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TechTalk: Erfahren Sie alles Neue über Microsoft Lync und Exchange 2013 (Microsoft Schweiz 22.05.14)

German  / DeutschSchweiz / Swiss / SwitzerlandSehen und hören Sie die neusten Entwicklungen bei Exchange und Lync “live” von den erfahrenen MVPs Dejan Foro und Desmond Lee.

Thu / Do. 22 May / Mai 2014
09:00 - 16:00 hr / Uhr
Microsoft Switzerland (Wallisellen)

Mehr Informationen und Anmeldung hier (Event ID: 1032573383).

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Switch Lync 2013/2010 Online Meeting with Outlook 201x

Do you know that you can install the Lync 2013 client while keeping Lync 2010 on the same desktop machine? You can determine which client to use by default by configuring it using Lync Options. Under Windows 8.x, Lync 2013 Modern App can also be installed in parallel.

Such a scenario permits you to test how the different Lync desktop clients behave in a migration/coexistence environment with Lync Server 2013/2010 backend. Only one Lync client instance may run at any one time for such a side-by-side setup.

Now suppose you have Outlook 2013/2010 and Lync 2013 desktop client currently running. You terminate the latter and start Lync 2010, effectively switching the Lync client. As soon as you attempt to create a new Lync Online Meeting, the following message shows up:

Lync Meeting
You recently switched versions of Microsoft Lync. Please close and restart Outlook.

Simply follow the obvious instructions to restart Outlook 201x and you are all set to create new Lync Online Meetings once again.

Technorati tags: Microsoft Lync Server/Client

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Sign in to start working with Lync 2013 Meetings

Picture this. You organized a Lync Online Meeting in Outlook 2010 and promptly joined the session at the scheduled time. After a short delay, you are greeted with a strange message:

Microsoft Lync Not Running
Please sign in to Microsoft Lync to start working with Lync Meetings.  Your administrative privileges also have to be the same as Outlook

You are sign-in to the workstation with a valid AD account where Lync is configured to start automatically. You also verified that both Outlook default profile’s SMTP and the Lync SIP addresses match i.e. first.last@swissi+pro.c0m. What’s next? Continue Reading »

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Update Digest: Lync 2013 (Desktop) Service Pack 1, Lync 2013 for Android, Lync Server Virtualization/Poster, Exchange Server 2013 SP1, etc. (Feb/Mar 2014)

Summary of Feb/Mar 2014 SP/cumulative updates for Lync 2013 and related topics:

  • Lync 2013 Service Pack 1 (Feb 2014)
    - applies to Lync 2013 desktop client “CU5″
    - version 15.0.4569.1503
    - available as part of Office 2013 SP1 (download x86, x64)
    - Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) (KB2817430)
    - February 2014 Update for the Lync Desktop Client @ The Lync Team Blog (link)
  • Lync for Android 2013
    - version 5.3 (download)
    - Description of the cumulative update package for Lync 2013 for Android: February 2014 (KB2926050)
  • New White Papers
    - Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers (download)
    - Lync Server 2013 Stress Testing Guide (download)
  • Lync Server 2013 On-Premises Architectures Poster (download)
    - Lync Call Quality Methodology poster
    - Key Health Indicators: The Foundation for Maintaining Healthy Lync Servers
    - Lync 2013 Platform Options
    - Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Protocol Workloads Poster
  • Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1
    - version 15.00.0847.032 (download)
    - Release Notes for Exchange 2013 (link)
    - Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (Exchange Team Blog)

Keywords: patch, hotfix, update, rollup package, lync cumulative update (Lync 2013), lync client, lync server, lync phone edition, lync mobile, android lync, cu update, mise à jour, cu cu4, service pack 1 (sp1), update rollup, RU (release update)

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Lync Conference 2014 (Las Vegas) - Thank You and Goodbye!

Congratulations to one-and-all - the organizing team, delegates, sponsors, partners, IT community, Microsoft colleagues, MVPs and more - for another successful year of sold-out Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas at the Aria Casino and Resort on the LV Strip! It was great to meet old friends, colleagues and mates, rekindle acquaintances and establish new exciting contacts from around the world.

HatsizeApart from the intensive break-out sessions, hands-on labs and face-to-face interactions in and around the conference/Exposition and Ask-the-Expert areas, the numerous top-acts in town, magnificent parties* in Las Vegas and magical charm of the reckoning Grand Canyon were not to be missed.

Once again a BIG thank you to Hatsize and everyone who attended and survived my very well-received (up to Level 300) break-out session despite the gruelling conference party the night before. Many delegates have requested for the scripts I have put together and demonstrated live. While the logistics are being sorted out, feel free to write me for a copy which you can customize and deploy for your environment# (contact info on left hand pane on landing page of my blog).

I look forward to seeing you again at the Lync Conference next year!

