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The Twelve Days of Lync’mas: Introduction

The Twelve Days of Christmas

John Denver and The Muppets
I am sure you are familiar with the old holiday tune, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  My favorite rendition as a child was by John Denver and the Muppets.  We had the record- yes, actual vinyl- and would play it over and over again while decorating the Christmas tree.  Growing up, I never really knew what was meant by The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Was it the twelve days prior to Christmas?  The twelve days following Christmas?  Some random number of twelve days in the month of December?  Who knew?  As a kid, the only counting I was doing in December was the number of days left until Christmas Day.
While brainstorming ideas for blog posts, I came up with the idea of borrowing the “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but turning it into…. “The Twelve Days of Lync’mas!”  Original, huh?  No one ever accused me of being a terribly creative writer.  Embarking upon this blogging adventure, I thought it might be time that I know the origin of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas From Wikipedia:

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning Christmas Day. This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide. The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions, the first day of Epiphany (6 January) and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap.

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So there you have it, the Twelve Days of Christmas are the twelve days following Christmas Day.  That kind of deflated my blogging brainstorm, since I wanted to do the twelve days prior to Christmas Day.  Not to be deterred, I decided to break from tradition and as a Christmas present to you, “The Twelve Days of Lync’mas” will be a blog post per day for the twelve business days leading up to Christmas Day.  This series of posts will be a team effort with some of my colleagues – Keenan CrockettJason Sloan and Matt McGillen – joining the festivities and writing a post or two.

Scott Middlebrooks Keenan Crockett Jason Sloan Matt McGillen
@spmiddlebrooks @keenancrockett @Jason_D_Sloan @MattMcGillen


This series of blog postings should be fun.  I hope you’ll follow us through the entire series starting on Monday December 10th or better yet, join the conversation:  post your comments, thoughts and/or questions and we’ll do our best to respond before the Holidays.


Happy Holidays!

Article Index:

Day Date Topic Author
1 12/10 Media Gateway Scott Middlebrooks
2 12/11 Paired Front End Pools Matt McGillen
3 12/12 SQL Server Database Mirroring Scott Middlebrooks
4 12/13 Lync Enterprise Voice & Overhead Paging Best Practices Keenan Crockett
5 12/14 Lync Devices Matt McGillen
6 12/17 Lync Architecture and the Hex Core CPU Scott Middlebrooks
7 12/18 Lync Edge – Best Practices for Public IP Addresses Scott Middlebrooks
8 12/19 Windows 8 Surface RT and Lync RT Matt McGillen
9 12/20 9 Weeks until Lync Conference 2013 Scott Middlebrooks
10 12/21 Lync Internal Servers Jason Sloan
11 12/24 UC Resources – web sites, blogs and social media Keenan Crockett
12 12/25 Lync Support for Windows 2012 & SQL 2012 Scott Middlebrooks
About the Author

I am a Senior Technical Architect within the Microsoft practice at Perficient. In this role, I am responsible for strategy, delivery, operations, and technical sales support aspects of enterprise infrastructure projects, especially Microsoft Unified Communications projects. I have extensive experience in traditional telephony, voice over IP, network design and architecture, systems engineering and infrastructure security. Prior to joining Perficient, I served as the Chief Information Officer at Northridge. Northridge was a leading Microsoft consultancy based in Atlanta, Georgia and was acquired by Perficient in July of 2012. I posses several Microsoft Certifications including: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on both the Windows NT 4.0 platform as well as the Windows Server 2003 platform, Microsoft Certified Technology Professional for Lync and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Virtualization. I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, GO DAWGS! In my time away from the office I enjoy time with my family and friends, UGA football, anything aviation related and I love cooking, especially on my Big Green Egg!

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