This coming Monday (27th Feb) I’ll be down in Coventry presenting at NxtGenUG about Lync.

My official fluff for the event:

Lync – An introduction and how to get started

Lync is the latest generation of Microsoft’s real-time communication server. For those who haven’t used Lync before; it is designed to enhance collaboration and information sharing among workers by providing presence, instant messaging, online meeting spaces and voice/video calling. Think of it as “corporate” Live Messenger with knobs on. Lync also provides deep integration across the rest of Microsoft’s product suite including Office, SharePoint and Exchange.

Getting started with Lync can be a bit confusing on the first attempt as there are many different things to consider; resiliency requirements, external access, mobility, Reverse Proxy, DNS options, certificate names etc…

In this talk we’ll start with a high level overview of Lync’s features and then we’ll take a look in more detail at its main topologies, their requirements and how you can get started with your implement, either in a lab for development or live. You’ll be up and Lyncing in no time…!

Ben works as an Executive Infrastructure Consultant at Waterstons IT consultancy. Ben’s focus is on Microsoft enterprise products and technologies, including desktop management, security and Unified Comms. He has a particular interest in Lync and Microsoft’s UC offerings. Ben helps run NEBytes, an IT user group based in Newcastle. NEBytes run monthly events for both developers and IT Pro’s. Ben’s blog is at and is @Bibbleq on twitter.

If your interested in coming along you can find the register here & also in-case you missed it my slides from talking Lync Mobility at NEBytes is here.

See you on Monday(?!)