Over the next month or so I will be hosting a number of 3-hour design clinics throughout various Microsoft Technology Centers across the Midwest which will focus on Video conferencing in Lync Server 2010 and how to leverage third-party video conferencing solutions to extend the overall experience and capabilities.  Additional events are also being held across the country (the schedule is included below).

These will be highly-interactive sessions driven primarily off a whiteboard (basically zero PowerPoint slides) and attendee participation is highly encouraged as often there is more than one way to architect different solutions and different environments across varying business sectors will ultimately have unique goals in mind.  Discussions will range from technical topics (like traffic signaling paths) to best practices and real-world usage.


The goal of these design clinics are two-fold: to provide a base level understanding of how video conferencing works in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and its impact on traditional enterprise networks, and then to expand that design by demonstrating how third party video conferencing solutions integrate with Lync. Open discussions about leveraging this type of interoperability for video will focus on topics like extended scalability and resiliency, enriched end-user experience, mobility, recording, and connectivity to standards-based solutions.

Topics to be discussed will revolve around these core subjects, building from basic connectivity through a resilient multi-site environment.

  • Endpoints
    • Client Services
    • Connectivity
    • Conferencing Services
    • Content Management
    • Infrastructure Management
    • Availability

    These events will by presented by me and some of my colleagues in various Microsoft and Polycom offices throughout the country. All events are from 9AM to 12PM local time.

    To register for any of these events simply click the Location name to be redirected to the registration web site.

    Date Location Address Presenter
    July 12th Chicago, Illinois
    Microsoft Technology Center
    200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Jeff Schertz
    July 19th Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Microsoft Technology Center
    3601 W 76th Street, Suite 600
    Edina, MN 55435
    Chris Kunze
    July 24th Houston, Texas
    DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
    400 Dallas Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Jose Mateo
    July 25th New York City, New York
    Polycom Experience Center
    1 Penn Plaza, Suite 2832
    New York, NY 10119
    Chris Smith
    July 26th Detroit, Michigan
    Microsoft Technology Center
    1000 Town Center Drive, 19th Floor
    Southfield, MI 48075
    Jeff Schertz
    July 26th Atlanta, Georgia
    Microsoft Technology Center
    1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 300
    Alpharetta, GA 30009
    Jose Mateo
    July 31st Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Microsoft Technology Center
    45 Liberty Boulevard
    Malvern, PA 19355
    Chris Smith
    August 1st Andover, Massachusetts
    Polycom Office
    100 Minuteman Road
    Andover MA 01810
    Chris Smith
    August 1st Columbus, Ohio
    Microsoft Office
    8800 Lyra Drive, Suite 400
    Columbus, OH 43240
    Jeff Schertz
    August 2nd Cleveland, Ohio
    Microsoft Office
    6050 Oak Tree Blvd, Suite 300
    Independence, OH 44131
    Jeff Schertz
    August 7th Seattle, Washington
    Microsoft Civica Office
    205 108th Avenue NE, Suite 400
    Bellevue, WA  98004
    Rob Herman
    August 7th Baltimore, Maryland
    Marriott Inner Harbor
    110 South Eutaw Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201
    Chris Smith
    August 9th Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Polycom Experience Center
    145 King Street West, Suite 2701
    Toronto, ON M5H 1J8
    Jose Mateo
    August 9th San Jose, California
    Polycom Experience Center
    6001 America Center Drive
    San Jose, CA  95154
    Rob Herman
    August 14th Denver, Colorado
    Polycom Office
    1765 W. 121st Avenue
    Westminster, CO  80234
    Mike Stacy
    August 16th Irvine, California
    Microsoft Technology Center
    3 Park Plaza, Suite 1600
    Irvine, CA  92614
    Rob Herman
    TBA Herndon, Virginia
    Polycom Experience Center
    13650 Dulles Technology Dr, Suite 500
    Herndon, VA 20171
    Chris Smith

    (Registration is not yet open for some of the events so check back later.)

    Update 7/18 – Registration added for Baltimore sessions and date changed to August 7th.

    By Jeff Schertz

    Site Administrator

    14 thoughts on “Lync Video Interop Design Clinics”
      1. Richard, (ironically) these video-focused events are intended for in-person attendance only as they are intended to be hands-on and registration will be limited in numbers to help foster a workshop experience versus a larger group lecture. That being said we may look at providing remote attendance to some of the events if there are few requests for it.

    1. Hmm,
      Is it wrong that i'm over in the states on holiday and got excited that one of the dates matches when I'm in LA….

      How to explain this to the wife… 😮

      1. Microsoft and Polycom do have offices in the DFW area so if we schedule additional events after these that market may be an option.

    2. Looking forward to the Baltimore, or Herndon event! I know of a few others that would be interested. Many are not convinced Polycom is a good fit with Lync. They need to see the value it brings.

      1. Yes, I've just added the registration link to the table (note that the date has changed from the 9th to the 7th.)

    3. Would have loved to attend this but traveling from Norway for a 3 hour clinic.. might be stretching it a little too much. So yes, please record or webcast the event 🙂

      1. We have not been able to record any of the past events but with the popularity of this format I may look at recording one and posting it online at some point. If I do I'll update this post with a link.

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