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Issue Joining Live Meeting Meetings on Lync Server 2010
Update 1/30/13 - Lync Server 2010: January 2013 Cumulative Updates have been released which fixes this issue. You can download the latest updates here: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2791665 . I ran into this issue at a customer the other day. They are in the process of migrating from OCS 2007...
2 Dec 2012
Issue when Running New/Set-CsHealthMonitoringConfiguration
I was trying to setup synthetic transactions in my lab today and I ran across an issue when configuring the sAMAccountName in the PowerShell cmdlet. I created two users, CsHealthMonitoring1 & CsHealthMonitoring2. Running the following cmdlet: New-CsHealthMonitoringConfiguration -Identity ls14pool...
18 Jul 2011
How to Verify if Schema Prep Completed Successfully
Update 11/26/12 - Updated Lync Server 2013 schema version for RTM. Update 7/19/12 - Added Lync Server 2013 schema version. Update 10/6/10 - Added Lync Server 2010 schema version. Verifying that SchemaPrep completed successfully before turning back on outbound replication on the Schema Master in AD...
24 Sep 2009
How to Configure DHCP Scope Options for Lync Server 2010 Using Infoblox DHCP Appliance
Update 7/10/13 - Added some additional recommendations when configuring the scope options. Configuring the DHCP scope options for Windows DHCP servers is a simple task. Configuring them for a non-Windows DHCP server is a whole other story. I've run into a couple customers running Infoblox DHCP appliances...
21 Aug 2011
What FQDN to use when Setting Up OWA/Lync Integration?
I was setting up OWA/Lync integration in my lab and ran into an interesting issue. After completing all the necessary steps, I logged into OWA as a test user and got the following error message: "Instant Messaging isn't available right now. The Contact List will appear when the service becomes available...
22 Dec 2011
Sample Lync Server Archiving Report Available
Update 11/26/13 - I have release an updated version of the reports. This version of the reports includes a Dashboard. See the changelog below for more details on what's new. The Sample Lync Server Archiving Report is an update to the popular Sample OCS Archiving Report , however this report has been...
3 Jun 2013
Configure the Domains that User Replicator Searches
Update 6/19/12 - Updated post with cmdlet for Lync Server 2010. A common issue that occurs in a multi-domain forest, is that most of the time, not all of your domains contain users that are going to be SIP-enabled. Unfortunately, when User Replicator runs, it tries to connect to all domains in the...
25 Sep 2009
Issue when installing Lync Server 2010 Edge Server with Computer Name
I was setting up a Lync Server 2010 Edge Server in my lab and I wondered what would happen if I didn't configure the full computer name on the Edge Server. In previous OCS 2007 environments, I've seen this happen where the domain name is not configured and the full computer name is left as just the computer...
16 Oct 2010
How to Get the Last Time a User Registered with a Front End
Update 10/31/13 - Added an additional SQL query if you have the Monitoring Server available. A question that comes up from customers from time to time is how do I get a list of what users are actually using OCS/Lync? While there's no built in report to easily tell you what users are actually signing...
11 May 2011
Issues with MRAS and Limited External Calling
This week I ran into two interesting issues, both around MRAS and the clients displaying Limited External Calling. So what is MRAS anyway? MRAS (Media Relay Authentication Service) is a service on the Edge Server that is responsible for providing credentials to clients in order for them to be able to...
22 Jun 2012
How to Change the File Store Location for a Lync Server 2010 Pool
Moving the File Store location to a different server or share is possible, just like it was in OCS 2007 R2. The nice thing about Lync Server 2010 is that since all the configuration information is stored in the Central Management Store (CMS), you don't have to worry about making changes in WMI. In...
6 Jun 2011
Issue with Move-CsManagementServer and Offline File Store
Update 4/10/11 - Lync Server 2010 CU2 has been released which fixes this issue. You can download the latest updates here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/gg131945 . With OCS I would often see customers locate their shared folders on one of the front ends in the pool. This of course wasn't...
