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Microsoft Office Division Demos: Office 365 Provisioning
A couple of items to know and understand about this. One is the overall setup you will have completed, and then the other is the time it takes. Overall Setup Important to understand you will be working with a new trial tenant, you can’t use an existing one. Also, the tenant is an E3, that means $20 month/user if you decide to move from trial to permanent. Time to provision Here is what this looked like at around 1PM today … This is what it looks like close to 9hrs later … When you received the email ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:50 PM

Microsoft Office Division Demos: First Impression
I came across the following information on twitter today: “Microsoft has made available a demo environment for the Microsoft Office platform”. What is this, you may ask? Well it is a smorgasbord demo environment!! It includes Microsoft Office, Lync, Exchange, SharePoint, and all in the 2013 stack. You get two possible options, one is to create a demo Office 365 site, the other is to download a set of VHDs. The initial details on this … If you chose to download the VHDs, you can download with demo ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:50 PM

Microsoft Management Summit 2013 / MMS2013
Next week I will be at MMS 2013 in Las Vegas! I will be presenting 5 sessions, one of which will be a repeat session. If you are going to be attending and you did not know about Exam Prep sessions, make sure to make a stop the Training and Certification area. Get your Certs updated or started, we will have MCTs presenting several Exam Prep sessions on topics that are relevant to MMS. Here is a listing of the sessions being presented. A total of 16 sessions. Add them to your Schedule. As the week ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:51 AM

New set of Visio stencils for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint 2013
As versions of the server products have changed, and a more “modern” interface and cleaner display is about. Well, so are the Visio stencils we should be using when designing our infrastructure or enterprise diagrams. Below is a list of the new stencils available. SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Office 2013 Exchange 2013 ......

Posted On Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:48 AM

Getting Lync for Mac working with Office 365
About a month ago, Microsoft announced the release of Lync for Mac. If you have access to TechNet or MSDN you likely have access to download this tool. Among the benefits of the tool, being able to connect to Office 365. Exciting news, yet for some odd reason it was a battle if you had upgraded to Lion (have not heard of anyone having issues that is running on Snow Leopard). Microsoft then released an update for Lync for Mac. Now, after the update, it was still no dice for me. Upon further research ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 11:25 PM

Lync for Mac now available for download

Not long ago at all Microsoft announced Lync for Mac had been released to RTM.  Now it is available for download from MSDN and TechNet.

More information on what Lync for Mac does and what it brings to the Mac platform here:

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2011 10:43 PM

Lync Training Plans
Ever since I started working with SharePoint, I have always felt the “standard” grouping most training organizations make for people are the same old three: Admins, Devs and Users. True it fits most molds, but not as effective as truly understanding the value of roles. Now, the title of the post is in fact Lync Training Plans. The Lync Team has put together some guidance in the form of (drumroll!) Training Plans based on roles that go beyond your “User” grouping. You can download it here It is an ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2011 5:59 AM

Unofficial Prep guide for PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator (70-665) Part 2 of 2
Designing a Topology for Lync Server 2010 Design address book Design central and branch office topology ......

Posted On Monday, May 9, 2011 9:03 PM

Unofficial Prep guide for PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator (70-665) Part 1 of 2
With the recent demand to technologies that allow us to communicate better inside and outside our organization’s walls, comes the need to implement solutions like Microsoft Lync. Individuals are looking at expanding their skillset and therefore looking at training and certifications. Here are some resources that will help you prepare for the PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator (70-665) Exam. Information for the Links in the Prep Guide come from TechNet Library and the info can be found ......

Posted On Monday, May 9, 2011 7:54 PM

Unofficial Prep guide for TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring (70-664)
Managing Users and Client Access (20 percent) Objective Materials Configure user accounts Deploy and maintain clients Configure conferencing policies Configure IM policies Deploy and maintain Lync Server 2010 devices ......

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:01 PM

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