Microsoft Ignite 2015

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Next week at the Microsoft Ignite 2015 event in Chicago I will be presenting a session on video conferencing with Skype for Business 2015.  This presentation will brush up on a few new client features, introduce various interoperability models and then dive deep into the new Video Interop Server role in Skype for Business Server […]

Managing Lync Online with PowerShell

April 20, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

While articles on this blog are primarily focused on real time communication capabilities provided throughout Lync on-premises environments, as Microsoft moves forward with including more voice and video features in their cloud offering then integration and management of Lync Online will start become more common here. Background One of the first steps in this journey […]

April 2015 Lync Users Group

April 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month. Event Details This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format: This meeting will include two sessions, the first session will cover the Skype for Business Client, which was just released to the public last week. The […]

Lync Registration on VVX Phones

April 19, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

Most of the instruction in this article has already been included in various past articles but as some additional methods for Lync registration have been introduced it seems logical to revisit each of the options in a single referenceable article.  The options covered below are available on any VVX phone running at least UCS 5.2 […]

Introducing the Polycom RoundTable 100

April 15, 2015 by · 6 Comments 

Recently at Enterprise Connect 2015 Microsoft and Polycom together unveiled the latest in conference room solutions designed for Microsoft’s enterprise UC platform. The RoundTable 100 is the first offering in a series of new co-developed products designed specifically to work with Skype for Business (SfB).  This product enters a completely new arena in terms of […]

Polycom UCS 5.3 for VVX Phones

March 31, 2015 by · 48 Comments 

The newest release of Polycom VVX firmware is now available as the 5.3 UCS release.  There are a lot of new Lync specific features, some of which are highlighted in this article.  Not all of the features are covered, so make sure to also look for the upcoming administrators guide for release 5.3 for full […]

Polycom RPP Configuration for Lync

March 25, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

The core Polycom video bridging infrastructure components of the RealPresence Platform (RPP) have recently attained Lync Qualification.  As of the posting of this article the following RPP products qualified for Lync Server 2013 are: The Distributed Media Application (DMA) 7000 version 6.2 The RealPresence Collaboration Server (RPCS, a.k.a RMX) version 8.5 This means that when […]

Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

January 26, 2015 by · 19 Comments 

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business (SfB) was analyzed and explained in an effort to clarify […]

January 2015 Lync Users Group

January 16, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month. Event Details This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format: The first session presented by Enghouse Interactive will cover Contact Center solutions for Lync. The second session presented by a local subject matter expert will discuss […]

Announcing Skype for Business

November 11, 2014 by · 22 Comments 

Just this morning Microsoft has announced, by way of Twitter and new posts on the Office and Skype blogs that the Lync Server product will be rebranded as Skype for Business. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Skype, Gurdeep Singh Pall, released the following message to Twitter coinciding with the official blog articles confirming the hunches […]

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