Lync 2013 SE Install – Service Control Manager error

So, ran into a little issue in my lab that I thought I’d share…since the solution wasn’t readily apparent (at least at first). So, I was trying to install a Lync 2013 Standard Edition server as the first server in an org.  The server name was Lync15SE (lync15se.contoso.com).  While going through the Lync Topology Builder,…


Current Cumulative Updates for Office – Q4 2012

As I mentioned in the Current Cumulative Updates for Office -Q3 2012 post, each quarter I will post information on the latest updates for the Office for Windows and Office for Macintosh products. The information below is being provided regarding the most currently available updates available for the supported Windows and Macintosh versions of Office…


Current Cumulative Updates for Office – Q3 2012

Almost a year ago, I posted Keeping Up with Office Updates which discusses the cumulative updates for Office (and Outlook in particular) that companies need to be aware of and push out to their users.  For my direct customers, every quarter I send an email letting them know what the latest updates currently are.  However, I…


Part I : Disabled Accounts and ActiveSync Devices Continuing to Sync

Recently, an issue that has been around for some time started generating a lot of renewed interest.  The issue I’m referring to is regarding Exchange users still having access for several hours after their AD Account has been disabled.  This post is Part I of II, discussing why this happens and best practices to properly…


LDAP to OPATH Conversion – Why All The Parenthesis?

I recently was working with a customer in their process to convert their legacy Address Lists from LDAP (used by Exchange 2003) to OPATH (required by Exchange 2007/2010) and ran into an interesting find. After using the LDAP to OPATH conversion script by Bill Long to generate and review the list, we started updating the Address…


Outlook Anywhere Network Timeout Issue

Background Over the past 6 months, our BPOS support team has been trying to get to the bottom of issues some customers were experiencing with Outlook Anywhere where Outlook (2007 & 2010) reports that it is connected but when a user tries to send email the message sits in the Outbox and does not get…


Forcing Use of Lync Web App to Join a Conference

Overview When you receive and click on a meeting request to join a Lync-based meeting, If you have Lync Client 2010 installed it will be used to join that meeting.  What if there’s a problem joining the conference using the Lync thick client (there are scenarios where it may not work if there are problems with the…


ADTD Not Drawing Exchange Organization

Background The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer (ADTD), also previously called ADMap, is a downloadable tool from Microsoft that can read information about Active Directory as well as Exchange from your AD and then using Visio draw a representation of your organization.  Issue Recently, I ran into an issue with the ADTD tool at a customer…