Today, January 26th 2023, I hit a huge milestone. 2 000 000 views since I started blogging in 2009. msunified.net has been the home for me to share technical nuggets about Exchange, OCS, Lync, Skype for Business, Teams and Microsoft 365 for over 13 years. I have even shared productivity tips which has culminated in to my Digital Wellbeing thinking. I want to reflect and share my 10 all time most visited blogposts, my 5 favorited blogposts, some external articles I have written and share what I am working on these days.
If you have found any of my articles useful at some point, give this article or the social media post you found this through a like 👍 :)
Plus a couple Microsoft Ignite session reviews on the Teams blog
Office 365 for IT Pros
For four years, between 2018 and 2022, I contributed to the calling and meetings chapter for Office 365 for IT Pros. I strongly believe in that format, because it gets updated monthly😱 Tony Redmond heads up that book and the author team does a fantastic job of keeping you up do date on best practices and technical facts in Office 365. Blogposts are seldom kept up to date and that is why you have seen less blogposts here these years, since they get outdated faster than you can type :) I recommend you go and buy a subscribtion to Office 365 for IT Pros right now👍
msunified.net moving forward and what I am currently working on
Do I think blogposts are still worth it today? yes and no. No for “how to” blogposts because learn.microsoft.com is so much better than Microsoft documentation has ever been. Maybe you would rather suggest a change to the learn article if you find information missing. Yes when you want to share a routine, script, your understanding and design principles. I would say no to opinion pieces on a personal blog, maybe you want to share those on LinkedIn or a third party blogsite
These days I work mainly in two areas
Digital Wellbeing and working smart with Microsoft 365 combined with Microsoft Viva
I published 8 hours of deep dive training for free on YouTube which are indexed here
I run workshops, proof of concepts and talk at conferences about Microsoft Viva
I am part of the #VivaExplorers an enthusiastic gang of over 60 MVPs who bring their own angle in to the broad world of Microsoft Viva thought leadership and understanding.
Complex hybrid deployment for Exchange/Skype for Business/Teams
I see larger more complex and risk averse companies stretching or migrating to Microsoft 365
In those more locked down environments we need to be more precise in knowing what works and how
These past years i have spent a lot of time as advisor and hands-on with hybrid Exchange solving problems like free/busy, Autodiscover, oauth, hybrid modern auth, Outlook Mobile and making sure nothing is more open than it should be, some of it resulted in this blogpost and I might blog more about troubleshooting these scenarios
Same for hybrid Skype for Business, but that is easier than hybrid Exchange, if you have gone down the route and set up a proper Edge server topology :)
Make sure you check out my YouTube channel to get my latest videos and talks I do that other channels shares
This works on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Lync and Skype for Business desktop clients. Requires administrative rights to your computer. If you are interested in setting Microsoft Teams status, check out how to set the custom Focusing status blogpost
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could change your presence state in Skype for Business to match you current task such as busy in a Workshop, Do Not Disturb in a Pomodoro Sprint or Away Getting Coffee?
Turns out, you can by creating an XML file and adding a setting in your local registry. How? The easy way is to download my script, change the custom presences that is predefined in the script and run it.
May 2015 I had the honor to talk at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago. That was great fun and 300 showed up at my session about how to save time by automating phone number management in Skype for Business Server. Before this talk I released a new scritp called Get-SfBNumbers.ps1 which you can download and find more information about at http://SfBNumbers.net. Look for more Enterprise Voice tips and scripts at that site, and I will in time blog about examples for how to use the script.
I had a great time attending Microsoft Ignite, lots of networking and I got to attend some great sessions with interesting content. We also did a live recording of The UC Architects podcast with Jamie Stark joining us. Check out some images at the bottom of this blogpost
First off, thanks to all who have visited msunified.net and given feedback to the blogposts. I am stoked that my blog msunified.net now has more than 1,000,000 hits. Since I started blogging in 2009 it has been the place where I post my notes from the field, collections of links and Thoughts on UC.
People are still installing Exchange on Server 2008 R2 :)
The old blogposts from 2010 are still relevant
Twitter is a relevant platform to reach out to my audience as it is number three all time source for visitors
The type of article that drives recurring hits are
the ones that solves a specific problem
articles explaining how stuff works
I also use this blog as a landing page for all my content, but articles like this one will not drive much recurring users, but helps me communicate my thoughts in a better format than the 140 characters on Twitter :)
I always try to remember to blog solutions I find to strange problems, typically the solution was tips from multiple sources and by collecting them and describing how I solved the problem is a good blogpost, and will help others having the same problem.
The amount of hits really motivates me to continue share my experiences as an IT-PRO with solutions to problems, but also highlighting not so mainstream knowledge like I do in my LyncPro Tips series and Thoughts on UC YouTube series. Thank you for your continued support :)
On December 23 2014 msunified.net reached 1,000,000 views!
January 19-22 I am running a 4 day Lync High Availability and Disaster Recovery Deep Dive class in Oslo, Norway. The focus of the class is to get a deep understanding of the concepts and features of how a highly available Lync deployment works. I am running the class together with my colleague at Knowledge Factory, Morten Enger, to ensure that the hands on labs run smoothly and that the content have hight quality.
Here is an overview of the content we are focusing on. Each day starts with a deep dive in to how stuff works and then the rest of they day will be spent in the custom made lab setup.
Day 1 – SLA, Disaster recovery and high availability concepts deep dive and initial lab setup
Day 2 – Configure and experience the effects of Disaster Recovery hands-on labs
Day 3 – Configure High Availability using KEMP load balancers, SQL Server mirroring and redundant SIP Trunks hands-on labs
Day 4 – Experience the effects of High Availability during production and maintenance hands-on labs
The goal of the class is that attendees will experience how failover and disaster scenarios behave on server level and for end-users. After completing this class the students will be able to tune their own environment and decide how to best implement DR or HA for Lync environments.
All the content will be created in english and if we have english speaking students, the class will be delivered in english.
This fall I had the honour of talking at TechEd Barcelona and TechDays Sweden about how to Succeed with Lync, BYOD and WiFi. This is a topic I am quite passionate about since it affects end-user experience. I believe that this is THE key focus areas for a successful Lync deployment. There is a saying that we as consultant, technicians and System Integrators always succeed with implementing the technology, but that does not mean the business are succeeding. Continue reading →
As an Information Worker I am passionate about productivity and finding techniques, equipment and devices that may make me more productive.
In this YouTube video I touch upon productivity from a personal perspective and business perspective
About Thoughts on UC YouTube series
I want to share mye ideas on what I considers to be the defining elements to a successful UC rollout.The goal is to get people thinking by hightlighting important topics in and around UC deployment and adoption phases.
“Productivity, Chance Favors the Connected Mind”
The Pomodoro Technique and how I use it with Lync and PowerShell