• Blog Post: Demo Scripts for Using Remote Windows PowerShell to Manage Office 365 Now Available

    A set of sample scripts that enable users to explore the use of remote Windows PowerShell as a tool for managing Office 365 in general, and Lync Online in particular, are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Author: Barry Castle, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Reviewer: Greg Stemp, Sr...
  • Blog Post: Introducing DNS Load Balancing in Lync Server 2010

    DNS load balancing is introduced in Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The objective of DNS load balancing is to reduce the need for a Hardware Load Balancer (HLB) for SIP-based load balancing. HLB is both expensive and hard to configure. In addition, HLBs aren’t application-aware; they cannot support...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Operations Guide Now Available

    The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Operations Guide provides guidance on procedures that should be considered to fully incorporate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 into an existing IT operational framework as well as how existing procedures should be expanded to make Communications...
  • Blog Post: Supportability for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    We are pleased to announce to our Microsoft Unified Communications customers that Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is now supported by the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory directory service deployments when Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is installed on a domain member...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2012: Lync Sessions

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be-released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. TechEd offers hands-on learning, deep product exploration...
  • Blog Post: How to use the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit Script LCSEnableConfigureUsers

    The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 version of the LCSREnableConfigureUsers windows scripting file provides Office Communications Server 2007 R2 administrators with an unrestricted way to enable and configure Active Directory Domain Services user accounts for use with Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: How to Trace a Malicious Call Using Lync Server 2010

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 provides a new Enterprise Voice functionality called Malicious Call Tracing . In this blog post and accompanying video, I’ll show you how to enable this feature, report a malicious call, and locate evidence of a malicious call. Author : Sasa Juratovic Publication...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Monitoring and Archiving MSMQ Reliability Enhancements

    This article highlights the ways in which Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring/Archiving server improves data transmission using Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ). Authors : Weiming Shen, Xu Liu, and Clark Chen Publication date : May 2011 Product version : Lync Server 2010 The Microsoft Lync...
  • 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: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Disaster Recovery Plan, Part 2

    This two-part article outlines a step-by-step disaster recovery process for a single Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Front End Server. In Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Disaster Recovery Plan, Part 1 we discuss how to prepare an effective disaster recovery plan. In Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Group Policy Field Guide

    How can you be sure you're using the right Communicator 2007 R2 policies for your organization? And how do you know you're configuring them correctly? Read on to find out. Author: Michele Martin Publication date: March 2010 Product version: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 32-Bit Tools: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Deployment and Management

    Author: Rick Kingslan Publication date: December 2009 Product version: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Office Communications Server 2007 R2, among many other things, introduced one big change that has caused some challenges for administrators. Office Communications Server 2007...
  • Blog Post: Specifying the SQL Instance when Creating an Enterprise Pool

    Author: Mitch Duncan Publication date: November 2009 Product version: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition When running Office Communications Server Setup to create an Enterprise pool, the Create Enterprise Pool Wizard requires a SQL Server instance as shown...
  • Blog Post: Ten Steps to PowerShell Scripting with Office Communications Server 2007 R2

    Windows PowerShell can be used as a management tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. PowerShell is one of most versatile scripting environments available on the market today. This powerful new cross-platform scripting tool can be used with all versions of Office Communications Server...
  • Blog Post: Ten Things You Might Not Know About Group Policy and Office Communicator

    Microsoft offers Communicator 2007 R2 administrators a variety of Active Directory hosted group policies that can be used to enhance the many powerful features of its Communicator 2007 R2 unified communications client. This article gives you a list of ten Communicator 2007 R2 group policies that when...
  • Blog Post: A Script-Based Approach to Deploying or Upgrading Office Communicator and the Office Live Meeting 2007 Client

    This article discusses a Microsoft Windows Script Host deployment script that provides a complimentary or a complete solution for deploying or upgrading Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2, the Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 client, and the Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook to desktop...
  • Blog Post: Move the Lync Server 2010 Archiving Service Database (LcsLog) to a new Instance of SQL Server

    The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software, Archiving Server adds the Lync Server 2010 Archiving service to your deployment. This service and its associated database, LcsLog, store and provision compliance—data for instant messaging that you don’t want to lose. One way to help...
  • Blog Post: Change a Pool Database Instance when the Pool Hosts the Central Management Server

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software introduces the Central Management Server role. By design, this server role does not allow you to alter the back-end database that is used by the Central Management store until you move this role to a new pool. This article explains the steps required...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Disaster Recovery Plan, Part 1

    This two-part article outlines a step-by-step disaster recovery process for a single Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Front End Server. In Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition Disaster Recovery Plan, Part 1 , we discuss how to prepare an effective disaster recovery plan. In Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Archiving Server

    If you are having problems with Archiving Server, it is recommended that you use the following process to try and troubleshoot these problems. Authors : Weiming Shen, Xu Liu, and Clark Chen Publication date : May 2011 Product version : Lync Server 2010 If you are having problems with Archiving...
  • Blog Post: DNS Load Balancing in Lync Server 2010

    DNS load balancing is introduced in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. The objective of DNS load balancing is to provide a native load balancing mechanism option in Lync Server 2010. DNS load balancing can be quickly and easily configured in Lync Server 2010 and is a very cost effective...
  • Blog Post: Procedures for Performing a Disaster Recovery Failover in Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server

    If you use Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server for mission-critical business purposes, as many customers do, you must ensure that your organization will be able to maintain Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat Server communications even when an entire site...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Service Account Passwords

    Have your service account passwords ever expired unexpectedly? Do you have a policy in place for updating your service account passwords? Read on for details about managing your service account passwords. Author: Dr. Rez Publication date: March 2010 Product version: Office Communications Server...
  • Blog Post: Procedures for Performing a Disaster Recovery Failover in Lync Server 2010, Group Chat

    If you use Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Group Chat for mission-critical business purposes, as many customers do, you must ensure that your organization can maintain Lync Server 2010, Group Chat communications even when an entire site, including the Microsoft Lync Server Enterprise pool that hosts Lync...
  • Blog Post: Database Installation Using Lync Server Management Shell

    Separation of roles and responsibilities between server administrators and SQL Server administrators can result in delays in implementation. Microsoft Lync Server 2010 uses role-based access control (RBAC) to mitigate these difficulties. In some instances, the SQL Server administrator must manage...