Category: Skype for Business

Speakerphone Audio Quality Comparison

While there are a lot of reviews for Skype for Business certified speakerphones, I have never come across a review that lets you hear what they sound like. I took the three speaker phones I have (caveat: all given to me for free by the vendors) and made some recordings for you to hear. I …

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Have an AudioCodes SBA? Check for Temp spam.

If you have an AudioCodes SBA, it may be worth peeking into your c:\windows\Temp directory. AudioCodes has a Windows service named “BoaService”. This service collects the status of Lync Services and helps drive the SBA management page. This is the page you use when you initially configure the SBA. It looks like this: There is …

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Skype for Business Debugging Tools

Note: Updated 28 August 2015 to reflect changes in newer version. ———– I’m surprised no one has written about this yet. If someone has, please let me know and I’ll give you props and a link right up top. Until then…. The Skype for Business debugging tools are a replacement for the Lync Server Debugging …

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Sennheiser SP 20 ML Speakerphone Review

Just so you know, I was given this free from Sennheiser. Keep that in mind while reading. I work from home about one day a week. When working from home I use a speakerphone instead of a headset. For the past year or so, that speakerphone was the Plantronics Calisto P825-M. Yesterday I received the Sennheiser …

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My Whole World Has Changed

I had been using Yahoo! Pipes for over 3 years to drive the Lync News/Skype for Business News aggregator. About 2 weeks ago, Yahoo! announced that they were killing off this service in the August/September time frame. This caused me some consternation. Not because I didn’t see it coming – Yahoo! hasn’t updated the thing …

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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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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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PortQueryUI Config.xml File for Lync

**Updated 2016-10-07** At work we often use the Port Querycommand to test connectivity to services running on servers. We have a bunch of firewalls scattered all over the place and most of the time issues with Lync are due to firewall updates not having been made. The advantage to PortQry is that it can probe …

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