Tag Archive: Lync


I recently dropped my web hosting provider in favour of hosting my site at home (I already have the server infrastructure, and now I have a fairly reliable 80/20 internet service). However, I was not yet ready to host my own nameserver / DNS. So I went hunting for a free service. It took some time but eventually I found http://www.geoscaling.com

I got my A records, CNAME records and MX record configured with ease but couldn’t quite figure out the SRV records (I was trying to enter the port into the ttl/priority boxes, which looked ok in the records table but didn’t seem to function properly). I was able to check using NSLOOKUP.

Open a command prompt and type

nslookup
set type=all
_sip._tls.domain.tld

You should then see an answer as below:

If the SRV record isn’t configured correctly you will see a message: Non-existent domain as above.

Here is a screenshot of how you correctly enter the SRV record in the geoscaling web interface:

b797b185 c953 4bca a5aa 76b572ebbe17

fd7920c2 8599 4bf7 9d87 aa007925b548

872d86ce c5db 441d 9c22 e006e0ab498a

Office 365

I was previously using 4Smartphone to provide my hosted exchange server but read an article about Microsoft’s oferring: Microsoft¬†Office 365, so thought i best take a look!

I have been trialling the product for just under a month and have decided to purchase a license! In short- Office365 encompasses a lot more than just hosted exchange (lync/ocs, sharepoint etc) and the cost is less than 4Smartphone (£4/month vs. $11.95/month).

The mailbox migration was really straightforward: I simply exported a .pst file using Outlook 2010 (connected to 4Smartphone) then imported the same .pst file in Outlook 2010 whilst connected to Office365.

Lync (what used to be OCS) seems to work well and allows federation with other companies, hosted or otherwise.

Give it a try!

L

%d bloggers like this: