InsideOCS Officially Transitions to InsideLync

A quick note to confirm, if you already have not noticed :-) , that InsideOCS has long since transitioned to InsideLync.com.

All of the blog content will remain up and all of the tools will still remain available (and are available through InsideLync.com), but no new content will be published on InsideOCS.com.

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds accordingly to get the latest tips, tricks, and insight into Microsoft Lync and Skype.

The new RSS feeds link for InsideLync.com is http://blog.insidelync.com/feed/.

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Microsoft Lync 2013, Exchange 2013, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 RTM

Tonight Microsoft announced that Lync, Exchange, Office, and SharePoint 2013 have all acheived the Release to Manufacturing milestone.  More details can be found here on InsideLync.com:  Microsoft Lync 2013 – Ready for Takeoff!

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The Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store (UCS)

A new post on InsideLync.com which describes the new Unified Contact store in the Lync Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2013 Preview and gives some important tips for configuring this feature.

http://blog.insidelync.com/2012/08/the-lync-2013-preview-unified-contact-store-ucs/.

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Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013 Preview

A new post on InsideLync.com which explains the Lync Server 2013 Preview’s use of the Office Web Apps Server and pointers on installing it: Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013 Preview.

Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013 Previ
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July 2012 Updates to OCS 2007 R2

There were some updates released yesterday for Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.

I haven’t had a chance to look at them in detail, but they all look mostly related to the Group Chat functionality:

These updates bring the build number up to 3.5.6907.258.

The noteworthy hotfix that is addressed is the delay when adding a member to a Group Chat room.

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Microsoft Lync 2013 Preview Released!

See the new post on InsideLync.com: http://blog.insidelync.com/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-preview-released/.

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A Primer on Lync Audio Quality Metrics

A new post on InsideLync.com which provides a primer on interpreting audio quality metrics in the Lync server Monitoring reports: http://blog.insidelync.com/2012/06/a-primer-on-lync-audio-quality-metrics/.


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The Lync 2010 Client Audio Codec Selection in Conferences

A new post on InsideLync.com explaining a behavior change in the audio codec selection by the Lync 2010 client in conferences: http://blog.insidelync.com/2012/06/the-lync-2010-client-audio-codec-selection-in-conferences/

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Customizing the Join Meeting Experience in Lync

A new post on InsideLync.com showing how to customize several aspects of the join meeting experience in Lync 2010: Customizing the Join Meeting Experience in Lync.

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Saving OCS User Settings Before a Lync Migration

During an OCS to Lync migration, existing OCS user settings, including user policies, are transitioned to Lync when the OCS pool is merged into the Lync deployment and OCS users are migrated from their home OCS pool to the Lync pool.

In many cases it is helpful to ensure that this transition was done properly and users have equivalent Lync functionality to what they had in OCS after the migration. But how do you verify this once the users have already been migrated over?

Answer: do a quick backup of your OCS user settings before you migrate your users. This gives you the ability to make sure that a user who was enabled for Public Instant Messaging for example (aka PIC) is also enabled for PIC after the user account has been migrated to Lync.

Below is small VBScript that you can customize to backup the existing OCS user settings. The script enumerates through all OCS enabled users and makes use of the OCS WMI MSFT_SIPESUserSetting class to access their current OCS settings, and outputs it to a file called called OCSUsers.txt:

Set objFSO = CreateObject(”Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(”OCSusers.txt”, True)

objFile.WriteLine “Starting…”

strComputer = “.”

Set objWMIService = GetObject(”winmgmts:” _
& “{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\” _
& strComputer & “\root\cimv2″)

Set colSoftware = objWMIService.ExecQuery(”select * from MSFT_SIPESUserSetting”)

For Each objItem in colSoftware
objFile.WriteLine “OCS User Name: ” & objItem.DisplayName
objFile.WriteLine “PrimaryURI: ” & objItem.primaryURI
objFile.WriteLine “Enabled for Enhanced Presence: “  & objItem.EnabledForEnhancedPresence
objFile.WriteLine “Remote Access: “  & objItem.EnabledForInternetAccess
objFile.WriteLine “Federation: “  & objItem.EnabledForFederation
objFile.WriteLine “Public IM: “  & objItem.PublicNetworkEnabled

objFile.WriteLine “Location Profile: “  & objItem.LocationProfile
objFile.WriteLine “Meeting Policy: “  & objItem.MeetingPolicy

objFile.WriteLine “—————————————————-”
Next

Customize the script to include whatever OCS user settings are important in your environment by adding a objFile.WriteLine line with an OCS user property from the WMI MSFT_SIPESUserSetting class. All the user properties are available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd167418(v=office.13).aspx.

Save the above script to a *.vbs file (e.g. OCSUsers.vbs).  To execute it, just type the script name on a command line in a regular cmd window.

Note: if the OCS user policy value is blank for a user, the setting is to use the default Global policy setting.

While a script like this is good for a one-time verification, if you have larger user inventory and usage reporting needs, there are 3rd-party products such as Quest MessageStats which provide these types of reports for both OCS and Lync.

For more information on OCS to Lync migrations, see:

  1. Migration from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg413057.aspx
  2. Lync & OCS Migration Top 10: http://blog.insideocs.com/2011/01/11/lync-ocs-migration-top-10/
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