MUCUGL Thursday 31st July 2014: Managing and Monitoring Lync in the Enterprise

I’m calling it, Summer is here, it’s the July Microsoft UC User Group London. As always, at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

This month we have special guest Phillip Priestley from Unify² . Phil is a Managing Architect with Unify Square based in the UK specializing in corporate strategy, design and implementation of complex Microsoft UC solutions. He has a broad range of industries including Finance, Retail, Defence, Education and Local Government from SMBs to Complex Multinational organisations

Phil will be talking about operating and monitoring Lync in the Enterprise. Lync provides lots of functionality and integration options, which means Enterprise deployments can be Large and Complex. Good management and monitoring are vital. Come and see how free native Microsoft tools can be used to operate and monitor your Lync environment and how 3rd party tools can provide additional benefits and value to your Lync deployment to enhance your end user experience.

An interesting topic and I’m sure will provoke some good conversations and debate.

Tom and Adam will do a roundup of all the latest UC and Lync news and updates.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual, hopefully sunny, beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 31st July at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Tickets on eventbite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-july-2014-managing-and-monitoring-lync-in-the-enterprise-tickets-12114008325

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Full agenda below:

Date: Thursday 31st July Title: MUCUGL July 2014: Managing and Monitoring Lync in the Enterprise
Times Topics
18.00-19:00 – Operating and Monitoring Lync 2013 in the Enterprise (Philip Priestley) How Microsoft tools can be used to operate and monitor your Lync environment and how 3rd party tools can provide additional benefits and value to your Lync deployment to enhance your end user experience.
19:00-19.20 – Networking Networking, drinks and snacks
19.20-19.50 – Latest News and Developments (Tom and Adam) All the important announcements and news
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

MUCUGL Wednesday 16th April 2014: Best of Lync Conference

Time flies, spring us upon us, it’s the April Microsoft UC User Group London, as always at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

Adam, Justin and Tom were all lucky enough to be speaking at Lyncconf in February. A lot went on over there, some which we can’t talk about (at least not until the pub), but fortunately some that we can 🙂

So Justin and Adam are going to re-present two really well received sessions, Justin on third party product to enhance your Lync roll-out and Adam on Interoperable Video Conferencing solutions.

Finally, Tom will do a roundup of all the latest news that was released at and since the conference.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

Tickets on eventbrite:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-april-2014-best-of-lync-conference-tickets-11142275847

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Wednesday 16th April at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Full agenda below:

Date: Wednesday 16th April Title: MUCUGL April 2014: Best of Lync Conference
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Enhancing Your Voice Rollout with 3rd Party Products (Justin Morris) Covering areas such as Contact Centres, Call Recording, User Adoption and Operator Console
18.30-19.10 – Video Conferencing Solutions Interoperable with Lync (Adam Jacobs) A look at your options around Room based video with Lync
19.10-19.30 – (Networking) Networking, drinks and snacks
19.30-19.50 – News and Announcements From Lync Conf (Tom Arbuthnot) All the important announcements and news from LyncConf
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

 

MUCUGL January 2014: Everything you wanted to know about Lync Edge and more

We’re pleased to be starting 2014 with what promises to be another great Microsoft UC User Group London, as always at the Polycom EEC London, near Liverpool Street Station.

As you know, we always try to cram loads of content in, and always end up running a little tight for time :-). So this month we are going to do a double session on Lync Edge. There is a lot to Lync external connectivity, we’ll be starting off with the basics in the first session and moving into the deep dive with SIP traces and all in the second session. As always we welcome your questions too.

Finally, we will be coving all the latest Lync and community news and updates since the last MUCUGL in October.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Thursday 30th January at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Register for free tickets at Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mucugl-january-2014-everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-lync-edge-and-more-tickets-10008454557

Full agenda below:

Date: Thursday 30th January Title: Everything you wanted to know about Lync Edge and more
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Understanding Lync Edge and External Connectivity Running through the fundamentals of Lync Edge and External Connectivity
18.30-19.10 – Lync Edge Server Deep Dive Going deeper on Edge, ports, packets, firewalls and SIP Traces
19.10-19.30 – (Networking) Networking, drinks and snacks
19.30-19.50 – Lync News and Community Update All the latest Lync news, patches and tools
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

MUCUGL October 2013: Lync Room System and Lync Server 2013 Architecture Best Practices

After a great event in July on a Monday for the first time, we’ve lined up an exciting agenda for our upcoming October event, once again at the Polycom EEC, near Liverpool Street station.

