The UC Architects Podcast Ep42

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 42 of The UC Architects podcast is now available, which is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by John A. Cook, Tom Arbuthnot and yours truly. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Tool: PelNet v2.0
  • Managed Availability Probes
  • Skype for Desktop Settings – Set-SkypeClientPreferences withPowerShell
  • New firmware for LPE devices
  • Desktop sharing update
  • New Tool: Lync Common Area Phone Management (GUI)
  • Lync SDN For Dummies
  • Lync Anonymous Response Group Limitations and Field Notes
  • Practical use of Call Quality Methodology
  • New Tool: Event Zero Broadcast IM tool
  • Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update (flex fabric update)
  • Static route for Edge server internal interfaces
  • UC Architects @ Connections speakers and Scheduled Maintenance party
  • Norwegian Lync Day
  • TechEd Europe 2014
  • Northern UC User Group

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep42

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]Episode 42 of The UC Architects podcast is now available, which is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by John A. Cook, Tom Arbuthnot and yours truly. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Tool: PelNet v2.0
  • Managed Availability Probes
  • Skype for Desktop Settings – Set-SkypeClientPreferences withPowerShell
  • New firmware for LPE devices
  • Desktop sharing update
  • New Tool: Lync Common Area Phone Management (GUI)
  • Lync SDN For Dummies
  • Lync Anonymous Response Group Limitations and Field Notes
  • Practical use of Call Quality Methodology
  • New Tool: Event Zero Broadcast IM tool
  • Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update (flex fabric update)
  • Static route for Edge server internal interfaces
  • UC Architects @ Connections speakers and Scheduled Maintenance party
  • Norwegian Lync Day
  • TechEd Europe 2014
  • Northern UC User Group

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep41

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]I’m happy to announce the availability of episode 41 of The UC Architects podcast.

This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Pat Richard, Stale Hansen and Tom Arbuthnot. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Some of the topics discussed in this episode are:

 

  • Microsoft ordered to hand over overseas email, throwing EU privacy rights in the fire
  • Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises
  • Exchange Log Level GUI Powershell Script
  • Lingering entries for long-departed servers retained by Exchange 2013
  • Outlook 2013 cannot connect to Exchange 2013 using MAPI over HTTP when proxy is enabled
    Exchange 2013′s Hybrid Configuration Wizard in SP1 and CU5 is BROKEN!
  • Walking through Exchange 2013′s Hybrid Configuration Wizard steps
  • Microsoft Exec Discusses Plan To Offer Customers Free Office 365 Migration Services
  • Signatures in Office 365
  • BitTitan Data Encryption Released
  • Complete Home Lync Lab
  • Isn’t It Time For Lync To Make Way For Skype?
  • Assign Lync Policies to Lync users based on Active Directory Group membership
  • Change Lync Conferencing Dial-In Number Display Order (GUI)
  • Installing and Configuring Lync 2013 Watcher Node
  • Plantronics-as-a-Service
  • Lync Snom Configuration Manager
  • Lync Phone Edition July 2014 CU
  • Microsoft selects 911Enable for Lync Online Dedicated
  • New Lync PowerShell tool: Lync 2013 Contact Backup and Restore Tool (GUI)
  • Polycom UCS 5.1 for VVX phones
  • Using Lync Like a LyncPro
  • Logitech cc3000e review
  • Lync Users Group
  • UC Birmingham User Group – August 13th @ The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre
  • Norwegian Lync Day October 14th, 2014

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

 

Microsoft announces Unified Technology Event for Enterprises

imageOne Event to rule them all, One Event to find them,
One Event to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

Today, through Microsoft’s General Manager for Office, Julia White, Microsoft announced that there will be a Microsoft Unified Technology Event for Enterprises in Chicago next year, to be held in the week of May 4th. This new event is aiming at the current attendees of TechEd, Sharepoint Conference, Lync Conference, Project Conference (uh, what), the Microsoft Management Summit and our beloved Exchange Conference. It is also replacing those events starting next year, meaning RIP for events like MEC, SPC and TechEd. There is nothing mentioned regarding the faith of the related events held in non-NA regions, like TechEd Europe or TechEd Australia.

