• Blog Post: Configuring PfSense as a Reverse Proxy for Lync Web Services

    Abstract: Lync Server Web Services are published on Internet via Reverse Proxy. In this article I will show how to configure PfSense (free Firewall solution based on Debian OS) to ask as Reverse Proxy for Lync Server 2010 and Lync Server 2013. Important: This configuration is not a solution that...
  • 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: Virtualization and Stress Testing White Papers for Lync Server 2013 Now Available for Download

    Author: Chris Dragich, Sr. Technical Writer, Lync Server Product version: Lync Server 2013 Microsoft has released two new white papers for Lync Server 2013 The Lync Server 2013 Virtualization White Paper provides guidance for planning a Lync Server deployment on virtual servers. As a real...
  • Blog Post: Managing Large and Structured Meetings with Lync 2010 whitepaper now available for download

    Abstract Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and the Microsoft Lync 2010 desktop client are very capable collaboration tools easily handling meetings between several online parties. Microsoft Lync 2010 is also able to handle larger meetings. However, to hold a successful larger meeting one will need to adopt...
  • Blog Post: Configure Failover Routing with AudioCodes Media Gateways: Part 3

    This is part three of a four-part article that explains how to configure AudioCodes Enhanced Gateway components for branch office locations. Correct gateway configuration ensures that your Lync Server 2010 environment will continue to function even if a Survivable Branch Server or Survivable Branch Appliance...
  • Blog Post: Next-Level Topologies for Archiving Server and Monitoring Server

    When designing Lync Server 2010 topologies there are multiple options available for deploying a Monitoring Server and an Archiving Server. Lync Server 2010 server roles, as well as their databases, can be collocated. Collocation improves network efficiency, increases flexibility, and reduces hardware...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 1 - Design a Site and Create a Topology

    This video helps get you started using the Lync Server Planning Tool to design sites and create your topology. Check it out. Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 1 - Design a Site and Create a Topology Lync Server Resources Lync Server 2010 documentation in the TechNet Library DrRez blog Lync...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Support Guidance for Lync 2010 on Windows 8 Clients and Lync Server 2010 on Windows Server 2012

    This Microsoft Support article describes the supportability for Microsoft Lync 2010 clients on Windows 8 client systems and for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 server roles on Windows Server 2012. Be advised, the following scenarios are currently not supported on a Windows Server 2012 operating system: ...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Visio and Excel Output from a TBXML File

    The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool is an interactive wizard that helps you design a Lync Server 2010 topology. The Planning Tool exports topology information as Microsoft Excel files, Microsoft Visio diagrams, and a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Topology Builder tbxml file. What do you do when...
  • Blog Post: Certificate Authentication in Lync Server 2010 and Enterprise PKI

    NTLM, Kerberos, and TLS-DSK are the three available authentication packages for registered Lync endpoints. By default, all Lync clients and Lync telephony devices authenticate against Lync servers using the new authentication package, TLS-DSK. This article explains which features in a Lync Server deployment...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2013: Using the DatabasePathMap Parameter to Deploy Databases

    By design, the Lync Server 2013 Deployment Wizard installs databases and log files in locations based on program logic that determines the optimal placement for a typical Lync Server environment. But what if your deployment requirements are unique and you need databases and log files in specific locations...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Lync Media to Bypass a VPN Tunnel

    Many organizations utilize Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to secure traffic when users are outside the corporate network. VPNs have numerous security benefits, but they can actually degrade the call experience for Microsoft Lync users. This occurs because Lync traffic is already secured. This article...
  • Blog Post: System Center Advisor for Lync Server 2010

    We’re excited to announce that System Center Advisor is now available for Lync! Not familiar with System Center Advisor? Let’s start with some background. System Center Advisor is a cloud service that enables IT pros to assess their server configuration and proactively avoid problems,...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Lync – Jump Start Series

    Check out this three-day course on Lync Server 2010 Configuration and Administration, which Brian R. Ricks and Aaron Steele presented to a worldwide audience of over 500 participants. This 18-part series covers all major Lync Server features and configurations, which will help students prepare for the...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010

    This video provides of an overview of the steps required when migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010. Watch the video at: Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010 Note: Migrating Office Communications Server 2007 to Lync Server 2010 should include...
  • Blog Post: Ten Tips (Plus One) for Implementing Lync Server

    IT deployments can get complicated in a hurry. Lync implementations are no exception – especially when your needs go past a simple Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition for internal instant messaging and presence. As complexity ramps up the need for planning and documentation become more critical ...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010

    This video provides of an overview of the steps required when migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010. Watch the video at: Migrating from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010 . Lync Server Resources Lync Server 2010 documentation in...
  • Blog Post: Configure Failover Routing with AudioCodes Media Gateways: Part 2

    This is part two of a four-part article that explains how to configure AudioCodes Enhanced Gateway components for branch office locations. Correct gateway configuration ensures that your Lync Server 2010 environment will continue to function even if a Survivable Branch Server or Survivable Branch Appliance...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Inter-tenant Federation for the Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting

    This article describes how to configure inter-tenant federation for tenants configured on the same Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting. This is necessary to resolve an issue with the Lync Server Multitenant Hosting Pack where tenant users cannot place PSTN calls to users in other tenants...
  • Blog Post: Planning and Designing a Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Solution – Jump Start Series

    Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Lync Server team partnered to bring you the information you need to plan and design Microsoft Lync Server 2010 solutions. This is an engaging, accelerated course. Attendees are expected to have experience in hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of unified...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Voice Webcast: June 1, 2012

    This webcast series focuses on Lync Server 2010 voice-related topics. The web clinics run each month and consist of the following sessions: Flexible Dial Plans , Using SIP Trunks with Lync Server 2010 , Lync Server 2010 More Than a PBX , Simple User Provisioning , and Voice Resiliency . In each of the...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Voice Webcast: May 4, 2012

    This webcast series focuses on Lync Server 2010 voice-related topics. The web clinics run each month and consist of the following sessions: Flexible Dial Plans , Using SIP Trunks with Lync Server 2010 , Lync Server 2010 More Than a PBX , Simple User Provisioning , and Voice Resiliency . In each of the...
  • Blog Post: Lync Firewall Rules Viewer

    Determining which ports to open and what direction to allow Lync Server 2010 traffic to travel through your firewalls is an important task. Lync administrators need to determine firewall rules and provide this information to their security administrator counterparts. Although this information is readily...
  • Blog Post: Lync Protocols and Ports for Windows Phone 7 Application

    The Lync Protocols and Ports app is now available for download from Windows Phone 7 Marketplace . This mobile application helps engineers, IT professionals, and field consultants configure the 15 most common communication points in a Lync environment. Using the Lync Protocols and Ports app, you can quickly...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Microsoft Message Queuing Issues on Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) plays an important role in the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring/Archiving server infrastructure: in a distributed network environment, MSMQ is used to transmit data from agents located on other servers (such as Front End Servers) to Monitoring/Archiving servers....