Monday, June 25, 2012

Becoming a Master


I just spent one of the longest three weeks of my life getting certified for Lync Masters.  It was long by two fold: the day to day grind of 12+ hour days (this isn’t a 5 day work week…) focusing on nothing but Lync and then the three weeks away from my family.  It was a great feeling that I came back on top!

I want to give a special shout out to my study group and fellow Masters (yes we were 100% in our group): Jeroen Reijling and Luke Kannel.  These guys are at the top of their game.  Also great on going conversations/contributions with the rest of Rotation 15.  It was definitely a team effort.

If you are thinking about Lync Masters, I will give you one piece of advice: do not come to class without being at least familiar with all the features of Lync.  This includes Enterprise Voice, Response Groups, CAC, Exchange UM, and even Group Chat.  Do not expect to learn them on the spot.  Also some bonus advice…do not come to Masters without first tying up loose ends with your company, projects, and family.  Distractions will be your downfall.

Here are a couple of good blog posts that I referred to during the process: Blog1 and Blog2.

Again, a big thanks to my family, study group, and my company Azaleos (as well as my colleague Chris Cook who held down the fort while I was gone) for allowing me the opportunity.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lync June 2012 Server and Client Updates Released (CU6)

The Lync team has released server and client updates for June 2012. Here are all the details:

Server Updates (7577.199) – DownloadKB 2493736

Note: Use the cumulative LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe to install the updates to make sure all needed updates are applied.

Clients (7577.4103)

Phone Edition (7577.4100)

Group Chat (7577.4102)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Slow Month…For Blogging

It is going to be a slow month for me blogging.  On the other hand, it will be one of my busiest and most challenging months in my professional career.  I am headed off to Redmond for Lync Masters training.  If you are not familiar with Masters training, it is a 3-week “immersive” training program held on the Redmond campus and taught by the product group and SME’s in the field.  More info about the Lync Masters program can be found here: Lync Masters.

I am looking forward to this great opportunity that my company (Azaleos) and my family has allowed me to attend.  See everyone on the other side…