Lync Phone Edition August 2014 Update – Phone Lock specifics.

Microsoft has released an update for the Lync Phone Edition phones, “August 2014 Cumulative Update for Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600, and Polycom CX3000 (KB2988181)”: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2988181. Aastra, HP, CX700/8540 updates are also available. This will also change the lock behaviour on phones, as per “The lock feature does not prevent users from… Read More »

Lync Network Readiness Training

How does the network impact Lync, and how does Lync impact the network? That is important to know before you start deploying Lync. To prepare for this, Microsoft has recently released Course 20335, Lync Network Readiness Assesment. This course helps to prepare for  the exam 74-335: Network Readiness and Assessment for Lync, part of the… Read More »

Ready for Lync Conference!

Happy to be at LyncConf next week with two sessions, an instructor led lab, Deploying and Configuring Lync Edge Server 2013 http://www.lyncconf.com/SessionDetail.aspx?id=11625 and What’s new in Partner Hosting http://www.lyncconf.com/SessionDetail.aspx?id=9458. The Partner Hosting session will provide an overview of the options for Partner hosting, best practices and recent developments. Microsoft’s Roy King and Clinton Dickey are available… Read More »

Check out the new Lync Solutions Catalog

The Lync Solutions Catalog comes with a hardware and an apps section. This provides an easier to view and navigate overview of qualified devices and apps compared to the interop site. Check it out at: http://catalog.lync.com/en-us/index.aspx

Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide now online.

The Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide is now part of the Technet Library. This makes maintenance easier, so we will probably see some updates soon. Right now the hardware requirements are still based on Lync 2010, the correct information can be found here.

Updated Lync Voice training

I have extended the M20337 (Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013) that I will be delivering for Global Knowledge (Belgium and Netherlands) to include the most recent voice additions to Lync such as Location Based Routing and Group Call Pickup. We will also cover Session Border Controller and Voice Gateway functionality, and how… Read More »

Lync Right Start Kit on MPN

Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) has some excellent Lync resources. For example the Lync Right Start kit, part of the Lync accelerate framework. In the Lync Right Start Kit you will find: Lync business value assessment tool Unified Communications strategy workshop Lync technical briefing Network readiness workshop Lync pilot success kit Lync 2010 and Lync 2013 bandwidth calculator Lync… Read More »

Lync Server 2013 and SQL cluster support

It seems that the updated support statement for SQL has gone a bit unnoticed. At Lync RTM, only SQL Mirroring was supported for backend high availability, and SQL cluster was not. That has changed recently, now both SQL mirroring and cluster are supported. For the full statement: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398990.aspx  

Reverse Proxy for Lync

The interop site for Lync now also includes reverse proxy solutions. Currently it mentions two solutions, TMG and IIS Application Request Routing (ARR). TMG continues to be a great reverse proxy/firewall, and is still supported by Microsoft. IIS ARR can be an interesting solution for new deployments or as a replacement for TMG in situations where TMG… Read More »

Download Lync Conference 2013 Sessions

Lync Conf 2014 has been announced, but the sessions from the 2013 edition are still available for everyone. Great content from Microsoft and external speakers covering different aspects of Lync. Technical levels range from 100-400.