Friday, August 29, 2008

Our Demo Environment Rocks

Derrick and I are putting the finishing touches on our demo environment for our session at TechEd Australia.

It consists of two host PCs each with a Quad Core processor, a pair of 500GB drives configured in a RAID 0 array for speed and 8 GB of RAM.  These have Windows 2008 Server installed and are running Hyper-V.  Between them they host 9 virtual servers.  In addition to that we will be using a number of laptops as client machines.

If you come along you will see what OCS Edge Services can really do!  Remote User Access,  Federation, Web Conferencing and more.  This will be a demo not to be missed.  I can't wait!

We're launching a UC User Group at TechEd Next Week

Johann Kruse, Derrick Buckley, James McCutcheon, Dr. Neil and I are kicking off a new UC User Group at Tech Ed Australia next week. 

Johann has put up an initial post about the event on the group's blog.

If you work (or play) in Unified Communications, we are kicking off a new UC community next week at Tech.Ed in Sydney.

Come along and meet your peers in the industry, and see what we’re planning for the user-group.

This first session will be a meet & greet, and we will also present a roadmap of content in upcoming meetings.  Future meetings will be held at Microsoft in North Ryde, as well as via LiveMeeting.

So if you are going to be at TechEd then please come and join us at lunchtime on Thursday September 4th, from 1:15pm-2pm.  The room is still TBA but we'll keep you posted.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Speaking at TechEd Australia

I am going to be co-presenting a session on OCS Edge Services with my good friend and fellow MVP Derrick Buckley.  The session is on Friday the 5th of September at 11:45.  Here's the details.

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Office Communications Server 2007 Security: Architecture and Edge Services

One of the core value propositions for Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007, is the fact that unified communications can be used anywhere - at work, at home, or on the road. In this session, we discuss the edge aspects of OCS 2007 for voice, media conferencing, remote access, public internet connectivity and federation, along with the edge server roles. We discuss various edge server deployment topologies. We also discuss NAT and firewall traversal with discussion on how OCS 2007 uses ICE, STUN and TURN for audio and video.

If you are coming to TechEd in Sydney this year then make sure you get it in your session builder now!