Archives October 2010

Hosted Lync Pilot including Voice – Free trial for 60 days!

If you are at all into Unified Communications then you will have heard of Lync 2010. The new replacement for Office Communication Server 2007 R2 (OCS) which is now available as a Release Candidate and will ship soon.

Given that Lync has a huge amount of functionality, ranging from simple instant messaging to being a complete PBX and conferencing system, getting a “simple trial” underway may be daunting for some.

It is for this reason that Microsoft UK has worked with one of our UC Partners, PostCTI, to make available a fully featured trial which is hosted and free for 60 days.

Now if you don’t have the time, equipment or experience to get your own pilot going, you can sign up for this new hosted pilot and get a full 60 days to try all the features of Lync including the telephony pieces!

To sign up go here:

When you sign up use the Promo Code – MSUCC.

I hope this gets you excited about the possibilities in Lync. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss how Lync could work for your business.



Friday Tips and Links #2

So much for weekly Friday posts! It’s only been, well ages since the last one.

Anyhow, here are a few more short snippets that might be useful.


1. OCS 2007 R2 has the capability to do Hi-Def video however, it only works with a Quad core machine. Thankfully there is something you can try if you have a high powered machine with only two cores.

Create the following:





2. As with Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 allows for a trial install to be carried out without the need for license keys. It turns out that this trial doesn’t expire.

No loss of functionality will occur when the Trial Edition expires, so you can maintain lab, demo, training, and other non-production environments beyond 120 days without having to reinstall the Trial Edition of Exchange 2010.


3. One final one, although there will be a solution to use Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2010 SP1 archiving, the required patch isn’t out yet.