The Site

Starting with articles simply documenting a few tips and tricks I learned while deploying Office Communications Server as a consultant many years, then maturing into deeper discussions of complex concepts in Lync this site is a collection of articles all written entirely by me in whatever spare time I can find these days. As day job focuses on audio and video capabilities of Lync across a a vast array of devices then the majority of articles on this site are focused on that subject matter.

The previous ‘Index’ page has been removed as manually categorizing and listing each article on this site has become a bit inefficient. Instead the Tag Cloud should be used to locate articles grouped together among some of the more popular subjects. For example, articles related to Lync Optimized phones are tagged under ‘LPE‘ for Lync Phone Edition while Lync Qualified devices are tagged as ‘3PIP‘ for the Third Party Interoperability Program. Also any articles related to standards-based video teleconferencing interoperability with Lync are tagged as ‘VTC‘. Other popular articles are included in the ‘Deployment‘ and ‘Tips‘ tags and so on.

Another helpful tip is you can view combinations of tags by appending +tagname to the end of the URL. For example, to view articles tagged with both ‘Deployment’ and ‘2013’ use this URL format: http://blog.schertz.name/tag/deployment+2013

The Author

I am currently the Lead Microsoft Solutions Architect for Polycom based out of Chicago focusing on helping customers integrate our video conferencing solutions and UC endpoints with their Microsoft OCS and Lync environments.

As a Microsoft MVP awardee in Communications Server since 2008 my contributions include TechNet forum participation and moderation, writing technical blog articles and white papers, as well as presenting on UC topics at various users group meetings, Lync Conferences, TechEd, and other industry conferences. I am also on the board of directors for the nationwide non-profit Lync Users Group as well as the local organizer for their Chicago region events.

As a consultant in Microsoft infrastructure technologies I have over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, most recently as a Senior Consultant for PointBridge Solutions on projects ranging from targeted global messaging migrations to enterprise Active Directory, Exchange Server, and Communications Server architecture and deployment.  In the past I have held several system administration positions for school districts, software developers, consumer product manufacturers and data/voice service providers.  I currently live in Chicago and enjoy playing guitar, photography, snowboarding, traveling, and motorcycle racing.

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The content posted on this blog is represented as accurate to the best of my abilities and although many best practices may be quoted individual vendors can alter their guidelines without notice. Ultimately the technical accuracy is offered with no warranty. Any and all statements and opinions expressed are solely my own and do not represent that of any organization I may be employed by or any organization tied to the products or solutions discussed.

For any questions related to this site my email address is simply my first name @ the domain name of this website.

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