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I’m just at the end of my LyncConf14 journey with this post which is a wrap up of the days, at the Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Conference it self lasted for 2 ½ day – with sessions from 8:30 to 17:30 each day – last day to 12:00.

After my opinion it could easily have been one more day with all the great sessions that was scheduled.

My main sessions was Lync Enterprise Voice and Lync video and best practices around that and how to troubleshoot quality issues.

Most of these sessions was really great and learning full and I defiantly have something to work with, at my customers to make sure they get the best quality in their Lync experience.

Two of the sessions was around the CQM (Call Quality Methodology) which is a best practices and troubleshooting framework created by Microsoft.

CQM is a holistic way to systematically define and assert call quality based upon the methods outlined in the Networking Guide. CQM divides a Lync implementation into ten discrete areas that impact quality, defining targets and a remediation plan for each one. CQM is a framework to tackle call quality problems – you can modify or extend it to address the particular conditions on your network.

Below is some useful resources which is used by CQM:

Lync Networking Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39084

Lync Call Quality Methodology poster: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41698

Key Health Indicators: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41697

CQM Scorecard: http://aka.ms/h29twl

Great picture that shows way it is difficult to troubleshoot quality issues – just one arrow needs to have a poor connection before everybody is affected.

Another great session was with Mike Jorden, from Microsoft which was telling about Microsoft experience with Large Meetings in Lync, and how to handle them. It’s always nice to meet a person which actually knows what he is talking about – and the session was very learning full – It’s an area which are not quite so good documented.

At the Keynote it was “revealed” that Microsoft is working on “perhaps” new technology to handle large meeting with 2000 or more users – it will be exciting to see what they come up with and when.

The greatest disappointment with the conference was the lack of news for the future updates to Lync. Many others and myself have really hoped that we would get some more detail on what it going to happen with Lync and when.

But I have been in the TAP programs before and know that it’s not allowed to tell anything before it actually happens – that is just the game.

The conference ended with a big party at the Hakassan Night club in MGM Grand Hotel. Below are some pictures from the party.

The Nerds are dancing J

A lot of LOVE with LYNC

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