21 Dec 2010
Lync Server 2010 Threshold Files for PAL Available
The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter log and analyzes it using known thresholds. The Lync Server 2010 Threshold files help you to identify performance issues on your Lync Server 2010 Servers. Files are included for the following roles...
19 Nov 2013
Fun with .NET Regular Expression
I got asked an interesting question by a colleague the other day...What is the best way to normalize a 5 digit range, i.e. 53574-53899? The question seems easy enough, but in reality it's slightly harder than you would think. Most people think that this will do the trick: ^([53574-53899])$ But...
4 May 2012
How to Get a List of Client Versions and the Users Logged into Them
Another question that comes up from customers, especially when we're talking about migrations and updating clients, is how do I figure out which users are running the old version of the client? You can run the following queries* to pull back the user's SIP URI and the client version that they're signed...
15 Jun 2011
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 RC Now Available
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 provides complete presence, instant messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a single, easy-to-use interface that is consistent across PC, browser, and mobile device. You can Architect your deployment for high availability using data center resiliency...
13 Sep 2010
Issue when Moving Legacy Users to a Lync Server 2010 Pool using HLB
This issue has come up a couple of times when customers are trying to move legacy users to a Lync Server 2010 pool that is behind a hardware load balancer (HLB). When trying to move the legacy user, Move-CsLegacyUser returns the following error: Unable to connect to some of the servers in pool "<pool...
19 Dec 2010
Microsoft Lync Naming Convention
With the release of the Microsoft Lync and the change in name, here's how the new naming convention compairs with the existing product names. Product New Name Old Name Family Microsoft Lync Microsoft Office Communications Server Microsoft Lync Server 2010...
13 Sep 2010
Issue when Viewing Monitoring Server Reports
I've run into this a couple times at customers when deploying the Monitoring Server reports, especially when Reporting Services is installed on a node in a SQL cluster. The reports publish fine, but when you click on the link under View Monitoring Server reports in the Lync Server Control Panel, you...
26 Feb 2011
What Happens During SchemaPrep in Lync Server 2010?
Lync Server 2010, just like previous versions of OCS, has new Active Directory schema that needs to be loaded before you can install any server roles. In Lync Server 2010 the new schema is split up into four different files: BackCompatSchema.ldf ExternalSchema.ldf ServerSchema.ldf VersionSchema...
20 Oct 2010
Another Reason to Include a Director in Your Lync Server 2010 Deployment
Update 1/1/11 - Updated post with more information on what happens with an Enterprise Edition pool and how EndpointConfiguration.cache adds a wrinkle to the whole process. In Lync Server 2010 the Director is now a dedicated role. Because there's an actual Director role now you don't have to worry...
26 Dec 2010
Enabling Topology - Completed with Errors (Error Code 2310)
An issue I ran into when trying to publish my topology is that it would complete with errors when trying to do the enabling topology step: Looking at the log, I can see that I'm getting the following errors when it trys to connect to the share: Error: Error accessing share \\BETA-LS14-SE1.beta...
15 Sep 2010
Issue with LSCP on Standard Edition with Collocated Mediation Server
The issue is that you can't get to the Lync Server 2010 Control Panel (LSCP). If you have a Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Server with collocated Mediation Server using a dedicated IP address, you will run into this issue. In Topology Builder I have a Standard Edition Server configured as below: ...
20 Dec 2010
How to Update Windows Firewall Rules for Lync Server 2010 After Installation
I had a question from a customer the other day about how to add the firewall rules for Lync Server 2010 to the Windows Firewall after installation. Unlike in the OCS days, adding the firewall rules back to the Windows Firewall is rather simple. This issue comes up because in some environments the Windows...
25 May 2012
Installing IIS Role Services for Lync Server 2010
Update 2/13/12 - Added Dynamic Content Compression for Lync Mobility. The following IIS role services must be installed before attempting to install this product: Web Server Common HTTP Features Static Content Default Document HTTP Errors Application Development ...
14 Sep 2010
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