Resources for TechEd Europe session on Lync & Certificates (OFC-B311)

These are the websites mentioned in my TechEd Europe session about Lync & Certificates.   Troubleshooting tools: Troubleshooting TLS1.2 and Certificate Issue with Microsoft Message Analyzer: A Real World Example Fiddler Microsoft Message Analyzer Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools Msdiagnostics: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg132374(v=office.12).aspx Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer: https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/   Troubleshooting scenario’s: Event IDs 32402, 61045 are… Read More »

How to automatically add contacts to the Lync contact list.

The best contact list is created by the user themselves, but sometimes customers ask for a pre-populated Lync contact list. The only fully by Microsoft supported solution uses the team members from AD and adds them as contacts to a user’s contact list with “Set-CsPrivacyConfiguration -Identity Global -AutoInitiateContact $True”, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2801016. You can also use Exchange… Read More »

What is a Session Border Controller (SBC) and Do I Need It? (repost)

This article has been published before on the now deprecated NextHop. I still get a lot of responses, so reposting to ensure that is stays available.   This article discusses the functionality of Session Border Controllers, including scenarios where they can be used and how they can be implemented.   A Session Border Controller (SBC) can be used… Read More »

Lync Phone Edition August 2014 Update – Phone Lock specifics.

Microsoft has released an update for the Lync Phone Edition phones, “August 2014 Cumulative Update for Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600, and Polycom CX3000 (KB2988181)”: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2988181. Aastra, HP, CX700/8540 updates are also available. This will also change the lock behaviour on phones, as per “The lock feature does not prevent users from… Read More »

Lync Network Readiness Training

How does the network impact Lync, and how does Lync impact the network? That is important to know before you start deploying Lync. To prepare for this, Microsoft has recently released Course 20335, Lync Network Readiness Assesment. This course helps to prepare for  the exam 74-335: Network Readiness and Assessment for Lync, part of the… Read More »

Ready for Lync Conference!

Happy to be at LyncConf next week with two sessions, an instructor led lab, Deploying and Configuring Lync Edge Server 2013 http://www.lyncconf.com/SessionDetail.aspx?id=11625 and What’s new in Partner Hosting http://www.lyncconf.com/SessionDetail.aspx?id=9458. The Partner Hosting session will provide an overview of the options for Partner hosting, best practices and recent developments. Microsoft’s Roy King and Clinton Dickey are available… Read More »

Check out the new Lync Solutions Catalog

The Lync Solutions Catalog comes with a hardware and an apps section. This provides an easier to view and navigate overview of qualified devices and apps compared to the interop site. Check it out at: http://catalog.lync.com/en-us/index.aspx

Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide now online.

The Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide is now part of the Technet Library. This makes maintenance easier, so we will probably see some updates soon. Right now the hardware requirements are still based on Lync 2010, the correct information can be found here.

Updated Lync Voice training

I have extended the M20337 (Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013) that I will be delivering for Global Knowledge (Belgium and Netherlands) to include the most recent voice additions to Lync such as Location Based Routing and Group Call Pickup. We will also cover Session Border Controller and Voice Gateway functionality, and how… Read More »

Lync Right Start Kit on MPN

Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) has some excellent Lync resources. For example the Lync Right Start kit, part of the Lync accelerate framework. In the Lync Right Start Kit you will find: Lync business value assessment tool Unified Communications strategy workshop Lync technical briefing Network readiness workshop Lync pilot success kit Lync 2010 and Lync 2013 bandwidth calculator Lync… Read More »