• 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: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Tool: Adoption Reporting

    Abstract: The Adoption Reporting Tool enables administrators to more easily measure both usage and adoption of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in their enterprise. You can download this tool from the Download Center. Author: Sasa Juratovic Publication date: October 2010 Product...
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Enterprise Voice

    We are pleased to announce a major update to this previously released Resource Kit chapter. We have added eight pages of new information on Call Admission Control (CAC). You can download this and other Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit chapters from the Download Center . Author: Andreas Strebel...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Archiving and Monitoring

    The Archiving and Monitoring chapter of the upcoming Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit book highlights the new and improved archiving and monitoring features in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. It describes archiving and monitoring in Lync Server. You can download this and other...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool: Response Group Export-Import

    Moving the Response Group configuration data from one pool to another and restoring it after a disaster are uncommon but vital scenarios to ensure business continuity. Although Windows PowerShell command-line interface provides all the pieces to perform these tasks, it still requires advanced scripting...
  • Blog Post: Direct SIP: Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.1

    If you're looking for an introduction about how to configure Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) version 6.1.2 with Office Communications Server 2007 R2, this article will help you. The proper way to connect and interoperate the two products is to set up a Direct SIP connection in Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: Configuring the A/V Edge Service for NAT in Communications Server 2007 R2

    When configuring the A/V Edge for NAT it's possible that remote users (both employees and federated) will be able to establish IM connectivity and view presence data but not escalate the conversation to an audio session. If this is happening to your users, find out why. Author: Rick Varvel Publication...
  • Blog Post: Remote Conferencing with Lync Web App with Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Reverse Proxy: Part 1

    Microsoft Lync Web App is the new Microsoft browser-based client solution for the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communication software instant messaging and conferencing features. The Lync Web App client can provide remote user access to internally hosted Lync Server 2010 conferences. This is done by using...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Direct SIP

    When Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software is deployed in an enterprise environment that already has telephony infrastructure, some level of interoperability is required. This allows users and devices on the existing infrastructure to communicate with Lync Server 2010 users and devices....
  • Blog Post: Troubleshoot STUN with TURN in Office Communications Server 2007 R2

    The Session Traversal Utilities for Network Address Translation (STUN) protocol is an integral component of the Audio/Video Media Relay service. It provides the routing information and signaling that is needed to establish a secure media connection for all endpoints that are involved in audio/video communications...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit Tool: OCS Trust Entry

    The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Resource Kit command-line tool, OCS Trust Entry, can be used to locate, edit, or remove Office Communications Server trusted server and trusted service entries from the Active Directory Domain Services real-time communications (RTC) Services container...
  • Blog Post: Why Deploy a Director?

    What is the use and value of the Director role? To be clear, the Director role doesn't exist. You won't find this server role in the Communications Server 2007 and 2007 R2 Setup. A Director is simply a Standard Edition Server or Enterprise pool that has NO users homed on it. This article will help you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: New Features Overview

    The New Features Overview chapter of the upcoming Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit book provides an overview of the new features in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. This chapter is being developed. It describes the new features in Lync Server that focus on the feature sets...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool: ErrorLogReplayer

    For organizations that are subject to compliance regulations, the ErrorLogReplayer tool helps ensure that archiving and call detail recording (CDR) messages that failed to insert into the Archiving or CDR database are inserted into these databases. Administrators can use this tool to make sure all messages...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Server Administration

    The Server Administration chapter of the upcoming Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit book provides information about how Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software stores and manages configuration data in the Central Management store and how to work with role-based access control (RBAC)...
  • Blog Post: Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Video Interoperability: What Works? What Doesn't?

    Video interoperability was introduced in Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 in 2008 with both Polycom and TANDBERG video conferencing to enable specific interoperability scenarios. Our ongoing work in this space continues to evolve in Office Communications Server 2007 R2. This article describes...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Additional Lync Server 2010 Call Details Reports: Part 1

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring Server Reports provide a collection of system usage and call diagnostic reports. This collection of reports meets the needs of most Lync Server 2010 audio/visual (A/V) call scenarios. However, administrators that want to add to the extensibility of the Lync Server...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing Connectivity for Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Audio/Video Sessions: Part 1

    This article is the first part of a two-part series. This part provides you with an overview of how to analyze and troubleshoot problems with audio/video sessions when using Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2, and Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 by...
  • Blog Post: Limit Media Ports in Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Devices

    Administration of Office Communications Server 2007 R2 often involves configuration of clients, such as enabling voice and conferencing features and sending additional settings to clients. Frequently, the ability to limit media ports used by Communications Server 2007 R2 clients is required. Read on...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit Tool: Snooper

    Snooper is a multipurpose debugging tool for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. Snooper parses server and client trace log files and makes protocol (for example, SIP and HTTP) messages and traces easier to read. It can also read call details and stored procedure execution reports...
  • Blog Post: The Dialing Rule Optimizer for Communications Server 2007 R2 and Lync Server 2010

    Abstract: The Dialing Rule Optimizer enables administrators to easily configure North American local dialing numbers for a given area code and exchange , and then format them for use as IP telephony gateways with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Conferencing and Collaboration

    The Conferencing and Collaboration chapter of the upcoming Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit book provides details about how conferencing and collaboration works in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. This chapter is being developed. It describes the comprehensive set of tools Lync...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: External User Access

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software allows users to connect to each other remotely. This chapter describes the most common remote access scenarios, and then provides detailed call flow diagrams, traces, and related ms-diagnostics codes. Overviews of the basic scenarios are provided, giving...
  • Blog Post: Remote Conferencing with Lync Web App with Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Reverse Proxy: Part 2

    Microsoft Lync Web App is the new Microsoft browser-based client solution for the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software. Lync Web App can provide remote user access to internally hosted Lync Server 2010 conferences by using a reverse proxy configuration that many web proxy server solutions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit: Interoperability with Asterisk and Skype

    The Interoperability with Asterisk and Skype chapter of the upcoming Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Resource Kit book provides information about integrating Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software with Asterisk, an open source Voice over IP (VoIP) server that can serve as a gateway for Lync Server...