Address Book search for “First + Last Name” when Display Name is “Last, First Name” (WebSearchOnly)

It is quite common to have users stored in Active Directory (AD) with “Last, First Name” (e. g., “Paulino, David”). Since Lync/Skype4B is heavily dependent on AD, what will happen to users that want to search for “First + Last Name”? Regarding the Address Book download, this is an issue that has already been discussed… Read more

Last + First name searches in Lync/Skype4B Address Book (GalContacts.db)

In a previous post in Joe Calev's WebLog, we were shown how to enable Last + First name searches in Lync Server: How to enable last name, first searches in Lync Address Book That workaround works for WebSearchAndFileDownload and FileDownloadOnly — what we basically need is the GalContacts.db file. Recently, Joe Calev's workaround was introduced… Read more

Checks to do in the Lync/Skype4B Certificate Store

The checks described in this article are the result of what we normally check during troubleshooting. Some of these already have specific error events, but the objective here is to try to avoid that these events occur. We plan to keep the post updated and add more checks that we identify as useful. Also, we… Read more

Lync/Skype4B: When do we need to configure Internal Web Services Override FQDN?

The answer to this question is quite simple — we only need it if we have to split SIP traffic from HTTP/HTTPS. We know that this answer will raise more questions, so first we should start with a little story. The Internal Web Services Override FQDN settings was introduced in Lync Server 2010. This was also the… Read more

Lync Server Component Version using PowerShell (Windows Registry)

One of the first posts was about how to get Lync Server Component versions: Lync Server Component Version with PowerShell In that post, we used Get-WmiObject to query the server. Nevertheless, using that method can be slow, and for sometime it was the only one we knew. In the post Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog – Use… Read more

Difference between Open and Closed Federation in Lync Server 2010/2013

One of the features that Lync has and customers like is the ability to federate with another company. This post will focus only on Lync to Lync or Lync to OCS federation. Usually, Lync administrators don’t know if they have an open or closed federation – why is that so? Because it’s only a matter of checking… Read more

Lync Server 2010 Cumulative Update List: April 2016

In a previous article we discussed how to check Lync Server Component Version. After checking the versions, a good thing is a table to verify what Cumulative Update were installed in the server. We can use the Lync Server Core Component as reference, since this component is always updated. When we update Lync Server, not all components… Read more

Lync Server Component Version using PowerShell (WMI Classes)

Every Lync Server administrator must have this Cmdlet, which shows each Lync Server 2010/2013 Component’s version: Get-WmiObject -class Win32_Product | where {$ -like “*Lync Server*”} | Sort-Object Name | Select Name, Version |ft -AutoSize The result will be like this: Or in Lync Server 2010: To save the result in a file just add “>>… Read more

Enabling Trace Log in Office Communicator, Lync 2010 and Lync 2013

One thing that I’m always looking for is how to enable Trace Logs in Communicator/Lync. I created the following steps to help to enable logging. Trace logs are important in troubleshooting because most of the problems related to failure in instant messages or video/audio calls can be detected in Communicator/Lync Trace logs. Office Communicator R2 To access… Read more