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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 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)

Sample Lync Persistent Chat Archive Report

After receiving multiple requests for a way to report on Lync Persistent Chat Archive Data (from the mgccomp Compliance database) I decided to create this sample report. One problem with querying for this data directly from the mgccomp database is that the Persistent Chat rooms aren't listed by name and the Messages are in RTF format. This sample report will take care of all the data conversion and put that data into a presentable report. Currently this sample report will only work against Lync 2013 Persistent Chat Archiving data in the mgcomp database.     Current Features ·   ... (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 Outlook Plugin updates

With the release of the Lync 2013 August 2014 client updates it looks like the Outlook plugin logic was updated. You will notice now if you update an existing or create a new Lync meeting within outlook you will get the message in Figure 1 before closing it. Figure 1: Lync meeting warning: Please send this meeting invite before joining the meeting. Otherwise, the meeting could end abruptly if you close the invite. It looks like this update in plugin logic is tied to this KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2981753. Nice to see something to assist end users in updating meetings w... (more)