Configuring User Federation, Remote Access, and Public IM in Lync

If you have existing scripts for OCS user configuration that are being re-purposed for Lync, this blog post might be helpful: http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/05/configuring-user-federation-remote-access-and-public-im-in-lync/.

Federating OCS 2007 R2 and Lync Online in Office 365 Beta

I recently federated an on-premise OCS 2007 R2 deployment with a Lync Online domain, and wanted to highlight something that is not well documented.
The procedure is largely the same on from the on-premise OCS Edge has it is for adding any other Federated partner – you add the Federated partners SIP domain has an Allow [...]

Microsoft to Acquire Skype

June 30, 2011 Update: Office 365 To Get Skype Integration. It appears Microsoft will integrate Skype functionality into Office 365 voice and video conferencing: http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/microsoft_news/231000726.

June 17, 2011 Update: Microsoft Wins Antitrust Approval From FTC To Buy Skype: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110617-713214.html.

This is not Microsoft OCS/Lync news per se, but in case you missed it, this morning Microsoft has entered into an agreement [...]

Integrating OCS 2007 R2 and Polycom Telepresence

A quick tip to anyone integrating the Polycom HDX 8000 video conferencing unit with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.
When you create the OCS 2007 R2 user to be used for the Polycom HDX 8000 (aka Conference Room User), a key requirement is that this OCS 2007 R2 user CANNOT be fully enabled for Enhanced Presence (by [...]