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Ken Lasko
Works at Buchanan Associates
Attended University of Guelph
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Large Scale Extension Dialing in Lync
I was recently working a pretty large Enterprise Voice deployment that had more than a hundred sites located around the world. Every site used DIDs for their users phone numbers, but wanted to be able to reach every other site using a 3-digit site code, plu...
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Out of the Gutter: The Ken Lasko Story, Part 3, Part I
Part 3, Part I - Tech Support Hijinks In the spring of '94, I went to a local job fair to look for a summer job that was different than working at the 1 hour photo lab as I had done previous summers. After browsing a while, and leaving my resume at a few pl...
Part 3, Part I - Tech Support Hijinks In the spring of '94, I went to a local job fair to look for a summer job that was different than working at the 1 hour photo lab as I had done previous summers. After browsing a while, a...
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Out of the Gutter...The Ken Lasko Story, Part 1
I've really gotten a kick out of reading people's IT backstories on their blogs, so I thought I'd add mine in.  This will be much like the Twilight and Hunger Games film series.  There will be 3 parts, but the third part will be broken up into Part I and Pa...
I've really gotten a kick out of reading people's IT backstories on their blogs, so I thought I'd add mine in.  This will be much like the Twilight and Hunger Games film series.  There will be 3 parts, but the third part will...
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Adventures in Normalization
One of the things that differentiate Lync from its competitors is its reliance on 3rd party peripherals like deskphones. This is often touted as a Good Thing , since you're not locked into a single vendor for phones. Phones from single-vendor solutions are ...
One of the things that differentiate Lync from its competitors is its reliance on 3rd party peripherals like deskphones. This is often touted as a Good Thing, since you're not locked into a single vendor for phones. Phones fr...
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The Importance of Lync Location Policies
Lync Location Policies are used to specify how to deal with emergency calls originating from Lync clients.  Quite a bit has been written about location policies and how they are used in E911 emergency dialing scenarios (for a few examples, see  Technet  or ...
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Lync Enterprise Voice Misconceptions #2 - External Access Prefixes
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of these details in parts of my OTH...
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of ...
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Out of the Gutter: The Ken Lasko Story, Part 3, Part II
One day in the late 1990's, I got a call from an old co-worker from my Microsoft days asking me if I wanted to help out on a 3-month long consulting job for the provincial government managing their Microsoft Mail 3.5 system. I told him that I've never even ...
One day in the late 1990's, I got a call from an old co-worker from my Microsoft days asking me if I wanted to help out on a 3-month long consulting job for the provincial government managing their Microsoft Mail 3.5 system. ...
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Out of the Gutter...The Ken Lasko Story, Part 2
Part 2 - Higher Learning Through most of high school, I was a solid C student. I did the minimum effort required to get by without raising the ire of my parents or teachers. I was more focused on having fun without giving much thought to the future. It was ...
Part 2 - Higher Learning Through most of high school, I was a solid C student. I did the minimum effort required to get by without raising the ire of my parents or teachers. I was more focused on having fun without giving muc...
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Service Number Formatting in Lync
I recently had the distinct pleasure of engaging the Lync community via Twitter to ask how many people normalized their service and emergency numbers to include a plus sign (+). I asked this question because I had come across a couple of SIP providers in bo...
I recently had the distinct pleasure of engaging the Lync community via Twitter to ask how many people normalized their service and emergency numbers to include a plus sign (+). I asked this question because I had come across...
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Adventures in Normalization
One of the things that differentiate Lync from its competitors is its reliance on 3rd party peripherals like deskphones. This is often touted as a Good Thing , since you're not locked into a single vendor for phones. Phones from single-vendor solutions are ...
One of the things that differentiate Lync from its competitors is its reliance on 3rd party peripherals like deskphones. This is often touted as a Good Thing, since you're not locked into a single vendor for phones. Phones fr...
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Lync Enterprise Voice Misconceptions #3 - Inter-trunk Routing
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of these details in parts of my OTH...
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of ...
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Lync Enterprise Voice Misconceptions #2 - External Access Prefixes
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of these details in parts of my OTH...
During my travels across the Lync Enterprise Voice landscape, I come across numerous Lync deployments that make some fundamental mistakes in how to manage phone numbers, call routing and other details.  I've covered a lot of ...
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I'm the Lync Product Master at Event Zero and a Lync MVP. My specialties (surprise, surprise) include Lync and Exchange. I worked at Microsoft a long, long LONG time ago as a support tech, and am pretty sure they installed a chip in my skull during one of the awesome parties they had back then. To give you an idea on how long ago I worked at MS, the first product I supported was MS-DOS 6.2! I moved on to greener pastures shortly after Windows 95 hit the scene, but still look back with fondness at those carefree days. I can be contacted via email at klasko@lyncoptimizer.com.
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  • University of Guelph
    Computer Science, 1990 - 1995
  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
    1985 - 1990
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