6 years and finally a new #Lync Headset

When Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 was first released, I was a remote worker and part of the team enabled for voice which brought with it a Jabra GN Netcom 2000 USB headset, a beta device in fact. I have used this as my primary device for the past 6 years without issue. I was…

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Important Lync for Mac 2011 update for meeting join issues

This week we see a really important update for companies using Lync for Mac 2011. A big thanks goes to 2 customers in our Lync Online Dedicated environment that persevered and pressed through the analysis as the behavior had an odd pattern. Customers would comment they could join 1 or 2 meetings and then by the 3rd meeting…

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LUMT - Lync User Management Tool from Stefan Plizga

Are you an IT manager or a partner working with a company needing additional flexibility around user management with Lync? Stefan Plizga has a tool http://lumt.codeplex.com/ described as: Lync User Management Tool (LUMT) enables administrators to manage contacts, ACEs and Privacy settings on behalf of Lync Server 2013 users. Watching our MVP community discuss this tool,…

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Lync for Mac 2011 Meeting Join Failure, update 14.0.4

February 6 Update: (Happy Birthday Sophia!) After writing this post, we posted the 14.0.4 update for the Lync for Mac client – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2778095. The customer and I are still monitoring his situation but initially it looks positive. The true big bang with this update is support for more devices. Justin Morris also blogged (http://www.justin-morris.net/update-14-0-for-lync-for-mac-2011-released-now-makes-all-usb-audio-devices-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-14-0-for-lync-for-mac-2011-released-now-makes-all-usb-audio-devices-work) on…

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Interesting learning for process determining voice supported countries with Office365 Lync Dedicated

When you see, hear or read about Office 365 the dialog is almost always about the broad offering we refer to as Multitenant or Shared, however there is a small group of customers deployed in our Dedicated environment. The regions currently providing voice services (PSTN Conferencing and PSTN dial-in/dial-out) are in North America (NOAM or NA) and Europe,…

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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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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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Lync Online Dedicated, what does that mean?

Having been in my new role for just under two months I feel I have come to understand better what the dedicated offering is and will share for those that may have wondered. I am focusing on Lync as I work in this area but I believe that this could apply to Exchange and to…

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