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Richard Schwendiman

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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 w...
In the first part of this article we discussed delegation within Lync and Outlook\Exchange when the user was not enabled for Enterprise Voice (EV). Now we will explore what that process looks like if the Delegator (Manager) is EV enabled.  I will also create a part 3 as per reques...
Prerequisites Lync 2013 clients must be on the November 2013 Updates (15.0.4551.1005)   Deployment and Configuration Environment – Lync 2013 Client with August 2013 updates and Lync 2013 Server (January 2014 updates)   This option is not enabled by default with...
The  Lync Server 2013 Server Update CU5 has been released. Below are some of the fixes that are in this CU. The link to the actual documentation is also below. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2809243 2967621 - Error 404 when Lync phones sign in to Lync Server 2013 front-end serve...
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...
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 fo...
I was recently working with a customer that was having problems with running CLS logging. When we ran any of the CLS commands we would get the error message below. We found that we would need to "Reset" the CLS configuration and see if that resolved the issue, which it did....
Announcing the release of Lync for Mac 14.0.9! Here are some of the issues addressed within 14.0.9 (Please read the release KB for more information): •             Substantial improvement in Desktop Sharing (~10x throug...
Issues that the update fixes This update resolves the following issues: 2961173 - Incorrect emoticons in a conversation after you install Office 2013 SP1 or a later version of Lync 2013 2961174 - Update reports NMOS in QoE for calls between Lync 2013 and a Lync mobile client 2961...
One of my customers recently needed to find out how many internal users were talking to aol.com users via Lync. I wrote the script below which can be edited for any Federated\PIC domain.   This will display both users in the conversation URIs and the Session time. If you just wa...
Issues that the update fixes The update resolves the following issues: 2952676 - Delegate doesn’t receive notification when you set delegation by using Lync for Mac 2011 2952671 - Update enables Lync for Mac 2011 to run in Mac OS X Maverick http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2...
The Lync 2013 for iPad client cannot place or receive audio or video calls when the client is hosted on iPad 2 devices that are running iOS 7.1. Microsoft is aware of this design issue and will address this problem in future builds of the Lync 2013 for iPad client. http://support.micro...
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 ro...
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 i...
Recently while working in my lab I wanted to force the address book to update with the Lync 2013 client. This is a fairly straight forward process as all you have to do is import a registry key (or wait randomized time between 1-60 mins which is the default). After importing the key an...
The Lync Team announced today on their blog that the Office SP1 update released is the February Lync Desktop Client update (CU5). I haven’t seen anything pertaining to a standalone download or install. Will update this article if I find out anything else about this.  http://...
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 follo...
Key Health Indicators: The Foundation for Maintaining Healthy Lync Servers http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41697   Lync Call Quality Methodology poster http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41698
If you've had to troubleshoot server side issues in an OCS\Lync environment then you are familiar with OCSLogger.exe tool. The OCSLogger tool is installed as part of the debugging tools which can be download from the Microsoft Download Center (link below). Although this is a grea...
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...
What’s new in version 5.3 for Windows Phone: View shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync Meeting Control Lync with your voice - Join a meeting and play a voice mail Office 365 in China Support (Gallatin)   What's New in Version 5.3 for iPhone & iPad View sha...
I recently had a request from a customer to gather conference data group by individual user. They wanted to see this data in two different formats: 1. Per-User conference join with SessionIdTime, Conference type, and ConferenceUri 2. Total Per-User Conference joins grouped by Conferen...
I ran across this document a couple of weeks back that illustrates how Integration flows work within the SharePoint, Exchange, Lync Server, and Office Web Apps products. Great for quick refresher on how these systems integrate together within Office 15. Illustrations for cros...
 Product  Version Download Lync Server 2013 5.0.8308.577 2809243 Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools 5.0.8308.577 2905053 Lync 2010 (64bit client) 4.0.7577.4419 2912208 Lync 2010 (32bit client) 4.0.7577.4419 2912208 Lync Server 2010...
As everyone knows by now, with the release of Lync Server 2013 we introduced much improved chat functionality, named Persistent Chat (pChat). Not only is it much improved, but it is also an actual role within the topology (no longer standalone application). One thing that I get questio...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-096 Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2908005) Executive Summary This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microso...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-096 Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2908005) Executive Summary This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microso...
While recently working with a customer they brought this issue to my attention. The report was that when a user shared a PowerPoint document in Lync 2013 users running Windows 8.1\IE11 failed to download the presentation. The Lync Client\LWA Stage would just sit at the “Loading&r...
While recently working with a customer they brought this issue to my attention. The report was that when a user shared a PowerPoint document in Lync 2013 users running Windows 8.1\IE11 failed to download the presentation. The Lync Client\LWA Stage would just sit at the “Loading&r...
I was recently asked by a customer how they can provide different groups or departments read-only access to their Lync Monitoring Reports Infrastructure. They didn’t want them to have access to their Lync Servers just the reports. If you remember when going through setup of &ldqu...
I was recently asked by a customer how they can provide different groups or departments read-only access to their Lync Monitoring Reports Infrastructure. They didn’t want them to have access to their Lync Servers just the reports. If you remember when going through setup of &ldqu...
Recently I've had some inquiries on changing different Lync logging options so I wanted to blog about how this can be accomplished. First let me explain a little about different type of logs created by the Lync client. If you look under the default Lync 2013 Logging location (%LOCALAPP...
Recently I've had some inquiries on changing different Lync logging options so I wanted to blog about how this can be accomplished. First let me explain a little about different type of logs created by the Lync client. If you look under the default Lync 2013 Logging location (%LOCALAPP...
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 updat...
***Update on functionality. Scroll down*** 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....
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 c...
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...
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...
*** 10/18/2013 Update: This has been resolved with the latest updates to the mobile client. *** 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...
In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series we configured AsteriskNOW PBX and connected it to our Lync 2013 environment. Now to complete our configuration we will integrate Lync 2013 with Exchange 2013 for Unified Messaging. I am going to assume you already have Exchange 2013 installed, config...