Author Archives: Steven

Flash from the past: Lync 2010 Resource Kit

Did you know there was a Lync 2010 resource kit? A lot of the content is still very useful for Lync 2013 and Skype for Business. I was was one of the dozens of people that worked on it for about a year, amazing project. Get it at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22644

Skype for Business Server Feature Update

Cumulative updates for Skype for Business contain fixes, but also introduce new features. Here are some highlights: Video Based Screen Sharing for conferencing (VBSS) (Jun 2016) Offline Messaging (Jun 2016) Busy On Busy / Voicemail on Busy (Jun 2016) Allow PSTN callers to join a Skype for Business meeting without a PIN (March 2016) Group Call Pickup… Read More »

Tip: Update databases when installing updates for Skype for Business Server

One step that often is overlooked after installing the cumulative updates for Lync or Skype for Business Server, is updating the databases. For a Standard Edition server you need to run “Install-CsDatabase -Update –LocalDatabases”, also update your Monitoring Database with “Install-CsDatabase -ConfiguredDatabases -SqlServerFqdn <FEBE.FQDN>”. For an Enterprise Edition server you need to run “Install-CsDatabase -Update… Read More »

Speaking at ExpertsLive 2016

ExpertsLive has become the main event for ITPro’s in The Netherlands. It is community driven, inexpensive to attend, and has a great line-up of international speakers. I am very happy to be speaking there again, this time with: “Don’t panic, I know how to troubleshoot Skype for Business network issues!”

Skype for Business Network performance requirements

Microsoft has excellent resources for Skype for Business Network Network performance requirements. Although primarily targeted towards Office 365, it is also very helpful for On Premises deployments. Media Quality and Network Connectivity Performance in Skype for Business Online

Lync 2013 exams not retired this year.

Microsoft Learning anounced that the Lync 2013 examens (335/336/337/338) wil not retire this year. I think this is good news for students, trainers and training centers. The full post: “A while back we announced that Skype for Business exams are coming soon and that the Lync 2013 exams would retire in November. We’ve decided to… Read More »

Skype for Business end user training available for download in multiple languages.

A lot of the Lync end user documentation was only available in English but Microsoft has now released Skype for Business end user training in multiple languages: Office 365 Training: Run more effective meetings (Skype for Business) (40 Languages) Other relevant documentation: Skype for Business client awareness and readiness resources (English) Rollout and Adoption Success… Read More »

Skype for Business client released on April 14th.

Skype for Business client will be part of the Office 2013 updates, scheduled for April 14th. This client can be used with either a Lync or Skype for Business user interface. Clients running against an on premises Lync Server will default to the Lync interface, Lync online users will default to the Skype interface. The… Read More »

Review: Sennheiser Speakerphone SP 20 ML

Sennheiser is well know for their high quality audio products and also has quite a few Lync qualified devices. Mostly headsets, but there are also two qualified USB speakerphones, the SP 10 ML and SP 20 ML. Connectivity: The difference between the two versions is that the SP 20 also has a jack cable, very convenient if you want to… Read More »