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Lync 2013 Persistent Chat - Group Chat done right
I have worked with Group Chat for some time and it was always a love/hate affair. What the product offered was well understood and when used right helped reduce the need for email. The downside was the solution was difficult to install and manage (this is being polite <grin>). The release of Lync...
28 Aug 2012
Lync Group Chat video for NASCAR use with Hendrick Motor Sports
There are times in a support engineer’s life when fortune smiles down on you. My colleague Terry Lyons had a support issue come in for Hendrick Motor Sports with Group Chat and realizing they were just up the road in Concord in the event a site visit was required. Now I was fortunate enough to be in...
1 Aug 2011
Workaround to Broadcast a Story in Group Chat
A customer requested the ability to broadcast a story in the Group Chat client and that is not option in the menu’s, however as the old saying goes – It’s not what you know but who you know and I know David Moy, a guy who knows Group Chat real well The screen shots I will use are for the Lync...
6 Jun 2011
Lync 2010 Group Chat Stress in Adoption and Training Kit
Group Chat Stress has released as part new tools within the Adoption and Training Kit. http://lync.microsoft.com/Adoption-and-Training-Kit/tools-and-apps/Pages/Group-Chat-Stress-Tool.aspx You can use the Group Chat Stress package to help verify your Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync...
3 Jun 2011
Upcoming Group Chat client/server support matrix
As customers were beginning to upgrade OCS 2007 R2 deployments with Lync, the question of support for Group Chat showed that what was originally thought to be a simple answer required a more complex matrix to illustrate. After conferring with the appropriate teams, this is the verbiage and table we...
9 Feb 2011
Changing Group Chat message and story size limits–unsupported table modification
Posts like this always give me concern because in the effort to be helpful I am providing information that we don’t support doing – direct table modification in SQL. Just because you have a lab topology to play with is no excuse to not properly backup the database or the use of virtual machine options...
4 Feb 2011
Group Chat Client Logging
The R2 Group Chat client defaults to a very verbose logging level. While logging enabled as a default can be helpful when first rolling the solution out and catching unexpected errors, it doesn't help when it impacts the client performance. As the result of a customer visit with this issue, a member...
20 Dec 2010
Group Chat Presence Polling (R2)
We are working on a new blog post for NextHop on monitoring an OCS 2007 R2 deployment with Group Chat. One thing I wanted to put here was an illustration of the behaviors with the # of clients, the number of contacts or channel members and the impact of multiple open channels, you knew you could undock...
8 Nov 2010
Group Chat Install With Visual C++ 2008 SP1
For those of you with Visual C++ 2008 SP1, you might encounter an issue installing Group Chat which turns out to be an issue in which Group Chat is explicitly looking for Visual C++ 2008 during setup. NOTE: Once we release a Service Pack, you may see people use the notation of SP0 which can be read as...
13 Oct 2010
OCS 2007 R2 Group Chat–SIOPS?
Has the term SIOPs (Standard Input Output Panels) been mentioned in regards to Group Chat and you wondered what they were only to find that an Internet search turns up links saying it isn’t supported? They were not supported when Group Chat released but added later and when the documentation was published...
24 Sep 2010
Good example of needing to understand Windows Domain principles: AD Groups with Group Chat
There was an internal question about the ability to use Windows Active Directory Groups for securing Group Chat channels. Not finding it in the Group Chat content* I switched to my lab and created a group including the user that I first confirmed had access. I then removed that user and noticed that...
30 Aug 2010
Group Chat R2 Certificates–To add client auth or not?
A recent customer issue had the question asked of why a new certificate with Client Authentication in the Enhanced Key Usage (EKU) in addition to Server Authentication fixed an issue for the Group Chat Administration Console connecting successfully. I took a screen shot of my Group Chat Server Configuration...
23 Aug 2010
Group Chat File upload issue
In testing Group Chat with an XP workstation for a customer, I found I could not upload a file successfully. The truth is that I haven’t been able to do this for a while but ignored it. I could not ignore it this time as I had to confirm as much functionality as possible. I did a quick search internally...
20 Jul 2010
Group Chat counters – Active Endpoints, Active Users and the difference
We are working on an effort to provide some guidance on monitoring the health of a Group Chat deployment and included are these two counters: MGC:SERVER - 01 - MGC Server Networking.\MGCSERVER - 003 - Active Endpoints MGC:SERVER - 01 - MGC Server Networking.\MGCSERVER - 011 - Active Users When you are...
25 Jun 2010
Group Chat CU5 – User Colors Sproc modification required
Update October 25, 2010 with SQL table information at the bottom of the post Did you deploy Group Chat CU5 and expect the User Colors functionality, I did and so did others, we appear to have an undocumented stored procedure change to communicate. We are investigating whether it truly is undocumented...
11 May 2010
Group Chat CU5 – Documentation updates pending
December 3, 2010 update: The content on Technet has not yet been updated but I raised an urgent request today. I recognize that the content is still confusing but allow me to say that Group Chat with CU5 is supported with OCS 2007 R2 in a Windows 2008 R2 raised functional level and with Windows 2008...
5 May 2010
Group Chat Database Sizing Tool (xls) released
A few weeks ago we released the Capacity Planning for Group Chat document and very quickly our MVP community began to question the validity of such a doc with no ability to actually gauge the requirements for the size of the database. Today we have released the spreadsheet to help with this effort. http...
15 Dec 2009
Group Chat – plugging others blogs…
I am preparing for a presentation on Group Chat installation to the UCVUG next week and what I am trying to do is to go through the process after having asked many others for their setup process modifications and suggestions based on numerous customer efforts. My goal is to help provide a very solid...
14 Aug 2009
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