Lync Conferene 2014 (Las Vegas)

* official party at the hottest club Hakkasan in town (at the MGM Grand) and by invitation-only ’side’ parties
# use at your own risk without any form of guarantee or support

Technorati tags: Microsoft Lync Server/Client, Lync Online, Training, Events, Info

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Lync Conference 2014 - Keynote Highlights (Live From Las Vegas)

Reporting live from Las Vegas at the Aria Resort down the strip, here is a summary of the key highlights announced with live demos at the Keynote session (PST 0900 hrs UTC-9):

  • Video conferencing capability between Lync and Skype federated users (currently only IM and audio calls)
  • Lync App for Android Tablet
  • Integration with Cisco Tandberg videoconferencing systems (Telepresence)
  • Native IP telephony/PSTN functionality in Lync Online (Office 365 in the public cloud)
  • New Javascript API interface to embed Lync functionality directly in modern web pages (demo was a live consultation A/V session with a doctor)

The products/features are in beta testing and are scheduled for release in Summer 2014 and later part of the year.

Get ready to take the journey to the next level with Universal Communications (from the now Unified Communications)!

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TIP #1316A: Compare Lync Server 2013/2010 Policy (diff)

Picture this. You have multiple Lync conferencing policies in place and need to find out the differences in configuration. Rather than running Get-CsConferencingPolicy individually against each policy and painstakingly compare one by one manually, you came up with the following.

( This technique can be used for comparison of just about any Lync policy, or for that matter, objects in PowerShell. )

PS> diff (Get-CsConferencingPolicy Policy01) (Get-CsConferencingPolicy Policy02) -IncludeEqual

InputObject                                                          SideIndicator
———–                                                          ————-
Microsoft.Rtc.Management.WritableConfig.Policy.Meeting.MeetingPolicy ==

At first glance, this cannot be correct because at least the Identity field/attribute has to be unique, such as “Identity: Tag:Policy01″. So what is wrong, if anything at all?

PS> Get-Alias diff | ft -au

CommandType Name Definition
———– —- ———-
Alias       diff Compare-Object

../to continue

Technorati tags: Microsoft Lync Server/Client, PowerShell

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Update Digest: Lync 2013 Mobile, Lync Meeting Update Tools, etc. (Jan 2014)

  • Lync Mobile update for iOS and Windows Phone
    - see announcement for details at Lync blog
  • Lync 2013 Pre-Call Diagnostic Tool
    - [version 8308.434] PreCallDiagTool.msi (download)
    - runs on Windows 8.x, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Desktop App
  • Lync Meeting Update Tool
    - [version 8308.584] LyncMeetingUpdate.msi (download x86, x64)
    - runs on Windows 8.x, Windows 7 SP1 running Outlook 2013/2010 and .NET Framework 4 and higher
  • Network Planning, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting with Lync Server Guide
    - [version Jan2014] (download)
    - includes a new Appendix covering “Lync Call Quality Methodology” (CQM) framework and PowerShell script to collect and validate KHI server health data.

Technorati tags: Microsoft Lync Server/Client, Lync Mobile

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Update: Lync Connectivity Analyzer

Lync administrators can utilize the updated “Microsoft Lync Connectivity Analyzer” (version 8308.582) to help check the readiness of their Lync Server environment for the purpose of supporting connections from Lync Windows Store app for Windows 8 and Windows RT from Lync mobile apps.

Runs on Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 (RTM)  and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.

Read “Using Lync Connectivity Analyzer” for more information. Download the 32- (x86) or 64-bit (x64) LyncConnectivityAnalyzer.msi.


Technorati tags: Microsoft Lync Server/Client, Lync Online

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Lync Training and More in the Cloud - Introducing Hatsize

Hatsize / Training LabsFast, attentive and helpful support staff to go with your always-on or on-demand IT infrastructure just about anywhere on earth? A dream or reality? “Cloud-on-the-go” would be how I describe the dependable Hatsize solution that I have the pleasure to share with you.

From expert training, product demonstration to proof-of-concept (POC), simply connect remotely with your Windows or Apple OS X computer’s browser and the environment is instantly available at your disposal. Long hours of installation, configuration and testing to quickly get a lab up-and-running is now a thing of the past.

For Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), the virtual lab environment grants secure system access to the Hyper-V host running MOC virtual machines. The modern platform user-interface presents a clear dashboard view of the instructor as well as delegates’ machines, encouraging personal interaction and peer-support, closely mapping to on-site experiences that one will certainly appreciate.

Take a test drive and check out Hatsize yourself today.

Hatsize is the leading global provider of hands-on training labs for
software and hardware products. Using the Hatsize cloud of global
datacenters, Hatsize has delivered 2 million hours of virtual
instructor-led and self-paced training worldwide for New Horizons, IBM
and others.  Hatsize is one of the first cloud providers to offer
instructor-led training labs for Microsoft Lync Server 2013. In
addition, Hatsize offers self-paced practice labs for other Microsoft
courses as well as VMware courses.

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