Some of the change work with Lync Dedicated Voice

I joined the Lync Dedicated team in Office 365 4 years ago to help launch our voice offering in the cloud. The offering allows for PSTN connectivity using Sip Trunks from qualified UCOIP vendors who connect to our approved Edge Sites or the customer can deploy their own SBC, also from the UCOIP qualified devices….


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…


Ultimate Voice Promotion

I became aware of this promotion due to following Chris Norman on Twitter @VoipNorm where he tweeted a blog post    As part of advertising this I received a direct email asking why this was restricted to the US and how a UK person could participate in the technical portion. The promotion aspect is…


Migrating your Mediation Servers to Lync Failing

The following comes from a prior colleague of mine when we supported Windows Networking and LCS, Steve Hahn now working with CPCC. I modified the details to exclude IP, Domain and User information.  February 16 2012, Steve shared an update on this configuration. Since you now can have multiple valid PSTN gateways defined now on…


Hard to find DVT tool document

We had a question regarding the whereabouts of the OCS Deployment Validation Solution document. I found it with a helpful hint from Rui by downloading the 2007 version of the tool – DVT.MSIT – Choosing the default location the doc was found at C:\Office Communications Server Deployment Validation Tool\OCS_Deployment_Validation_Solution.doc The tool did not change…


Looking for information on upgrading OCPE (Tanjay)?

Rick Varvel, Microsoft Consulting Services comes through with another great paper. I mentioned his papers for the Edge Server in the past and he has now dedicated time to the OC Phone Edition (OCPE, Tanjay) upgrade process. Due to some of our programs purchasing devices in advance of program needs for budget reasons we ended…


Work Number displays as ‘+’ on Phone Edition and fails on attempted dial

The post below comes courtesy of one of the partners in our voice program. I took the liberty of modifying the format of his email alias to reduce spam. He provided permission to include the details of his auto signature. I am also retaining the use of the term Tanjay in the body of the…


OCS Voice with Cisco gateways/routers

Partners and customers deploying Office Communications Server 2007 with enterprise voice still require a media gateway for a supported configuration. The definitive place to determine supported vendors, models and the qualification level (direct sip via gateway, direct sip, dual forking and dual forking with remote call control) you need to check the Open Interoperability Program…


AudioCodes MP-114 Demo Toolkit for OCS

AudioCodes has published the instructions for a demo setup along with the necessary ini file for use with the device. I use the AudioCodes MP-114 in my personal lab and will document its configuration in the next deploy series posting (planned for second week of Jan). Please do note that this is not a currently…