Polycom UCS 5.4 for VVX Phones

September 28, 2015 by · 83 Comments 

The latest release of the Polycom VVX 5.4 UCS firmware branch is now available for Lync and Skype for Business environments.  While the initial 5.4.0 release ( was published a few months ago that was only intended for Open SIP applications.  The recent 5.4.0A release ( is fully supported for Lync and Skype for Business […]

Managing Lync Online with PowerShell

April 20, 2015 by · 9 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 […]

Introducing the Polycom RoundTable 100

April 15, 2015 by · 16 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 […]

October 2014 Lync Users Group

October 7, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

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 Aruba Networks will cover Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Wi-Fi scenarios with Lync. The second session presented by a local subject […]

To DirSync or not to DirSync

January 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

When setting up a new BPOS site for clients the first conversation I make sure to have is about their on-premises Active Directory solution.  Most companies already have a domain even if they are currently using Notes or Groupwise for a messaging solution, I haven’t seen a fully native Novell operation where no Windows domain […]

Understanding Contact Objects in Exchange Online

January 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

When planning a migration up to Exchange Online, or even when working with a current customer that has already noticed this, there is one important distinction to be aware of regarding how Contact Objects are handled in the BPOS-Shared realm.  Whether or not Directory Synchronization is (or will be) used with an on-premises Active Directory […]

Retrieving the Mailbox Size in BPOS

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the more common questions I get when migrating clients up to Exchange Online is where can they view mailbox size information for all of the users online.  This is typically more often asked during Exchange on-premises migrations where administrators are used to being able to retrieve that information from the Exchange Command Shell. […]

BPOS Sign-In Client Breaks iPhone USB Synchronization

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

So, I just ran into this issue and thought it would be worth documenting.  During countless pilot migrations of users from various mail platforms to the Exchange Online portion of BPOS I’m surprised I’m just seeing this for the first time. The Scenario Where this appears is with a standard end-user scenario of a single […]

BPOS Introduces Office Communications Online

April 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Microsoft has just officially launched Office Communications Online functionality into the North American Business Productivity Online Suite – Shared (BPOS-S) offering.  If you’ve already been using the Exchange, SharePoint, and Live Meeting services, then OCS is a welcome addition as now IM communication and Presence information is tied into the client application suite (Outlook, Office […]

Migrating Lotus Notes to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite

March 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve been slacking on the OCS-related blog material recently, and that’s mainly due to the projects I’ve been working on, one of which is currently wrapping up.  My main focus since October has been a couple of migration projects from customer’s previously running Lotus Notes into the shared BPOS cloud. For a little background information […]

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