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Pat Richard

Pat Richard

I have been working with messaging environments since the MS Mail days, and spend a majority of my time designing and implementing enterprise messaging solutions based around Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Lync. Complex migrations and implementations, as well as large-scale upgrades, are my specialty. I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP award for Lync Server, and have been awarded 6 times for Exchange Server for my contributions to the Exchange community.

A published author, I continue to be active online, assisting others with Exchange and Lync related issues.

Outside of Exchange & Lync, I enjoy all things technology. I live in the Southeast part of Michigan, but travel extensively for work.


I’m the UC Automation Lead for Modality Systems, a Microsoft Partner. At this time, I’m not looking for any new employment opportunities.


I do independent consulting from time to time. Primarily based in the Greater Detroit, Michigan area. If you have a UC related project (Lync, Exchange, etc), information about my services can be found at http://www.innervation.com/.

Social Media & Forums

Check me out on Twitter (@patrichard), LinkedIn, Microsoft. Tons of info at those links. As a general rule, I don’t accept friend or link requests from people I don’t know. Otherwise, the list gets unmanageable. I’m also the moderator of the Exchange and Lync forums at http://www.powershell.org/, and a regular contributor to the Exchange, Lync, and Windows forums at http://www.tek-tips.com, as well as being on their advisory board.


I’m a contributing author on the following Exchange related books:

I’ve also written articles for other web sites, including Petri IT Knowledgebase.


I’m one of two hosts of the popular The UC Architects podcast, a bi-weekly audio podcast on all things Microsoft UC. The podcast includes a group of ~15 UC architects including MVPs and MCMs and frequent guests from the industry. We average over 10,000 downloads per episode.

  1. Dan Jacobs
    September 25th, 2011 at 17:22 | #1

    I am looking for a Microsoft Exchange Users Group somewhere in Michigan. I have been working with Exchange since version 5.5 (but skipped Exchange 2007). The closest MS Exchange user group I have found on the Internet is in Chicago.

    Any ideas?

  2. Pat Richard
    September 25th, 2011 at 20:34 | #2

    There used to be one at the Southfield MS offices a while back, but I’m not sure if it still meets there. I know a bunch of people who work there and can ask. I wouldn’t mind seeing something that was UC related, tying Exchange and Lync groups together.

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