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Skype for Business Notes

I’ll be tracking my notes with installing and working with Skype for Business. 1. I did an in-place upgrade of my existing Lync 20reset-cspoolr13 pool and everything started up and appeared to be working fine. The upgraded pool is named “lyncpool.flinchbot.com” which is a bad name for a pool that actually contains Skype4B servers. So …

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Announcing the UC Now apps!

A few years ago I created a Lync “aggregator” which scours 120+ blogs and other related sites for Lync articles and posts what it finds to various places. You can see the output in Twitter, Twitter again, Bitly, Facebook, Google+,  Tumblr, and in various apps I’ve put out over the years. I’ve also added a …

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Auto Answer on Polycom VVX phones

An admin at one of the sites I help support asked me the other day if there is a way to have a Polycom handset automatically answer a call. I was initially confused as to what he meant. I thought maybe he meant forwarding the call to an AutoAttendant or another extension. (There is a …

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Deep Dive into the Set-CsPinSendCAWelcomeMail Cmdlet

We are rolling out a big dial-in conferencing project. As a good percentage of our users are not yet enabled for Enterprise Voice we are doing a lot of discussing and testing about how to get those users their PIN numbers. Without a LineURI defined, setting a PIN can be a challenge. Check these articles …

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Lync Regions and assigning Dial-In Conference Numbers

I consider myself really sharp at Lync. However there are still times when I have “duh” moments that I feel like I should have known for years. Since Lync is a pretty complex and varied system there are just some things I never sat down and properly figured out. Dial-In conferencing Regions is one of …

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Lync Regions and assigning Dial-In Conference Numbers

I consider myself really sharp at Lync. However there are still times when I have “duh” moments that I feel like I should have known for years. Since Lync is a pretty complex and varied system there are just some things I never sat down and properly figured out. Dial-In conferencing Regions is one of …

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HP Stream 8 review (+ Sway!)

I bought myself an HP Stream 8 a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago, Microsoft released their new “Sway” product. So I decided to put these 2 new things together and write a detailed review of the HP Stream 8 using Microsoft Sway. Follow this link to see it: https://sway.com/lH68Iw8cj5gXTyPw

Validate your Federated Domains

We have hundreds of federated partners defined in our Lync environment. Having this many invariably means that our federation with a partner “breaks” because the partner changes their Access Edge configuration. They could be using closed federation and changed their Access Edge DNS. They could have been configured for Open Federation and switched to closed. …

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Lync SBA’s: The Good The Bad, and The Annoying

If you’ve deployed Lync Enterprise Voice, you’ve at least had a discussion around Survivable Branch Appliances. You may have even deployed them. After having deployed (or assisted in deploying) and supported over 25 of them I’ve learned quite a few lessons about SBA’s that I thought I would share. First off: sizing. If you look …

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Moving Immovable Users

This is probably the first of a few blog posts regarding a problem we are facing with our Lync 2013 environment. In short, we have 2 corrupt routing groups right now. Users assigned to those routing groups are unable to add a contact to their buddy list and they cannot change their status. This tip …

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