October 20, 2014

PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure (The MVP Monday Series)

Super excited to share with you a guest post entitled “PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure” I authored for The MVP Award Program Blog. Here is a short abstract:

PowerShell is the window to managing many aspects of a Lync Server 201x environment. Coupled with the deployment of the Monitoring Server service (or separate role in 2010) …

In this compact article, I shall show you how to utilize the built-in SQL stored procedures associated with the Lync databases…

Read the full article here or at the Microsoft Press Blog (#MVPBuzz / @MVPAward)

Thanks Melissa :-)

October 16, 2014

Microsoft Ignite 2015 Chicago (4 to 8 May) - Enterprise Technology Conferences all Under One Roof

ATTENTION Lync, MEC and SharePoint Conference delegates!

Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 (Chicago, IL)

Come year 2015 (4-8 May) in Chicago, IL is the all new Microsoft Ignite Conference. This enterprise technology conference brings together today’s separately run conferences from the entire Office family of products under one roof covering on-premise deployment to the cloud running Office 365.

Super early registration is now open at http://www.ignite.microsoft.com/. You can also participate in the Office 365 Technical Network’s Ignite Event group (in Yammer) to help shape plans for the event today.

Shape the event | Join the YamJam!

MORE INFO
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite and our lineup of top conferences in 2015 (The Official Microsoft Blog; link)
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite – meet us in Chicago (Exchange team Blog; link)
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite (Office Blog/Lync; link)

MEC = Microsoft Exchange Conference

October 15, 2014

Update Digest: Lync 2013 Client - Hide Pictures in IM, etc. (Oct 2014)

October 2014 update for Lync 2013 “CU6″ (KB2889929)
- download x86 or x64 package
- prerequisites MSO (KB2889927), MSORES (KB2817624*) and Lynchelp (KB2881083)

UPDATE

Notable is the new capability “Hide pictures in IM”, one of the top user requests since “Show pictures of contacts” was made available in the February 2014 Update for Lync 2013 desktop client. This hot new feature enables users to completely disable inline pictures in both peer-to-peer and group (IM) Lync conferences.

REFERENCES

  • Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync 2013 (link)
  • February 2014 Update for the Lync Desktop Client (link)

* included in Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

October 14, 2014

TIP: Reset User Policy in Lync Server 201x

To reset rather than assign or grant a different Voice policy to a Lync-enabled user, perform the operation as shown:

Get-Csuser “sip:desmond.lee@sw1ssi+pr0.net” | Grant-CsVoicePolicy -PolicyName $null

The end result is that the user will inherit an appropriate policy at the Global, Site or Pool (Service) level, whichever is closest to the Lync-enabled user. This trick is applicable to other Lync policies i.e. not limited to working with Lync Voice Policy.

September 25, 2014

Update II MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

From MS14-055:


Why was this bulletin revised on September 23, 2014?

Microsoft rereleased this bulletin to announce the reoffering of the 2982385 security update file (server.msp) for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The rereleased update addresses an issue in the original offering that prevented users from successfully installing the server.msp file. Customers who attempted to install the original update will be reoffered the 2982385 update and are encouraged to apply it at the earliest opportunity.

September 23, 2014

Update Digest: Lync Server / Client 2013 Cumulative Upate, Lync Phone Edition (Aug/Sep 2014)

Lync Server 2013

Lync 2013 (Client)

  • September 2014 update for Lync 2013 (KB2889860)
    - version “1.0″
    - download lync2013-kb2889860-fullfile-x..-glb.exe (x86, x64)

Lync Phone Edition

  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600 and Polycom CX3000 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX700 and LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for HP 4110 and HP 4120 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Aastra 6721ip and Aastra 6725ip (link)

Keywords: patch, security, hotfix, update, rollup package, lync cumulative update (Lync 2013), lync server, lync client,  security, cu update, mise à jour, cu, update rollup, Lync phone edition, RU (release update)

September 16, 2014

Update MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

From MS14-055:


Why was this bulletin revised on September 15, 2014?

Microsoft revised this bulletin to address a known issue that prevented users from successfully installing security update 2982385 for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Microsoft is investigating behavior associated with the installation of this update, and will update this bulletin when more information becomes available. As an added precaution, Microsoft has removed the download links to the 2982385 security update.

September 10, 2014

MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

Microsoft Patch Tuesday this month 9.9.2014 (Sep 2014) highlights an IMPORTANT security bulletin MS14-055* (KB2990928) that affects various components in both Lync Server 2013 and Lync Server 2010.

  • KB2982390 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Web Components Server): September 9, 2014
  • KB2986072 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Server): September 9, 2014
  • KB2982389 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Response Group Service): September 9, 2014
  • KB2992965 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Core Components): September 9, 2014
  • KB2982385 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2010: September 9, 2014
  • KB2982388 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (Response Group Service): September 9, 2014

This aggregated severity rating has a maximum security impact listed as “Denial of Service” and “Information Disclosure”. Only applicable security patches need to be deployed (in any sequence) i.e. apply the RGS patch only when RGS is installed on your system.

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September 8, 2014

Lync SIP and SMTP Email Addresses - Same or Different (and How to Check)?

Not a must but certainly recommended as a design best practice is to match the (Lync) SIP address to that of the primary SMTP (email) address. A properly Lync enabled user via Lync Server Control Panel or Management Shell will have the msRTCSIP-PrimaryUserAddress AD attribute automatically populated. This must match the SipAddress attribute with a similar entry in the proxyAddresses multi-value attribute (the sip: prefix is important but not case).

With PowerShell, Get-CsUser returns an attribute WindowsEmailAddress. As it corresponds to the Active Directory attribute mail, checking for the same entry with the SMTP: prefix in proxyAddresses against SipAddress is one way to verify that all required attributes match up. The smtp prefix must be in capital letters to designate the primary SMTP Email address.

August 20, 2014

Update Digest II: Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update (Aug 2014)

You may come across another Aug 2014 cumulative update 5 for Lync Server 2013 as described in the listed KB Article:

August 2014 Cumulative Update 5.0.8308.738 for Lync Server 2013 (Front End Server and Edge Server)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2937310
version 5.0.8308.738

The download link provided in KB2937310 in fact brings you to the same CU5 “Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update KB 2809243″ (link) so you’re essentially covered.

In case you missed it …..

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