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Calls Not Completing for user with “Non-Western European” characters

This topic has already been covered in Spanish here  and in German hier. I am just adding an English language version because I recently ran into the same issue and there is no blog in English about it. If I ever wondered why we buy support from gateway vendors, this issue validated it for me. We were …

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Quick RegEx Trick

I thought I blogged this but I guess I didn’t. So I am posting this mostly to save myself time finding this the next time I look for it. I had a regular expression that returned 2 variables. Here is what I wanted: $1555$2. However Lync interprets “$1555” as a variable instead of what I want …

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Script: Query Front Ends for Specific Event Log ID’s

I was troubleshooting today with my main Lync man “JP” (who chooses to remain anonymous). Part of our troubleshooting was checking against 6 (and sometimes 12) front ends to see if a specific Event ID appeared in Event Viewer. This was tedious, going to each server and then a lot of them getting no results. …

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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