Microsoft Lync PowerShell Cheat Sheet

I just posted my Microsoft Lync PowerShell Cheat Sheet on a new blog dedicated to Microsoft Lync:

Your can read about it and download it here:

In a nutshell it is a quick reference card for PowerShell use with Lync Server 2010.

BlackBerry Support for OCS 2007 R2 & Lync Coming in Early 2011

April 4, 2011 Update:  BES 5.0 SP3 has been released which adds support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2. See Blackberry Support for OCS 2007 R2 and Lync is Now Available for more information.

Many readers of this blog are interesting in BlackBerry support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2 and Lync, so I wanted to provide this [...]

Lync & OCS Migration Top 10

Here are my Top 10 quick frequently-needed facts when you are first considering a Lync 2010 migration from OCS 2007 R2 (or if you are considering co-existence).
1. Lync 2010 Servers Can Coexist with OCS 2007 R2 Servers (in an OCS 2007 R2 Deployment)
• They can coexist in the same AD Forest and AD Domain, but [...]

Lync 2010 – Setting User Location

One of the great new features of Microsoft Lync 2010 is the ability for users to show their geographic location in their client, including the ability to have it auto-detected based on their network information. The ability for Lync to autodetect a users location is a whole feature set onto itself which utilizes the new [...]

Noteworthy Updates: SQL 2008 R2 Support, CU6, & Communications Server 2010

Three recent OCS developments you should be aware of:

1] Communications Server 2007 R2 Does Not Support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

An official statement was released regarding OCS 2007 R2 not supporting SQL Server 2008 R2 for the back-end database. The primary reason is that OCS 2007 R2 hasn’t been tested with SQL Server 2008 R2 [...]

Key Microsoft Communications Server “14″ Announcements at TechEd 2010

As TechEd 2010 in New Orleans unfolds this week, I’ll be updating this blog entry with the big announcements and significant developments with the next major release of OCS – code named Microsoft Communications Server (MCS) “14″.  I’ll focus on new announcements (for previously released information on MCS “14″, see this blog entry: Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications [...]

Future OCS Licensing Changes

Thanks to Tommy Clarke’s blog post for alerting me to this.

Microsoft recently released a licensing brief (Base and Additive Client Access Licenses: An Explanation) which details future licensing changes upcoming in the next release of OCS (OCS Wave 14).

 Here is a summary of the key changes:

 1) A new OCS Voice CAL:

Will include the OCS Wave [...]

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Communications Server “14”

Microsoft officially released more details today on the next release of OCS (further to the previous post on OCS in 2010 – The UC 14 Wave). The details were made in a keynote presentation by Gurdeep Singh Pall (VP Communications Group, Microsoft) at VoiceCon 2010 in Orlando.

The next release is code named “Microsoft Communications Server 14” (notice [...]

BlackBerry Client for OCS 2007 R2 Update

April 4, 2011 Update:  BES 5.0 SP3 has been released which adds support for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2. SeeBlackberry Support for OCS 2007 R2 and Lync is Now Available for more information.

A quick post regarding the availability of a native BlackBerry client that works with OCS 2007 R2.

A representative from RIM recently confirmed that a [...]

OCS in 2010 – The UC 14 Wave

** Sept 13, 2010 Update **: Microsoft has announced that OCS is being rebranded as Microsoft Lync, and a public Release Candidate is now available.  Read all about it here: OCS Renamed to “Microsoft Lync” & Public Release Candidate Available.


In the spirit of a new year, here is a glimpse of what to expect from OCS [...]