Support for Lync 2013: DVC Implementation Versus the Citrix HDX Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync

This article summarizes and clarifies two Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiatives that involve Citrix. Citrix is a valuable Microsoft partner who understands the value that Lync brings to customers. Citrix has developed two solutions: the Lync 2013 VDI plugin solution over Dynamic Virtual Channels (DVCs), and the Citrix HDX Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync. This…


VoiceRx: Validating QoS on Lync Endpoints

The purpose of the VoiceRx series is to give you confidence in the audio quality of your Lync Enterprise Voice deployments. In this NextHop blog series, Microsoft IT and the Lync Product Group share their findings from our own corporate Lync deployment. We describe how we measure audio quality and use reporting to monitor the deployment. We…


Updated: Creating a Certificate Revocation List Distribution Point for Your Internal Certification Authority

Certificates rely on certification authorities to maintain an updated list of revoked certificates issued by the public key infrastructure. Certificates are revoked for a number of reasons—not all revocations are for compromised certificates or nefarious reasons. It is essential that when a computer is presented a revoked certificate, that it does not honor the certificate….


Cumulative Updates for Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack: December 2012

Microsoft Support has released the cumulative update for Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack: December 2012. Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Management Pack is a comprehensive End-to-End monitoring management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. This updates resolves issues described in the article Secure Reference Override Failure warnings after you install Monitoring Management Pack…


Ten Tips (Plus One) for Implementing Lync Server

IT deployments can get complicated in a hurry. Lync implementations are no exception – especially when your needs go past a simple Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition for internal instant messaging and presence. As complexity ramps up the need for planning and documentation become more critical .This article highlights the baseline concepts that will help…


Troubleshooting Lync Call Quality Locally with Snooper

Have you ever wanted to figure out why a user experienced poor call quality, but didn’t have access to the Lync Sever Monitoring Server reports to dig into the data? This article shows you how to use UCCAPI logging, Snooper, and XML Notepad to log, review, and analyze call data, when Lync Server 2010 or…


Lync MVP Article Roundup: November 2012

Lync MVPs are a fountain of deep knowledge on Lync Server. But keeping up with the dozens of great articles they create each month can be a challenge. That’s where this monthly roundup comes in. From one easy place, you can now scan all Lync MVP articles published in English over the previous month and…


Lync 2010 Client Authentication

Users have multiple options for login into Lync Server 2010. Users can use Lync 2010, Lync Web App, Lync Mobile, browser connecting to the simple URLs, and Lync Attendee. Each of these clients uses different protocols when authenticating the user to Lync Server. This article dives into the details of how each of these clients…


System Center Advisor for Lync Server 2010

We’re excited to announce that System Center Advisor is now available for Lync! Not familiar with System Center Advisor? Let’s start with some background. System Center Advisor is a cloud service that enables IT pros to assess their server configuration and proactively avoid problems, while helping support staff to resolve issues faster by accessing current…


Lync Server 2013: Using the DatabasePathMap Parameter to Deploy Databases

By design, the Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard installs databases and log files in locations based on program logic that determines the optimal placement for a typical Lync Server environment. But what if your deployment requirements are unique and you need databases and log files in specific locations? Database administrators can use the Lync Server…