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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)

Announcing Zero Day, the Novel!

You’ve seen the news if you’re my friend on Facebook , follow me on Twitter , or subscribe to the Sysinternals blog : I’m proud to announce that my first novel, a cyberthriller entitled Zero Day , is due to be published by St. Martin’s Press in mid-March...(read more ) ... (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 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 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)