How to Get the Last Time a User Registered with a Front End

Update 10/31/13 – Added an additional SQL query if you have the Monitoring Server available. A question that comes up from customers from time to time is how do I get a list of what users are actually using OCS/Lync?  While there’s no built in report to easily tell you what users are actually signing…

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Skype for Business Server Real-Time Statistics Manager

Update 4/20/16 – Added information on upgrading Statistics Manager. A pretty cool new tool is available to help administrators monitor their Skype for Business/Lync servers in real time.  From the Plan for Statistics Manager in Skype for Business Server 2015 TechNet article: Skype for Business Server Statistics Manager is a powerful tool that allows you to…

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How to Get Office Web Apps Server 2013 to Report a Healthy Health Status

I see this a lot in customer environments with Office Web Apps Server 2013 deployed for use with Lync Server 2013, where if you run the Get-OfficeWebAppsMachine cmdlet, the HealthStatus parameter is Unhealthy: However, even though Office Web Apps Server 2013 reports as unhealthy, as far as Lync Server 2013 is concerned, everything is working…

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How to Change the Sort Order of Contact List Groups

Office Communicator allows you to create groups to sort your contacts.  You can also arranged those groups in any order you see fit.  So you can move a group that you use frequently to the top of the list, and move others to the bottom.  But have you ever wanted to reset that order back…

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Lync Server 2013 Now Supported on Windows Server 2012 R2

With the release of the Updates for Lync Server 2013: October 2013, Lync Server 2013 is now supported on Windows Server 2012 R2.  You may see Event IDs 32402 and 61045 logged on the Lync Server 2013 Front End Servers: Event ID 32042 Log Name: Lync ServerSource: LS User ServicesDate: 10/15/2013 4:02:05 AMEvent ID: 32042Task Category:…

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Effects of Changing a User's SIP Address in Lync Server 2013

A question I get a lot when talking with administrators about Lync is how to handle name changes and what effect changing a user's SIP address has on other users.  In the example below we will look at the effects of changing a user's SIP address and what other user's will need to be aware…

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Enabling Topology – Completed with Errors (Error Code 2310)

An issue I ran into when trying to publish my topology is that it would complete with errors when trying to do the enabling topology step: Looking at the log, I can see that I’m getting the following errors when it trys to connect to the share: Error: Error accessing share \\BETA-LS14-SE1.beta.deitterick.com\share – Method failed…

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Lync Server 2013 December 2014 Cumulative Update, Lync Web App & Google Chrome

Update 1/6/15 – Added link to cumulative update that resolves this issue.Update 12/27/14 – Added additional information on the change to Lync Web App.Update 12/17/14 – Added link to KB article. After applying the Lync Server 2013 December 2014 Cumulative Update, if a user using Google Chrome tries to use the Lync Web App to join…

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Issue with the Lync Basic 2013 Client and A/V Disabled

Update 2/26/14 – This issue has been resolved with the release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2013.  You can get more information here. I ran across this while testing an issue a reader of my blog posted in the comments of an article I wrote about the Lync Basic 2013 client.  They had mentioned that…

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How to Get a List of Client Versions and the Users Logged into Them

Another question that comes up from customers, especially when we're talking about migrations and updating clients, is how do I figure out which users are running the old version of the client?  You can run the following queries* to pull back the user's SIP URI and the client version that they're signed into: For Lync…

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