Lync Conference 2014

Registration is LIVE for Lync Conference 2014. Microsoft Lync Conference is the largest global Lync event giving you access to the top Lync product experts and partners in the world. We’re excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS LIVE for Lync Conference 2014 at www.lyncconf.com! Lync Conference is coming to Las Vegas on February 18, 2014…

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This video is going to be LEGEN… WAIT FOR IT… DARY!

Forgive my enthusiasm, but sometimes we can’t help feeling amazed by the creativity and passion some people put into their work. This is a small marketing video about Windows 8, made in Portugal, that shows how surprisingly simple it is to work (and have fun) with this new operating system. “Is Windows 8 really that…

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Ports and Protocols for Lync Server 2010

Recently I had the opportunity of participating in a Pilot of Lync Server in a customer that has the internal network segregated by firewalls. So, one of the first questions was about the ports and protocols used by Lync Server. The requirements of this pilot included: Co-existence with OCS 2007 R2 Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging…

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A Post from the Past: Normalizing Company Rules without the “+” Sign in OCS 2007 R2

This is what I like to call a “Jurassic post”. Now that Lync is widely available, it’s uncool to still blog about OCS 2007 R2 But since there are still so many organizations using OCS 2007 R2 (I’m sure they all have plans to migrate to Lync) I decided to blog about one of the…

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Outbound Dial Control and Authorization (or how OCS implements its own Checkpoint Charlie)

                    Dialing authorization is definitely one of the main concerns of any PBX Administrator, maybe even more now that the economy is forcing most companies to reduce costs. Since Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 R2 has all the necessary telephony capabilities to replace the PBX, it…

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Dude, Where’s my CDR/Archiving/QoE Data?

Recently I had to troubleshoot a strange case where a recently OCS Archiving + Monitoring server (collocation of these 2 roles is supported) was not collecting any data. I was monitoring the data through the use of this neat Resource Kit tool: ArchivingCDR Reporter (ArchivingCDRReporter.exe, ArchivingCDRReporter_Config.xml) This reporting tool has built-in SQL queries to retrieve…

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How to apply updates for OCS

From times to times, new updates are released for Office Communications Server 2007 R2, in order to correct bugs or to fix some security vulnerabilities. As part of the normal operations routine, the IT Administrator should decide whether to apply or not apply these hotfixes, although nowadays it’s practically common sense to reserve a maintenance…

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Tales from the Crypt..oAPI Vulnerability (KB974571)

    As much as I would like to catalog the story so far around KB974571 as fiction, the truth is that it resembles more to a horror movie. Before going any further, I would like to say that Microsoft recommends thorough testing of any software patch/hotfix before applying them in a Production environment. Having…

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Live Meeting: Best Before Date (See Below)

Although on-premises web conferencing meetings organized with Office Communications Server (OCS) are not perishable products (and thus they don’t require a “best-before date”), there is some configuration involved around meeting life-cycle that I would like to explore a little bit further. Suppose you organize a web conference using the Live Meeting client or the Conferencing…

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