Lync 2010 worth the effort

  Today I was reading an article by J. Peter Bruzzese at Infoworld.  The title of his article: Microsoft Lync 2010:Finally, a commnications server worth the effort.  Here is a link to the article http://infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-lync-2010-finally-communications-server-worth-the-effort-515 In this Peter talks about his first IM experience with Exchange 2000. And how it was pulled out in Exchange…


Lync Server 2010 Pricing and Licensing announced

We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server. You can find all the details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx Pricing and Licensing Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL) model. Under this model, a Lync Server 2010 license is required for each operating system environment running Lync…

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What’s new in OCS 14?

  I have been wanting to write this post for sometime.  Internally we have been playing around with the features of Office Communications Server 14 for sometime, and I haven’t been able to show you the new features. Well now I can.  In the last week the OCS team released 5 new videos on edge.technet.com showing…

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Microsoft and Polycom teams up for Unified Communications

On August 9, 2010, Stuart Johnston wrote a nice article for Enterprise Networking Planet about the multi-year deal between Microsoft and Polycom. There are quite a few customers who have been using Polycom technologies and solutions for many years for video and teleconferencing needs.  I have had many customers who asked about integrating those existing…

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Unified Communications and the Cloud

  When you think about how the traditional phone system (PSTN) or public switched telephone network really relied upon hardware to work, and now you think about merging the Internet and Phone networks, things get interesting.  Major parts of the Internet are software based, think about Virtualization, how much now or 5 years from now…


Unified Communications going beyond the trial

I was reading this article today on WindowsITPro site by B.K. Winstead.  He talks about people that claim to be doing Unified Communications are most just piloting it, and most of the deployments are only using a very small percentage of the features of Unifed Communications(UC).   His organization is using the Voice Mail part of…


Part 5 of 5 – Check out http://www.GOTUC.net With Blain Barton

Sorry for the very long delay, finally, the last part (Part 5 of 5) was to provide knowledge on the http://www.GOTUC.net website and how it can help you get started with Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Unified Communications, please check out:http://gotuc.net/blogs/gotuc/archive/2009/03/26/office-communications-server-2007-r2-vhd-now-available.aspx GOTUC.net is a group of  Microsoft Office Communications Server  developers working together through a web-community…


Florida IT Server Group in Ft Lauderdale Meets – Adnan Cartwright Leader

  The Florida IT Server User Group in Ft Lauderdale covered Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 including setup, install and configuration.  The members had their laptops and it was a hands-on experience for all.  Make sure and check out the next Florida IT User Group announcements at: http://www.fisg.us/  This community group is growing and we would…


Part 4 of 5 – With Keith Kabza and Blain Barton – Discussing Exchange 2010 and OCS 2007 R2 PIC Federation and the new XMPP Gateway – It IS Everybody’s Business!

Here’s Part 4 of 5, Keith does a great job of explaining how Office Communicator, MSN, Yahoo, Gmail, and AOL unified communications can all share presence within the applications using Federation. Check it out – http://dpeeast.hosted.panopto.com/CourseCast/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=7e831249-5477-4be4-a3cb-a819aa713145