When the going gets rough…Lync can help

Marquette University was part of our early adopter program for Lync Server. They currently have deployed Lync for voice, IM/Presence and conferencing for about 1000 users on campus thus far and are targeting an additional 3000 voice endpoints on campus over the next year.  About a month ago, they had a massive blizzard which created…

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Server Virtualization for Lync

I learned something today about Lync virtualization. We recommend an 8 CPU core (Enterprise class CPU) hardware profile for a physical Lync Server. However, Hyper-V supports a maximum of 4 virtualized CPU core. Due to this resource constraint, a virtualized Lync Server role can handle approximately 50% of the load compared to a physical server…

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Lync 2010 Best Practice Analyzer is now available

This is a great tool to analyze your Lync deployment and should be leveraged on a daily/weekly basis as part of your Lync Server operational best practices. The BPA will scan your Lync infrastructure, report errors, warnings and information about the settings and configuration. The BPA validates your Lync infrastructure versus a list of our…

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The official Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool shipped today

A lot of my customers have been asking when this was coming since they wanted to begin planning for their virtualized and physical Lync server deployments. This tool has quite a few improvements over the RC planning tool. I pointed out some them below. This tool has a new virtualization option in the tool shown…

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Can you walk through all the video formats supported by Lync Server 2010?

I was asked this by a university in Virginia.  I found this useful matrix showing the supported video conferencing formats for Lync Server 2010.  The takeaway here is the first three formats are supported with multiparty video conferencing with up to 250 users per video conference and the HD 720p format is supported only with…

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Want to get some training on Lync? Have I got a deal for you…

There are some FREE Lync instructor led training courses that have become available to learn Lync. Sign up for these courses below: Introducing Microsoft Lync Microsoft Lync empowers users to communicate and collaborate easily using a range of tools accessible from a single application, including instant messaging (IM), voice, video, and desktop sharing. Best Practices…

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