I consider myself lucky being able to attend the – what looks to be the last (again) – Microsoft Exchange Conference this year. Looking back at that event, thinking about setting, identity and depth, one can only hope for the best with this new monstrous event. After all, looking at recent attendance numbers and assuming there are some attendees visiting multiple of these events, adding recent numbers of TechEd North America (10k+), SPC (12k+), MMS (5k+), MEC (2,5k), LyncConf (0,5k) show the estimated attendance could easily go in the direction of 20,000+ attendees. That estimate is without representation from the related product groups and exhibitors. That is one big event.

With the next release of Exchange being announced for 2015, one could assume there are more products lined up for a common launch next year, similar to the Wave15 launch end of 2012 when Exchange 2013 was released together with Lync 2013, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013. Though, I do not know the exact timelines of the non-Exchange products, so I could be wrong here.

An event of this scale event poses some serious challenges. That could be as elementary as transport or where to put that many people in the near surroundings of the convention center. Also, what sessions will be scheduled and at what level, given the mixed crowds of the generalistic TechEd and the more product-oriented deep-dive events like MEC. Companies sending delegations of their IT staff to these events may need to have drawings on who needs to stay back at home to keep IT running.

For people worried about the new unified event, Julia White tries to reassure people that the new format will be as ‘magical’ and ‘enjoyable’ as the individual events and it will even exceed them regarding ‘awesomeness’ and value. Meanwhile, Exchange fellows Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux written up their own views on this change, I suggest you check them out as well.

Note that this site mentions McCormick Place as the event venue (thanks Mike Rigsby). It also mentions the event takes place from Monday until Friday:

Event Name Venue Start Date End Date Attendees
Microsoft Commercial Event 2015
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place

Map It

05/04/2015 05/09/2015 20000

The official announcements can be found here and here. More details will be made available around September.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep40

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]We’re glad to announce the availability of episode 40 of The UC Architects podcast.

This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined by Michael Van Horenbeeck, Dave Stork, John A Cook, Stale Hansen, Andrew Price and Michel de Rooij. Special guest is Tony Redmond. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Learn why Alternate Login ID is Office 365′s hidden gem
  • Exchange and Antivirus Exclusions – Still A Critical Conversation
  • Microsoft explains roots of this week’s Office 365 downtime
  • Office 365 for business public roadmap
  • Is Microsoft really saying “don’t virtualize” Exchange?
  • Why running Exchange on Azure is an unattractive proposition
  • June updates for Lync client (KB2881013, KB2850074)
  • Lync for Mac update—E911, video & file-sharing enhancements (14.09)
  • Using Lync like a LyncPro
  • New Tool: Change Lync Conferencing Dial-In Number Display Order (GUI)
  • Port 5088 Missing from Lync 2013 Documentation
  • Call Quality Methodology scorecard for Lync Server
  • Cisco and Microsoft Lync Content Sharing
  • SIP Pinger Tool
  • Verify Lync QoS settings with this little script
  • Content Switching with Exchange and Lync-related Workloads
  • 74-338 course overview

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

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The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep39

iTunes-Podcast-logo[1]We’re glad to announce the availability of episode 39 of The UC Architects podcast.

This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Johan Veldhuis, Dave Stork, John Cook, Tom Arbuthnot and Michel de Rooij. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Min topics discussed in this episode are:

  • Exchange 2013 CU5 (Release, Hybrid Improvements, OAB Improvements)
  • Exchange 2010 SP3 UR6
  • Discussion about Exchange storage (Steve’s Article, VMware KB)
  • Open Specifications Posters for Office client, Lync, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL Server, and Windows
  • Exchange Server 2013 Platform Options poster
  • DLP from Exchange coming to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint
  • myBulletins, tool that provides personalized list of the security bulletins
  • Lync Room System (LRS) v15.10 May update out for Smart with fixes and enhancements
  • Lync Callback Reminder
  • XenDesktop Certified on Lync 2013
  • Update 2880980 for Lync 2013
  • Lync 2013 support for SQL AlwaysON
  • Beta release of Azure AD Sync via Connect
  • UC Birmingham User Group August

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

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The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep38

UC2Have no fear, episode 38 of The UC Architects podcast is here!

