOTE: Once we release a Service Pack, you may see people use the notation of SP0 which can…

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