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Lan based conferencing and collaboration software for windows

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I need a LAN based system for collaboration, training, and conferencing.  The primary features I need are desktop sharing and voice conference.  We would like to host internal training sessions and allow users to view the sessions from their desk and see the trainers desktop and listen to the presentation remotely.  We used Netmeeting for this with Windows XP, but there is no similar software included with Windows 7.  The new Microsoft solution is SharedView which is internet only.  I do not want to use my internet bandwidth for these meetings.  All the solutions I have found like SharedView, GoToMeeting, VYEW, etc work fine but require all the traffic use their internet server.  

I have tested Team Viewer which will work over the LAN and has the features I want but the license cost is prohibitively high for a small company.  

Your feedback and insight on this question is appreciated.
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You might want to look into Microsoft Lync 2010.
http://lync.microsoft.com

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Lync looks great and I will be doing more research into it for possible future implementation.  It looks to be a fairly major installation.  For right now I need something simple and easy to deploy, preferably without any server component.  The peer to peer functionality of NetMeeting was great and the applicaiton was really simple and easy to use.  I need something like that for training I need to complete this month.  Lync looks to be an excellent long term solution.
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I will close the question myself.  I am very dissapointed with the response from the community, but I will give joshbula credit for answering.  
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Thanks for the feedback on MS Lync.  I am not going to use that due to server requirements and cost.  I am really looking for a simple solution.
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Thanks for the credit, and I'm sorry you are disappointed with the response from the community.  Unfortunately, with the increase of internet-based solutions such as WebEx, Skype, and the ones you listed, local LAN based solutions for this such as NetMeeting are less in demand.  Lync is the evolution of NetMeeting, and I agree it's probably overkill in terms of price and features.  You may want to open up the possibility of using an internet-based solution.... WebEx and GoToMeeting both have free trials so you can test and see if it really is putting a strain on your internet bandwidth.
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