First up, Adam is going to cover everything you need to know about Lync Room System. What it’s value proposition is, how it works with Lync Server 2013 and what product offerings are available.

Next up, Justin is covering design examples of small, medium and large Lync Server 2013 deployments along with some interesting and complex scenarios you may not have come across before.

For the first time, we’ll have a guest during our networking session. Will Rowe from MSemploy will be providing an overview of the Lync job market and how to get discovered more easily if you’re looking for a job.

Finally, Tom will be covering the top 5 things you need to know before deploying your first Lync 2013 server into your production environment.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

MUCUGL is from 6pm on Wednesday 16th October at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Centre
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
London EC2

Register Here: https://mucugloctober2013.eventbrite.com/

Full agenda below

Date: October 16th 2013 Title: Lync Room System and Lync Server 2013 Architecture Best Practices
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Everything about Lync Room System Adam Jacobs runs through everything you need to know about the new Lync Room System and each vendor’s offerings
18.30-19.00 – Lync Server Top to Bottom, Big to Small Justin Morris covers design examples for big or small deployments of Lync and some examples of complex scenarios
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) Will Rowe from MSemploy will give a state of the Lync job market
19.20-19.50 – Top 5 Things to Know When Deploying your first Lync 2013 server Tom Arbuthnot covers the top things to know before deploying a Lync 2013 server into your production environment
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

MUCUGL July 2013: #Lync Call Recording, Hybrid Options and Skype Federation

After a great event in April, we’re already lining up for the July event. This time on a Monday evening at the Polycom EEC, near Liverpool Street station.

First up, after experience on a customer project, Tom is going to go over the Call Recording Options for Lync. Deep diving into the different technical models and products and pro’s and cons of each.

Next up, hot on the heels of the announcement that “Hybrid Voice” is no longer available, Adam Jacobs goes over what your hybrid options are for mixing Lync on-prem with Lync on Office 365, including how split domain is architected.

Finally, Justin Morris, back from TechEd NA and Europe, goes over exactly how Lync-Skype federation works and some of the gotchas.

Should be lots of good technical information. Actiance have kindly offered two copies of Mastering Lync Server 2013 to give away on the night.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

Meeting is from 6pm on Monday 15th July at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Center

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

Broadgate, London EC2

Great Britain

Register Here: http://mucugljuly2013.evenbrite.com/

Full agenda below

Date: July 15th 2013 Title: Lync Call Recording, Hybrid Options and Skype Federation
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Lync Call Recording Understanding the Products and Options Tom Arbuthnot gives an overview of the various third party voice recording product models and his experience with them.
18.30-19.00 – Understandings your Lync Server and Lync Online Hybrid Options Adam Jacobs deep dives into your hybrid options between Lync Server on-prem and Lync on Office 365
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) N/A
19.20-19.50 – Everything you need to know about Lync and Skype integration Justin Morris goes over the details of Skype federation with Lync, how to set it up and some of the gotchas
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

MUCUGL July 2013: Lync Call Recording, Hybrid Options and Skype Federation

After a great event in April, we’re already lining up for the July event. This time on a Monday evening at the Polycom EEC, near Liverpool Street station.

First up, after experience on a customer project, Tom is going to go over the Call Recording Options for Lync. Deep diving into the different technical models and products and pro’s and cons of each.

Next up, hot on the heals of the announcement that “Hybrid Voice” is no longer available, Adam Jacobs goes over what your hybrid options are for mixing Lync on-prem with Lync on Office 365, including how split domain is architected.

Finally, Justin Morris, back from Teched NA and Europe, goes over exactly how Lync-Skype federation works and some of the gotchas.

Should be lots of good technical information. Actiance have kindly offered two copies of Mastering Lync Server 2013 to give away on the night.

