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Lync by LINK , Full Lab Setup at Microsoft Egypt premises

Posted by Mino on November 16, 2010

Last week we built Lab setup for Lync at Microsoft Egypt premises , Fady Eskander from our technical team in LINK Development was responsible for it and I was helping. The aim of this setup was to showcase Lync up and running fully featured but more from the end user  experience .

For this we simulated 6 different types of users , each on his desk with different endpoints even for the same user. I can tell you that whoever walked in that room to give it a try was really impressed and mostly with the wide range of endpoints and how flexible it is to just unplug and plug devices between different users … Yes Lync rocks and that’s a Fact .

I just thought to share with you some photos of the setup , excuse us if it was not yet clean but these shots were taken at the testing stage and not the final one 🙂

For our setup we used the following :

  • IBM Server ( 24 GB RAM ) , holding all VMs ( DC, Exchange, SQL , Lync FE , Lync Monitor, SharePoint)
  • 6 Notebooks ,for 6 types of users where each is on his desk
  • NET media gateway , VX1200 mainly for the SIP server built in on that box. we used SIP to register non Lync sip phones and also we used it for Nokia & Blackberry phones to make Wifi VOIP calls through SIP clients ( Ooooh that was really worth testing )
  • NET media gateway , Tenor AF mainly for FXS and FXO ports . we connected Old Analog phone ( my favorite Old Phone 🙂 )
  • Ericson PrimaCell gateway , this is a GSM gateway where u just put your mobile SIM card and connect it on FXO port. we used it to place inbound and outbound calls ( very useful for moving demos , u don’t need to ask the client for testing line )
  • Polycom Phones ( CX700 , CX500 , VVX ,RoundTable  )
  • Aastra Phone (6725ip)
  • Plantronics endpoints (Savi W430-M Bluetooth , Blackwire C420-M USB headset ,Calisto P420 USB speaker ,Calisto P210-M USB handset)
  • Jabra endpoints ( Jabra GO™ 6400 , Jabra GN9300e , Jabra M5390 )
  • Microsoft Web Cams ( HD Cams & 2MP Cams )

Now I can leave you with the photos

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This user got Polycom CX500 , also 2 Plantronics endpoints ( External Speaker ) , ( Bluetooth headset )

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This user got Aastra phone , Polycom ( RoundTable ) ,also connected to it Plantronics Savi W430-M( Bluetooth headset ) , ( Handset lifter ) Oooh that lifter really looked cool when you answer the calls through the Bluetooth headset it just lifts the handset up to pickup the call and once you finish it places it back down..

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This user simulated the call center agent , he is part of Lync response group which we created for helpdesk. as an agent he is using Polycom ( CX300 ) USB phone and connected to it is Plantronics Blackwire C420-M ( Headset )

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This user got Polycom ( CX700 ) touch screen phone with Lync firmware installed , also connected to it is Jabra GN9300e  (Bluetooth headset )

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This user is using Polycom Video phone ( VVX ) , this phone is not optimized to Lync usage however it is registered through SIP over the media gateway and also it can provide point to point video calls. The user also is using Plantronics Calisto P210-M ( USB handset )

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This is just to show you the round table on full screen , the quality is really great and I wanted so much to give it a try on Plazma screen.

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And Finally , the backstage setup with the Macaroni cables 🙂 . yes we all know that look and somehow we got used to it.

Lync launch is tomorrow and I am so excited for it just like all of you , cuz I know its gonna be a great year and we will definitely give hard time for Cisco and Avaya ….Booo 🙂

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Plantronics Strengthens Unified Communications Portfolio With Its First Phone Handset Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

Posted by Mino on February 5, 2009

New Wideband Handset Eases Unified Communications Adoption by Providing a Familiar Option to Professionals

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.Audio 1100M USB Handset Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator

SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwire – February 3, 2009) – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today expanded its growing portfolio of Unified Communication products Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator with the new wideband .Audio™ 1100M USB phone handset. Plantronics’ unified communication product portfolio also includes corded and wireless headsets, giving IT purchasers a broad selection of PC audio products as they deploy Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

The Plantronics .Audio 1100M USB phone handset is optimized for Office Communicator 2007 to provide the functionality of a familiar phone interface for business users adopting PC telephony. The .Audio 1100M features a standard, 10-key dial pad combined with call-answer and call-end keys, a visual ring indicator, a speakerphone activation key and ringer volume control. A headset jack is also available on the handset for users who want a hands-free option.

The Plantronics MCD 100 USB speakerphone, also announced today, is an option for those conducting group conference calls via Office Communicator 2007. It provides 360-degree room coverage so more than one person can participate in a PC-based audio conference. To achieve call clarity, the MCD 100 includes acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression and equalizer algorithms embedded within the product.

 Pricing and Availability

All Optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator Plantronics products are now available and may be purchased through authorized Plantronics resellers. The .Audio 1100M, a USB phone handset, has an MSRP of $79.00. The MCD 100, a USB speakerphone, has an MSRP of $179.00. Announced in September 2008, the .Audio 630M, a multi-purpose binaural headset featuring stereo, has an MSRP of $49.95. The .Audio 615M, a monaural headset, has an MSRP of $44.95. The SupraPlus Wideband USB monaural noise canceling headset has a MSRP of $169.00.

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