New Releases: OCS November Updates & the Lync Resource Kit Tools

The November 2010 updates were just released for OCS 2007 R2 and the Clients (Communicator, Communicator Phone Edition, Live Meeting, and the Live Meeting Add-In). As Aaron Tiensivu reports, this round of udpates is apparently the true CU7 (the previous release was apparently just a CU6 add-on hotfix for the Routing Group Service).

OCS 2007 R2 [...]

5 Tips for Configuring a Voice Gateway with Lync 2010

This post provides 5 useful tips I found while recently configuring Lync inbound and outbound PSTN calling through an AudioCodes voice gateway – including some new features in Lync that made the job easier.

Tip #1: Use the new ‘Test Voice Routing’ Feature in the Lync Control Panel

The Test Voice Routing feature (in the “Voice Routing” section [...]

Microsoft Lync Launch Recap

If you missed todays official Microsoft Lync Launch event, here is a recap of the highlights:

Lync will be Generally Available on Dec 1, 2010 in  38 languages in 150 countries around the world.
Bill Gates made an special appearance over high definition video.  He referred to Lync as being the most important productivity tool for the [...]

Microsoft Lync RTM Documentation Available

A quick post in case anyone missed it, the full set of Microsoft Lync RTM documentation is now available on TechNet at:


This is an impressive set of initial Lync documents all in one place – everything from Planning, Deployment, Migration, Operations, and the Database Schema for the CDR and QoE databases.  They can be viewed [...]

Microsoft Lync Server Certificates – What’s New & Tips

Like its predecessor, Microsoft OCS, Microsoft Lync Server 2010 relies heavily on PKI certificates to allow servers to verify their identity in TLS connections with clients, and in mutual TLS (MTLS) connections to other servers.

Unlike OCS, certificates cannot be viewed or managed directly in the management console. Nowhere in the Lync Control Panel can you [...]