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Richard Schwendiman

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Recently I have been involved in a couple of projects which required both Lync EV and Exchange UM. In order to do some testing I needed to get some kind of PBX into my lab environment. After searching the internet I found a ton of information but not a single source that showed all the "correct" implementation steps. This is what I hope to provide in this series. I decided that it would probably be too much for a single blog so I am going to break it up into 3. This series will contain the following articles: Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 1 - this will describe how to get AsteriskNOW configured with local PBX extensions. This will allow us to utilize softphones to call between PBX users. Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 2 - next we need to tie our new PBX into the Lync 2013 infrastructure. This will i... (more)

Lync 2013 mobile client iPhone 5S (IOS 7) Video Issue

I was recently working with a customer and they asked if I had heard anything about Lync 2013 mobility client video being garbled on iPhone 5s with IOS 7 (see below). At the time I hadn't but after some research found that other customers were experiencing the same issue. I wanted to confirm this was an issue with some of my customers and sure enough it happened on every iPhone 5s with IOS 7 and the Lync 2013 mobile client. This is known by Microsoft and has been escalated to our SEE's for further investigation. This seems to be speicifc to the iPhone 5s because I have tested iPh... (more)

Lync 2013 Client Updates (November 2013) (15.0.4551.1005)

This update fixes the Presence status from Exchange not updating that appeared in the September updates. There are also other significant fixes which are listed below. You can read more about the updates and download them here (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2825630).  This update fixes the following issues: 2907820 - Inconsistent format and duplicate telephone numbers are displayed in a contact card in Lync 2013 2898888 - Lync 2013 crashes when an RCC-enabled user signs in 2898886 - "Presence unknown" status for a contact in a federated environment or a different front-end pool... (more)

Lync 2013 Delegates Pt.1 (Non Lync Enterprise Voice enabled delegation)

Lately I have seen some confusion around delegates between Exchange and Lync that I wanted to help clear up. The unknown variable seems to be whether the user needs to be enabled for Enterprise Voice within Lync to setup Exchange delegates. Exchange delegates within Lync can be setup regardless of whether or not the user is Enterprise Voice enabled but there are gotcha's that admins need to know. In this first part we will talk about Non-EV users setting up delegates and in the second part we will look at the same experience when delegating users are EV enabled. Delegator is not... (more)

Lync 2013 High Availability deep dive: Architecture

With the release of Lync 2013 the story of high availability has changed significantly. Since these changes contain some new technologies I think it would be best to break this article out into multiple parts. For this first part, we will discuss the Architecture and that will be followed by the end user experience. There is a lot to discuss so let's get started. Windows Fabric One of the major changes is how Lync provides highly available services with a pool. In Lync 2010 this responsibility was handled by Cluster Manager. With Lync 2013 we now leverage the Windows Fabric to p... (more)