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Articles
  • Using IIS ARR as a Reverse Proxy for Lync Server 2013

    With Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 now discontinued, we sought a suitable reverse proxy solution that works with Lync Server. With the release of Windows Server 2008, it is now possible to add an optional component called IIS Application...
  • Update: Microsoft Lync 2013 in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

    Hi everyone, I’m Tarek Radi, a senior program manager on the Microsoft Lync partner and customer engineering team. I’m excited to give you a quick glimpse of how Lync 2013 delivers enterprise grade, real-time audio and video communication...
  • Lync for Mac 14.0.5

    This article describes a number of new customer requested fixes and enhancements to the latest version of Microsoft Lync for Mac 14.0.5. Author : Terry Adams, Microsoft Program Manager Published : June 7, 2013 Product version : Lync for Mac 14...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 Photo Experience

    Microsoft Lync 2010 uses photos to enhance the user experience when displaying the contact card. This article explains how you can manage the use of photos and how they are downloaded to clients. Author: Jens Trier Rasmussen Publication date: November...
  • 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 network connections between server roles. You can download this poster from here. Author: Rui Maximo:  Product Version: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The latest version is 5.12.

  • The New Lync Connectivity Analyzer

    We are excited to announce the new Microsoft Lync Connectivity Analyzer. This tool will help Lync administrators determine whether the deployment and configuration of their on-premises Lync Server environment meets the requirements to support connections...
  • 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...
  • Lync 2013 Mobile Clients Release: FAQ

    The Lync team is excited about the new mobility clients that released for Lync 2013 and has put together this FAQ to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Author : Kaushal Mehta, Lync 2013 Beta Mobility Lead Technical Reviewer : Dave...
  • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Tool: OCS IM Archive Viewer

    Customers sometimes ask how they can see archived instant messages after deploying the Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2, Archiving Server. In response, we’ve developed a new tool called OCS IM Archive Viewer. Although there are some...
  • Certificate Expiration Alerting

    Microsoft Lync Server and Microsoft Exchange Server utilize certificates to manage encryption and authentication. When certificates expire unexpectedly, network administrators are under pressure to resolve the problem quickly. Fortunately, most trusted...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Working with Microsoft Lync Registry Settings

    Remember the registry? Of course you do: the registry was first introduced in Windows 3.1 and now, almost 20 years later, the registry is still very much alive and kicking. We're the first to admit that the registry hasn't always been the most-beloved...