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post #1 of 9 Old Apr 24th, 2013, 6:00 am Thread Starter
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What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

I arrived home from STC Sunday afternoon, after a relaxing and very enjoyable weekend in the mountains with friends.

Starting Monday morning at O-Dark-Thirty, I began the process of migrating our company off of a PBX and on to Microsoft Lync, which took until late Monday evening to complete, and work out any kinks in the system.

Then I worked through the Federation of our Lync system with Office 365 early Tuesday morning, and migrated the company off of our single Exchange server to Microsoft Office 2010.

So now our email is housed in 5 geographically disbursed Microsoft Data Centers.

Now I'm rolling our a Sharepoint site for one of our customers to retrieve their test data, any time they want.

Been stepping & fetching for 48 hours straight, I need to go for a ride...

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Re: What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

I'm not sure what you just said but, it sounds like "you need to go for a ride".

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Re: What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

Welcome to the cloud, Dave. Soon everything will be everywhere unless something goes wrong, then it will be unavailable.

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Re: What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

If you had posted all that in English, what would it have said?
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Re: What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

Sorry for the geek-speak

Lync is Microsoft's Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone system, which has Internet messaging, video conferencing, desktop sharing, file transfer and Presence status all in one small app. It works really well and you don't have to have a phone to use it, a simple headset connected to your laptop works great.

Office 365 is Microsoft's Cloud offering of Office and the suite of tools associated with it.

I decided to use Office 365's Exchange email services as they are replicated across multiple remote data centers, instead of our single Exchange server we have on-site, as it is a single point of failure.

I've been systematically addressing all of the single-points-of-failure in our IT infrastructure by building in and adding redundant key pieces of network hardware.

i.e. We have two Internet Service Providers, connected to dual/redundant firewalls, connected to redundant core network switches, with redundant domain controllers and redundant Active Directory servers.

I've moved all of our key servers from physical stand-alone servers to redundant VMWare servers, located in separate IT rooms at our various locations as well as a third party data center.

What it boils down to is, that as long as we have Internet access, we are in business and up & working.

Again, sorry for the geek-speak, but you asked!
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Re: What a whirl wind - the last 48 hours

My company switched over to Lync a while back and if I could have it at home I would, so much better than a phone words cannot describe. I do a lot of remote conversations with my projects located around the Western half of the country and so easy to see if they are available rather than calling only to get VM, and sharing files, screen etc is a snap.

SharePoint is a colossal PITA on the other hand, getting annoyed just typing its name.

Sounds like you do need a ride, the more I think about SP the more I think I need one too

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On my way out the door for a ride, right now..............however, I have invested in a 3 dollar mirror to fit in my pocket, and have been brushing up on my Morse Code...........It's time for me to get back out of the office for the season................



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SharePoint is a colossal PITA on the other hand, getting annoyed just typing its name.
I'm rolling right along on SharePoint, cranking out customer portals for sharing test data with the customers.

SP on 365 is sweet, but be sure to download SharePoint Designer.
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I'm rolling right along on SharePoint, cranking out customer portals for sharing test data with the customers.

SP on 365 is sweet, but be sure to download SharePoint Designer.
I should have clarified, I'm not on the developer end, I am on the user end and from that side SharePoint is a freaking nightmare, I call is ScarePoint. Of course our IT department is about as capable as a group of turd-slinging monkeys so that may have something to do with how miserable it is.

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