Top 10 Facts for Planning a Lync 2010 Client Deployment

New post on InsideLync.com: Top 10 Facts for Planning a Lync 2010 Client Deployment.

Microsoft Lync Remote PowerShell Administration

A new post on InsideLync.com – Microsoft Lync Remote PowerShell Administration (http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/08/remote-lync-powershell-administration/).

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 [...]

The Lync Server Databases

I new post I just finished which covers the types and uses of databases in Lync server:

> http://blog.insidelync.com/2011/04/the-lync-server-databases/

Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing

the pricing for Lync was publicly made available recently and can be viewed here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx.
It follows the same Server/Client Access License (CAL) model as OCS 2007 R2, which essentially has 3 types of licenses you may need to purchase:
1. A Lync Server 2010 License:  this is required for each operating system running Lync Server.
2. Client [...]

OCS 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 7 (CU7) is Available

A new update is available for components of the OCS 2007 R2 server.

The download and details are availalble here: Microsoft KB article 968802 (”Updates for Communications Server 2007 R2″): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968802.
Included in this update is a fixe for the Response Group Service (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2400367/), and fixes the previous CU6 issue with the Response Group Service issue (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2400367/).
There [...]

Noteworthy Updates: SQL 2008 R2 Support, CU6, & Communications Server 2010

Three recent OCS developments you should be aware of:

1] Communications Server 2007 R2 Does Not Support Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

An official statement was released regarding OCS 2007 R2 not supporting SQL Server 2008 R2 for the back-end database. The primary reason is that OCS 2007 R2 hasn’t been tested with SQL Server 2008 R2 [...]

OCS and .NET Framework 4.0 Issues

A quick update on the reported issues with installing OCS 2007 R2 on machines that have .NET 4.0.

In a nutshell, if you try to install any of the OCS 2007 R2 roles or Group Chat Server, on a server that has the .NET 4.0 Framework installed along side the .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework [...]

Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 Update

There is a new (July 2010) update for Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2. KB article 969816 describes the issues that it fixes (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969816). The issues that this update addresses are below.
You can download the update here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=93062936-f216-4d97-aa13-105a20454322.
Note: Microsoft recommends that you uninstall all prior versions of Communicator Mobile before installing the new version.
Issues that this [...]

Managing the OCS 2007 R2 QoE and CDR Data

The Call Detail Record (CDR) and Quality of Experience (QoE) data available through the OCS 2007 R2 Monitoring Server role enables very good usage and quality of experience reporting.  This blog post covers how to estimate the size of the database, and how to manage the database data rentention and purge time.

1) QoE and CDR Database [...]