We’ll then wrap up for the usual beers around 8pm. Hope to see you there.

Meeting is from 6pm on Monday 15th July at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Polycom Executive Experience Center

69 Old Broad St

16th Floor – Dashwood House

Broadgate, London EC2

Great Britain

Register Here: http://mucugljuly2013.evenbrite.com/

Full agenda below

Date: July 15th 2013 Title: Lync Call Recording, Hybrid Options and Skype Federation
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Lync Call Recording Understanding the Products and Options Tom Arbuthnot gives an overview of the various third party voice recording product models and his experience with them.
18.30-19.00 – Understandings your Lync Server and Lync Online Hybrid Options Adam Jacobs deep dives into your hybrid options between Lync Server on-prem and Lync on Office 365
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) N/A
19.20-19.50 – Everything you need to know about Lync and Skype integration Justin Morris goes over the details of Skype federation with Lync, how to set it up and some of the gotchas
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub

 

 

Next Microsoft UC User Group London Monday 15th July

Hi all.

Just a quick “save the date” post to let you know the next Microsoft UC User Group London will be on Monday 15th July from 6pm at the Polycom EEC (near Liverpool Street station) as usual.

No registration yet, we’re still finalising the agenda, but it will be packed full of content as always. Justin will be back from presenting at Teched NA and Europe with all the latest info.

Just wanted to give everyone plenty of time to get/keep the evening free.

Hope to see you there

thanks

Tom

Best MUCUGL to date!

I’d be lying if I said that comments like “Best MUCUGL to date” (from a regular attendee) didn’t make it all worth it! 🙂

Thursday’s event was a resounding success and we were fortunate enough to have to have two guest speakers, Scott Brown (Worldwide Director for Lync Enterprise Voice from Microsoft) was in town and spent some time talking about the success story that Microsoft Lync is – including how Lync voice adoption was increasing at a rapid pace. Scott then touched on Microsoft’s priorities for FY13, which to no surprise now encompasses an increased focus on Cloud and Office 365.

Our second guest was Polycom’s product manager for Lync voice products (Open SIP and CX devices) – Vasudevan Krishnamurthy. The group were given an insight into Polycom’s Lync voice focus and future features/functionality.

Justin, Tom and I also delivered some sessions on Lync Mobility, Centralized Logging and Updates for Lync in Q1, (decks from the event are available below)

Thanks to those that came along, we look forward to seeing you at the next event on 25th July.

MUCUGL April 25th 2013: Lync 2013 New Features and New Toys

New blog post:

This April Microsoft UC User Group London is covering some new Lync 2013 features and some new toys.

First up Justin Morris will give a deep dive on the new Lync 2013 mobile client features and call flows/architecture, Want audio and video on your mobiles? Find out how.

Next Up Tom Arbuthnot who is going to give an overview and demos of the new Lync 2013 centralised logging features, we can now seamlessly log across all Lync servers for a specific user or workload, no more dashing between front ends starting and stopping the logging tool…

We’ll take a break for networking, then Adam Jacobs will give an overview of some new Polycom products and features for Lync, and a general update of a lot of great new community content and tools that have been released since our last community update. Lots of good stuff you should know about.

As usual, we’ll be heading to the pub after, we look forward to seeing you there.

Meeting is from 6pm on 25th April at Polycom EEC, near London Liverpool street station

Registration at eventbrite here

Polycom Executive Experience Center
69 Old Broad St
16th Floor – Dashwood House
Broadgate, London EC2
Great Britain

Full agenda below

Date: April 25th 2013 Title: Lync 2013 New Features and New Toys
Times Topics
18.00-18.30 – Lync Mobile Architecture Justin Morris presents detail on new Lync 2013 mobile clients and architecture
18.30-19.00 – Overview of Lync 2013 Centralised Logging Tom Arbuthnot dives into the new Lync Server 2013 Centralised Logging Feature
19.00-19.20 – (Networking) N/A
19.20-19.50 – New Polycom kit and Community and Tools Updates Adam Jacobs updates us on some new Polycom kit and the latest Lync tools and community updates
19.50-20.00 – Wrap Up and Close Close and head to the pub