Microsoft Lync PowerShell Cheat Sheet

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

Your can read about it and download it here:

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

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Troubleshooting Direct SIP to an IP-PBX 101

Here is a quick getting-started reference for debugging direct SIP traffic between OCS and an IP-PBX.

OCSLogger.exe Overview

The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Logging Tool (OCSLogger.exe) is installed by default on most OCS server roles. It can be used to capture logging and tracing information while the server is running. You can analyze protocol logs for the [...]

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 [...]

AD Attributes Required to Enable a User for OCS

As a follow-on to my popular post “Provisioning OCS From the Command Line”, several readers noted that they were in the situation where the OCS user had not been created (e.g. provisioned in AD). The AD user object exists, but that object has not been enabled for OCS. Until the user object is enabled for [...]

OCS Federated Partner Trust Level

I recently discovered the concept of ‘Trust Level’ with OCS federated partners (I thought all partners were treated equal once they were added as a federated partner).  It turns out that one partner can be ‘trusted’ more than another partner depending on how the federation is configured on the OCS 2007 R2 Access Edge.

The element [...]