Category: Technology

Emoji URL’s are Cool

What’s an emoji URL? This is one: http://🍺🏈💻🎸.ws Go Ahead. Click it. I promise it’s safe. That’s an emoji URL. Pretty neat huh? Last night I accidentally stumbled across this article – You Can Now Visit Norwegian Airlines Using an All-Emoji URL That’s cool I thought. I wonder how it works. Which then led me …

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Windows 8.1 Apps Won’t Update

For the past year or so, my home Windows 8.1 PC wouldn’t update most of the apps. So as Microsoft has slowly improved the Music app, I’m not getting any of those benefits. Heck, the apps wouldn’t even start. Every so often I would spend an hour or two trying to fix this, eventually giving …

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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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