OT: Mouse wheel Macro for Windows8

Thanks to my teammate Andre for sharing this great switching method using the wheel button on the mouse. Download the Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 (formerly IntelliPoint and IntelliType Pro) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35379  Note this will require a reboot. Open Control Panel and Mouse. I went to the top right corner which brings up the menu and…

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NextHop post on Z-Hire tool for How to Automate the New Account Creation Process

We have a recent post for Lync Server 2010 on NextHop http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/09/10/how-to-automate-your-new-account-creation-process.aspx and I was looking for input as I reviewed the article and tool and thought it to be a solid solution but I don’t have to admin a topology every day. If you try the tool and have feedback, you need to let the…

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Lync 2013 Persistent Chat – Group Chat done right

I have worked with Group Chat for some time and it was always a love/hate affair. What the product offered was well understood and when used right helped reduce the need for email. The downside was the solution was difficult to install and manage (this is being polite <grin>). The release of Lync 2013 is…

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How does Lync QOE determine the connection as a VPN?

October 19 update due to a follow up question from a peer This article speaks to a known issue under Vista http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928906 You can check the network properties of the connection and see if Windows displays this as a VPN. The Windows OS is checking this same flag so if set correctly, Windows will show…

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PowerShell script to export #Lync tbxml to Visio and Excel

Update June 28 – Want to see what happens when your personal blog recieves professional editing? See this post on Next Hop – http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/06/28/how-to-create-visio-and-excel-output-from-a-tbxml-file.aspx I encountered a customer deployment in Office365 Dedicated where I needed to gain clarity on their deployed Lync topology. It was rather easy to ask the team for the Topology Builder…

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Certificate Authorities and PKI: It’s like the mafia

I visited Redmond at the end of March and while there we were discussing certificates and PKI. Nick a recent Lync Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) was sharing how he explained how certificate authorities worked and he gave me permission to post on his behalf. Here is Nick sharing his wisdom Think of PKI like the…

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OT: Outlook and Direct Access problems, try /resetnavpane switch

Last week I had a problem where Outlook would not connect to my Exchange server while I was remote and using Direct Access. Having some knowledge of Outlook troubleshooting I jumped straight to creating a new profile which failed as Outlook was in an offline state I could not reset. A call to helpdesk resolved…

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Lync Mobility Documentation References

One of my peer PM’s received a question from a Lync Online dedicated customer for end user mobility content and he shared the culmination of that request Adoption and Training Kit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?id=9642 Lync on Windows Phone: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=wm&p2=1 Lync on iPad: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=iPad&p2=1 Lync on iPhone: http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidlyncmobile?p1=iP&p2=1 Lync for Mobile Clients: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/communicator-help/microsoft-lync-2010-for-mobile-clients-HA102790086.aspx Mobile Client Comparison Tables:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh691004.aspx Lync YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1E199CA91D2F6BE1&feature=plcp TomL…

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Lync for Mac reports the + as Character not valid in Phone tab

A customer asked me to test this behavior and sure enough when using the Phone tab, if you try to type the + sign it is reported as Character not valid. If you type too fast and add digits the error goes away yet the number won’t be dialed. While waiting to hear a response…

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OT: Even a 4 year old can find a product bug

Look Dad, there’s three of you  Working from home means the kids come in the office at times and during the winter break my 4 year old wanted to sit on my lap as I worked. I was using the next version of Outlook when he made the above comment. It took me a minute…

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