• Blog Post: Lync 2010 Windows desktop client is now officially supported in Lync hybrid deployments

    We received a lot of questions about, and requests for, support for Lync 2010 Windows desktop client in a Lync hybrid deployment. After a round of testing, we are happy to announce that the Lync 2010 Windows desktop client is now officially supported for Lync users in a hybrid deployment, including users...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release of the Lync Server 2013 On-Premises Architectures Poster

    Author: Ken Withee, Sr. Technical Writer for Lync Server The Lync Server 2013 On-Premises Architectures poster is designed to provide architectural guidance for planning and deployment. The poster contains information about common components of Lync Server, terminology used when planning a deployment...
  • Blog Post: Updates Available for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Group Chat

    The Communications Server Products team has released updates for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Group Chat. Updates Resource Center for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Clients Updates for Communications Server 2007 R2 Description of the...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices Analyzer for Lync Server 2010 Now Available

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer automates the verification of settings and the status of components in your Lync Server 2010 environment. Author : Peter Schmatz and Linda Wells Publication date : February 2011 Product version : Microsoft Lync Server 2010 You...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Considerations for Switching from a Legacy PBX to Communications Server

    When making long-term plans for your organization’s IT strategy, the elements that make up your voice system should be carefully considered. This article explores the question: Should you retain your existing PBX or replace it with a software-based solution? Author: Adam Jacobs Publication...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Release

    As Microsoft launches Lync Server 2010, the Lync Server IT pro documentation team launches their library portal and Tech Center pages with first-run videos, an updated Lync Server protocol poster and, of course, our blog ecosystem to rapidly respond to your requests and hear what you think. Author...
  • Blog Post: IM an Expert for Lync Server 2010 Ships

    IM an Expert for Lync Server 2010 released on March 22, 2011. IM an Expert was created through a cross-team effort between members of MS Research, Lync Product Team, and Office Content Publishing. This project started as a "cool idea" and evolved into an application that customers are anxiously awaiting...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Load Balancer Partners

    This page describes which Server Load Balancer partners have completed interoperability qualification testing with Lync Server 2010 and contains pointers to accompanying deployment white papers hosted by the partner. Usage For qualification, Lync Server 2010 requires integrating hardware load...
  • Blog Post: Group Chat 2010 Support for SQL 2008 R2

    Today we are pleased to announce support for SQL Server 2008 R2 for Group Chat 2010 Server databases. Author: Terry Adams Publication date: 12/09/11 Product version: Group Chat Server 2010 Keywords: Group Chat 2010 supportability; SQL 2008 R2 The Lync Server product team has completed...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Visio Stencil

    Creating visual representations of your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications server topology can be a helpful way to communicate your Lync Server 2010 deployment architecture. Using standard Microsoft Visio stencils helps those in your organization see how traffic flows between server roles...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications and Its Impact on IT and the Business from Delivery to a Year and Beyond

    With businesses trying to cut costs and build on existing IT investments, vendors are keen to follow suit by educating their customers about Unified Communications (UC). More often than not, UC can take on many shapes and sizes depending upon the preferred flavor, but one thing remains the same: optimization...
  • Blog Post: Update: Configuring Lync Client Access Capabilities to Meet Client Access License Requirements

    This article outlines the specific parameters within Lync Server policies and settings that can be configured and applied to groups of users. These parameters control which users have access to what functionality based on the Client Access License (CAL) requirements that apply to these users. September...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Topology Builder: Create Your First Pool

    This video guides you through the process of setting up the first pool in a Lync Server 2010 deployment using topology builder. Check it out at: Topology Builder: Create Your First Pool . Lync Server Resources Lync Server 2010 documentation in the TechNet Library DrRez blog Lync Server...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Lync Partner Connect!

    Do you have or are you considering a UC practice based on Microsoft Lync Server 2010? Lync Partner Connect is the new online sales and marketing community where partners can connect with Microsoft and each other to stay up to date on news, hot topics, best practices, training opportunities, and other...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Edge Server Reference Architecture Diagrams Available for Download

    Based on customer demand, the Edge Server Reference Architecture diagrams are now available in the Microsoft Download Center. You can customize and use these diagrams to plan your deployment. Author : Rick Varvel Publication date : March 14, 2011 Product version : Lync Server 2010 ...
  • Blog Post: Using Lync Server 2010 with a Custom SQL Server Network Configuration

    When deploying Lync Server 2010 in a large organization, you are likely to encounter custom Microsoft SQL Server network configurations, such as running the SQL Server back-end instance on a non-standard static SQL port or the requirement to run with the SQL Server Browser service disabled. This article...
  • Blog Post: Running Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in a Virtualized Topology

    This article gives you an overview of Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2008 and how you can run Office Communications Server in a virtualized environment. Read this article to hit the highlights and then let it lead you to the detailed white paper "Running Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2...
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Protocol Workloads Poster

    The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software protocol workloads poster shows the protocols that are used by each workload in Lync Server 2010, describing relationships, dependencies, the servers that initiate connections, and certificate requirements. This poster provides a snapshot of the...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Tool: Address Book Service Configuration Tool

    The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit tool, Address Book Service Configuration Tool, provides Active Directory Domain Services attribute changes and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) configuration updates to the Address Book Service (ABS) settings. This tool can be used...
  • Blog Post: Support for Service Pack Updates in Lync Server 2010 and Office Communications Server

    Customers deploying Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, and Office Communications Server 2007 will encounter a service pack update for Windows Server operating system and Microsoft SQL Server database software used in the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Mac Users: Download Lync for Mac 2011 Today

    Working on a Mac in Office 365 just got better. Lync for Mac 2011 is now available to all Office 365 users who are licensed to use Lync Online. Author : Rory Conway Publication date : November 16, 2011 Lync for Mac 2011 enables Mac users to see their colleagues’ online presence while working...
  • Blog Post: Notes from the Field: Three Unified Communications Success Criteria Every IT Team Should Consider

    The Microsoft Lync Server technical community is full of knowledgeable IT professionals who work tirelessly to share their wealth of hard-earned experience and expertise with the world. They blog, tweet, deliver presentations, and answer questions in the forums to help foster expert knowledge for administrators...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program

    The Microsoft Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program is now updated for Lync Server 2010. Here you will find information on enterprise telephony services and infrastructure, including qualified SIP Trunking Services, E911 Service Providers, Survivable Branch Appliances, SIP-PSTN gateways...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Microsoft Federated Edge Server IP Address Change May 9th, 2014

    Microsoft's federated Edge server is being upgraded, which includes an IP address change. Author : Tom Laciano Publication date : March 8, 2011 Updated: April 29, 2014 Modification date : April 21, 2011 Product versions : Lync Server 2010, Lync Server 2013 Effective May 9th,...
  • Blog Post: Lync Wikis—Start a Wild and Wooly Conversation

    Did you know that you can post content for Lync on the TechNet Wiki anytime you have an interesting scenario to share or want input from other knowledgeable folks on an issue you encountered? And you don’t have to be Ernest Hemingway , because wikis are informal, rapid delivery, anyone-can-play...