• 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: 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: Updated: Creating a Certificate Revocation List Distribution Point for Your Internal Certification Authority

    Certificates rely on certification authorities to maintain an updated list of revoked certificates issued by the public key infrastructure. Certificates are revoked for a number of reasons—not all revocations are for compromised certificates or nefarious reasons. It is essential that when a computer...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 2 - Prepare Data for Import into Topology Builder

    This video guides you through more detailed decisions around your supported user population and requirements in preparation for importing your data into Topology Builder. Check it out: Lync Server Planning Tool: Part 2 - Prepare Data for Import into Topology Builder . Lync Server Resources Lync...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Migration Strategy White Paper

    The Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Migration Strategy white paper is now available from the Microsoft Download Center . This white paper outlines a migration strategy for migrating from Live Communications Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Lync Server 2010...
  • Blog Post: Configure Failover Routing with AudioCodes Media Gateways: Part 1

    This is part one 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: Lync Wiki: Getting Started with Proposing a Deployment for a Small Lync Implementation

    Are you interested in brainstorming a reliable path to deploying a small Lync implementation--with a Microsoft MVP at the helm of the think-tank? Then check out this new wiki post by Microsoft Directory Services MVP, Fabrizio Volpe. Topics include: describing the scenario, determine the design logic...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Exchange 2013 Preview and Lync Server 2013 Preview

    Exchange Server 2013 Preview and Lync Server 2013 Preview add new integration features to the existing Exchange Unified Messaging (UM) and Outlook Web App IM and Presence features currently available with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The new Lync Server 2013 Preview...
  • Blog Post: Push Notification Flow for Windows and iOS Mobile Device on Lync Server 2010 Internal Network

    This article discusses push notification flow for Windows Phone 7.5 and iOS devices connected to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 on an internal network. It also identifies the port requirements for Windows Phone 7.5 and iOS devices to successfully register with the Microsoft Push Notification Service or Apple...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Server Roles Do Not Support SQL Server 2012

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 does not support the use of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for the following server roles: Lync Server 2010, Enterprise Edition Back End Server databases Lync Server 2010, Standard Edition collocated server databases Lync Server 2010, Central Management store master...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server Topology Builder: Add an Edge Server

    This video guides you through the process of adding an edge server to an existing Lync Server 2010 deployment using topology builder. Check it out at: Topology Builder: Add an Edge Server . Lync Server Resources Lync Server 2010 documentation in the TechNet Library DrRez blog Lync...
  • Blog Post: Configure Failover Routing with AudioCodes Media Gateways: Part 4

    This is part four 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: Five Frequently Asked Questions about Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service

    In this article, we explore five frequently asked questions about Lync Server 2010 Mobility Service. Because Mobility Service was released only ten months ago, there are still some misconceptions about the service and how to properly configure your Lync Server 2010 environment. We hope this article helps...
  • Blog Post: How to Automate the New Account Creation Process

    During the final stages of a Lync Server deployment, the administrator enables the entire organization for Lync. Typically, he bulk enables current Lync users by piping the get-CSaduser Windows PowerShell command into the enable-CSuser command. When it comes to new hires, however, Lync users are enabled...
  • Blog Post: Practice Accelerator Sessions for Lync Server 2010: December 2012

    Attention Microsoft partners. Register now for the upcoming online Practice Accelerator sessions. The Microsoft Lync Server 2010 sessions begin on December 3, 2012. These online events provide a comprehensive set of reusable tools and best practices for multiple Microsoft solutions. Author : NextHop...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 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: Configuring Reverse Proxy for Lync Server 2010 Mobility

    This article discusses a possible solution for a problem commonly called hair-pinning. Hair-pinning can occur when a request is made by an internal Lync mobile client -- in a Lync Server 2010 environments with Lync Mobility Service deployed and enabled for both internal and external users. The solution...
  • Blog Post: Ten Tips For Implementing Lync Server 2010

    Recently, I read a phrase that seems like a good starting point for this article: “Lync is easy, it’s the world around that’s complicated.” Anyone who has deployed a unified communications product knows that the real challenge is to make it talk with and integrate into the...
  • Blog Post: Update: Installing the Mobility and Autodiscover Services

    When configuring the cumulative update for Lync Server 2010: November 2011 for Mobility on Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1, you must perform additional steps to configure IIS 7.0 ASP.NET settings. The Lync Server 2010 deployment documentation for Mobility in the Lync Server 2010 Technical library...
  • 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...