Configuring User Federation, Remote Access, and Public IM in Lync

If you have existing scripts for OCS user configuration that are being re-purposed for Lync, this blog post might be helpful: http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/05/configuring-user-federation-remote-access-and-public-im-in-lync/.

Integrating OCS 2007 R2 and Polycom Telepresence

A quick tip to anyone integrating the Polycom HDX 8000 video conferencing unit with Microsoft OCS 2007 R2.
When you create the OCS 2007 R2 user to be used for the Polycom HDX 8000 (aka Conference Room User), a key requirement is that this OCS 2007 R2 user CANNOT be fully enabled for Enhanced Presence (by [...]

New OCS 2007 R2 Updates & Microsoft Federated Edge Server IP Address Change

A new round of OCS 2007 R2 client and server updates were released today – collectively known as OCS 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 8 (CU 8).  Note: some links will not be available until late next week.

Client Updates

Office Communicator 2007 R2
KB Article 2501722
Microsoft Download Link

Group Chat Client 2007 R2
KB [...]

Microsoft Lync PowerShell Cheat Sheet

I just posted my Microsoft Lync PowerShell Cheat Sheet on a new blog dedicated to Microsoft Lync: InsideLync.com.

Your can read about it and download it here: http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/02/microsoft-lync-powershell-cheat-sheet/.

In a nutshell it is a quick reference card for PowerShell use with Lync Server 2010.

January Updates for Lync Server 2010

In case you missed it, there were some recent updates to Lync Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2493736.

Updates are available for these Lync components:

Administrative Tools
Update for Core Components
Update for Conferencing Server
Update for Web Components Server

Also, if you are using Communicator Mobile component alongside Lync Server 2010, there is a recent package update available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=73b0007b-3a91-4ad5-bc66-26a745337e00.

Lync and OCS Administration Tools

A quick post with 5 key reminders about administering OCS and Lync in a coexistence scenario. As with previous OCS/Lync releases, the general rule is that you must use the administrative tools that ship with the server version that you want to manage.

1. The Lync Server Administration Tools Cannot be Installed Alongside the OCS 2007 [...]

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 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:

> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398616.aspx.

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 [...]