There is so much going on in the Lync and Unified Communications community, the aim of this monthly roundup is to catch all the exciting news updates and blog posts to give a nice reference. If you think I’ve missed anything please give me a shout and I will get it added in.
Lync Software Updates
Lync Web Scheduler is a resource kit tool for Microsoft® Lync Server 2010. It provides a Web-based alternative to the add-in for the Microsoft Office Outlook® messaging and collaboration client for the purpose of scheduling a meeting using Lync Server 2010. It also provides a browser-based conference management experience that includes operations such as the following: Scheduling a new online Lync meeting. Listing all existing Lync Server 2010 meetings that the user has organized. Viewing and modifying details of an existing meeting. Deleting an existing meeting. Sending an email invitation to meeting participants by using a configured SMTP mail server. Joining an existing conference.
An overview of the features and some screenshots from Justin Morris here
Lync Documentation Updates
There were lots of great documentation updates from the Lync team in April. A full list of updates and changes on the Nexthop Blog here . Below are the new document highlights.
This resource is for first-level help desk agents who support Microsoft Lync Server 2010 clients. It provides a script for opening a service call and identifying the problem the user is having, information about how to resolve the problem, in word doc and .chm help file format.
A word doc explaining how to plan for and configure Quality of Service (QoS) for Microsoft Lync Server 2010
I’m sure you won’t want to be uninstalling Lync anytime soon! But should you need to one day for an upgrade, or document the steps as part of your deployment plan, this document has the details.
SharePoint, Enterprise Voice and Conferencing and Collaboration Chapters added
The administrative tools consist of the following: Lync Server Deployment Wizard, Lync Server Topology Builder, Lync Server Control Panel, Lync Server Management Shell, Lync Server Logging tool
This document describes the supported functionality, environments, tools, limitations, and outlines a series of best practice recommendations for running the Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 communications software client in a virtualized environment. Covering Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Microsoft RemoteApp and RDS + App-V.
Use this guide as a starting point to address the security of your Lync Server deployment. This guide provides general guidelines and best practices for assessing and managing the most common security risks.
Microsoft announced the results for their 3rd fiscal quarter, announcing a 13% increase from the same period last year and reporting that Lync sales grew 30%!
Note it is certified for OCS 2007 R2 and therefore compatible with Lync. This doesn’t mean it has the full Lync feature set you would expect from an Optimised for Lync device from Polycom or Aastra.
You can download a pdf comparing all the Lync IP phones here
CUCiLync a full review From Luis Ramos, hint, it’s a thumbs down.
Amongst other examples, this includes Modality Systems Timeprompt (Full Disclosure: I work for Modality Systems)
Microsoft Lync 2010: Unified communications comes of age – From Infoworld
“Don’t even think about shopping for a new enterprise phone system without adding Lync to the list of candidates. Take a good hard look, and encourage your organization to download the trial and take it for a ride. This is the first UC system I’ve worked with that feels like UC should.”
Microsoft Lync a Collaborator Worth Having – Review from Thestreet.com
“If you can’t keep your company on track on Lync, you probably can’t keep your company on track.”
Upcoming events – May
User group or event coming up? Let me know and I will add it here