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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 Persistent Chat HA\DR Deep Dive Pt. 2

In part 1 of this blog we discussed the architecture and design of Lync 2013 pChat HA\DR components. Now we will discuss how this design behaves with various failures within a Lync infrastructure. These different failure scenarios are based off our Disaster Recovery diagram from part 1 (Figure 1). We will cover the following failure scenarios: Lync Front End Pool failure Complete Site Failure pChat Pool failure Site Recovery   Scenario 1A: Lync FE Pool failure (Figure 1) Figure 1: EEPool1 fails in East Datacenter In this scenario our Front End Pool (EEPool1) in the East Datacent... (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)

Lync 2013 Client March 2014 Update (CU5) packages released!!

Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Lync 2013. This update provides the latest fixes for Lync 2013. This update version is 15.0.4569.1508. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863908/en-us Prerequisites To install this Lync 2013 update, make sure that the following updates are installed. UpdateDownload Link MSO (KB2727096) Download the 32-bit MSO update package now. Download the 64-bit MSO update package now. MSORES (KB2817624) Download the 32-bit MSORES update package now. Download the 64-bit MSORES update package now. IDCRL (KB2817626) Download the 32-bit IDCRL update pac... (more)

Lync 2013 Client June Update and Security Updates (15.0.4623.1000)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2850074 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881013 This update resolves the following issue: 2962975 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2962975/ ) Lync 2013 starts and prompts you for credentials when you join meeting without account that is provisioned for Lync 2013 Additionally, this update also resolves the following issues: Note To resolve the following issues, after you install update 2850074, you must install the security update 2881013: 2881013 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881013/ ) MS14-036: Description of the security update for Microsoft... (more)