Series: Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 2

In Part 1 of this series I went through the process of setting up our AsteriskNOW PBX. Now in Part 2 we need to connect the AsteriskNOW PBX to our Lync 2013 environment. We will break this down into 4 primary steps. First step will be to configure AsteriskNOW SIP trunk to route calls to Lync,…


Series: Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013 Integration with AsteriskNOW PBX Pt. 1

Recently I have been involved in a couple of projects which required both Lync EV and Exchange UM. In order to do some testing I needed to get some kind of PBX into my lab environment. After searching the internet I found a ton of information but not a single source that showed all the…


Finally on Twitter!! @rischwen

I have finally created a twitter account ( which is long overdue. I will use this account to announce blogs posts, PhillyExUG Updates, and other various Lync\Exchange related news.


Exchange 2013: Store, FAST, and ESE Cache Demystified…Hopefully!

After getting great community response on my Exchange 2013 Mail flow Demystified blog I decided to do a similar one on Store, FAST, and ESE Cache. Much like mail flow a lot has changed with Exchange 2013 in terms of Store. So hopefully I can help clarify exactly what has changed in 2013 with these…


Lync 2013 Client Auto Start Registry Key

I have had a couple inquires of how to set the Lync 2013 Client to start automatically when logging into Windows. This can be done multiple ways depending on how many users you need to set this for. If you want the users to do this themselves they can just open the client and go…


Lync 2013 WP8 Client Logs

I have received several inquiries from customers and engineers about how to get logs off Windows Phone 8 for Lync. If you are a Lync user on iOS or Android devices this is very simple because you can use the “Send Logs” and email the log file directly. Unfortunately with WP8 you only get the…


Upgrading your MCITP to 2013 (MCSE)

When I started thinking about my career goals for 2013 one of them is to upgrade my MCITP: Enterprise Messaging (2010) to MCSE: Messaging (2013). When I started to research the exams that I need to complete I saw a requirement that wasn’t there for previous MCITP certifications. In order to be certified as MCSE:…


Exchange Team Blog: Exchange 2013 RTM CU1 Status

The Exchange Product Team has posted a blog about the details of when CU1 will be released. Check it out (

Question the PFE: March 2013 Edition

**Update – Per the Exchange Team Blog ( Exchange 2013 RTM CU1 is currently planned for an April 2nd release. Question 1: I want to deploy Exchange 2013. Can I do this now that 2010 SP3 is out? PFE Answer1: Short answer is “Not if you want to be supported”. Although Exchange 2010 SP3  is…


Exchange 2013 Mail Flow Demystified…Hopefully!

After installing Exchange 2013 for the first time I noticed some new changes in the architecture that made it confusing in regards to mail flow. One of the bigger changes in Exchange 2013 is the changes of Exchange server roles. In Exchange 2013 we now have just Mailbox and the CAS server role. There is…