This episode is hosted by Pat Richard, who is joined byJohan Veldhuis, John A. Cook, Tom Arbuthnot and Michel de Rooij. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • TechEd is this week in Houston
  • Microsoft Certified Professionals Get a Free NFR License the KEMP VLM-5000!
  • NextHop blog is being consolidated.DrRez on FB and Twitter are being retired as well.
  • U.S. judge rules search warrants extend to overseas email accounts
  • New version of #Posterpedia that includes the new #Azure #poster and updated #MSExchange poster
  • Alternate login ID for #Office365 reduces dependence onUPN
  • Guidedwalkthroughs for Exchange, Lync,SharePoint, and Office 365
  • Exchange Connections 2014 sessions posted on the web
  • MEC 2014 Recordings are here!
  • Lyncconf14 sessions onchannel9!
  • Microsoft Supported Method to Move from Pure Lync Online to Lync Server On-Premises/hybrid deployment
  • Lync Phone Edition Cumulative Update
  • Microsoft extends support for Lync Phone Edition
  • Pool Ownership Conflict moving users between Lync Pools
  • Microsoft LyncWireshark Plugin
  • Why you shouldn’t use .local in your Active Directory domain name
  • Lync Insights
  • Lync Phone App updated
  • iPad/iPhone and certificates

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep37

UC2We’re glad to announce the availability of episode 37 of The UC Architects podcast.

This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman, who is joined by Michael van Horenbeeck, John Cook, Ståle Hansen and Michel de Rooij. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Min topics discussed in this episode are:

  • MEC wrap-up
  • Azure AD sync preview
  • IIS Log File cleanup
  • Heartbleed and HLBs
  • Exchange Online Protection enhancements
  • Digicert Heartbleed vulnerability scan and detection
  • Using Lync like a Lync pro
  • Monitoring peak call capacity
  • SIPFED address change
  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.7 hotfix
  • BYOD in a WiFi infrastructure
  • Lync April 2014 Cumulative Update
  • Office of iPad
  • eNow’s Hybrid monitoring product.

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep35

UC2We’re glad to announce the availability of episode 35 of The UC Architects podcast. This episode is hosted by Steve Goodman who’s joined by Michael van Hoorenbeeck, Dave Stork, Serkan Varoglum, John Cook, Ståle Hansen and yours truly. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topic discussed in this episode are:

  • Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1
  • Exchange 2013 SP1 Transport bug
  • Exchange 2010 SP3 UR5
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 UR13
  • Have Public Folder limits changed recently? Let us know!
  • Now Available: GetLogFileUsage.ps1 script
  • Configuring Azure Multi-factor Authentication with Exchange 2013 SP1
  • Exchange 2013 SP1 now includes native ADFS support
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and Database Availability Groups
  • Certificate Inspector™ by DigiCert
  • Office Web Apps Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) also available
  • Static IP Addresses for VMs in Windows Azure
  • HA EOP/Office 365 to On-Premises routing
  • SAML 2.0 federation with Office 365
  • Demo Scripts for Remotely managing Office 365 using PowerShell
  • Lync Conference 2014 – Some sessions released
  • Lync Room Systems (LRS) PSA – Update to 15.08
  • Minor update 1.01 to Lync2013 Call Pickup Group Manager Tool.
  • Lync call accounting for user or departmental billing – beta v0.2
  • Office 2013 SP1 fixes annoying UISuppressionMode bug for Lync
  • Using CsClientPolicyEntry for Inband Snom Provisioning
  • Lync 2013 – Masking Information from Monitoring Reports
  • Lync / Powerpoint certificate issue

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

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The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.

The UC Architects Podcast Ep34

UC2A quick post to announce the availability of episode 34 of The UC Architects podcast. This episode was recorded at the Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas in front of a live audience and features Jamie Stark (@nomorephones), Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Microsoft Skype division, and Lauren Husum (@lhorgan88), Product Marketing Manager in the Lync Marketing group.

This episode is hosted by Pat RIchard who’s also joined by Ståle Hansen, John Cook, Justin Morris, Tim Harrington and Tom Arbuthnot. Editing was done by Andrew Price.

Topics featured in this episode are:

  • Lync Conference 2014 Impressions
  • Lync Conference 2014 Keynote topics
  • Lync Conference 2014 Expo floor
  • Microsoft picks new CEO
  • Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers
  • Lync Server 2013 Stress Testing Guide
  • Lync Conference 2014 Keynote: Building Toward Universal Communications

More information on the podcast including references and a link to download the podcast here or you can subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes, Zune or use the RSS feed.

About
The UC Architects is a bi-weekly community podcast by people with a passion for Unified Communications; our main focus is on Exchange, Lync or related subjects.