Category: Technology

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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Quick & Dirty – Gather Shutdown Tracker Events

Today I had the need to see if my Front End servers were shut down “dirty’ and when. So I kicked out the following script.

Port 5088 Missing from Lync 2013 Documentation

We had an issue where users were able to sign in with Lync mobility but were unable to send and receive IM’s. There are 2 things to note about this scenario: 1. The users are homed on an SBA 2. There are firewalls between the SBA and the parent pool. So if you don’t have …

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Lync 2013 and Useless(?) Topology Updates

We noticed today (and a few days ago, for that matter) that our CMS Replication state was “False” an awful lot of the time. So much so that we thought our CMS Replication was broken. We failed over our CMS role1 the other day and, after coming back from lunch, all of our replicas were …

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Lync 2013 and Useless(?) Topology Updates

We noticed today (and a few days ago, for that matter) that our CMS Replication state was “False” an awful lot of the time. So much so that we thought our CMS Replication was broken. We failed over our CMS role1 the other day and, after coming back from lunch, all of our replicas were …

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New Windows Phone UC App

About 2 years ago I released the Lync News app for Windows Phone. Today that app has been retired and replaced with “flinchböt on UC“, an app which covers Lync as well as Exchange and has a fairly terrible name (I was in a hurry and didn’t give the name any thought.). The new app is …

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