October 20, 2014

PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure (The MVP Monday Series)

Super excited to share with you a guest post entitled “PowerShell and SQL Stored Procedure” I authored for The MVP Award Program Blog. Here is a short abstract:

PowerShell is the window to managing many aspects of a Lync Server 201x environment. Coupled with the deployment of the Monitoring Server service (or separate role in 2010) …

In this compact article, I shall show you how to utilize the built-in SQL stored procedures associated with the Lync databases…

Read the full article here or at the Microsoft Press Blog (#MVPBuzz / @MVPAward)

Thanks Melissa :-)

UPDATE (21. Oct 2014)

The code listing is now available in plain text - all thanks to your suggestions and feedback. Keep them coming please (including any ideas for future articles / blog posts)!

October 16, 2014

Microsoft Ignite 2015 Chicago (4 to 8 May) - Enterprise Technology Conferences all Under One Roof

ATTENTION Lync, MEC and SharePoint Conference delegates!

Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 (Chicago, IL)

Come year 2015 (4-8 May) in Chicago, IL is the all new Microsoft Ignite Conference. This enterprise technology conference brings together today’s separately run conferences from the entire Office family of products under one roof covering on-premise deployment to the cloud running Office 365.

Super early registration is now open at http://www.ignite.microsoft.com/. You can also participate in the Office 365 Technical Network’s Ignite Event group (in Yammer) to help shape plans for the event today.

Shape the event | Join the YamJam!

MORE INFO
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite and our lineup of top conferences in 2015 (The Official Microsoft Blog; link)
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite – meet us in Chicago (Exchange team Blog; link)
- Introducing Microsoft Ignite (Office Blog/Lync; link)

MEC = Microsoft Exchange Conference

October 15, 2014

Update Digest: Lync 2013 Client - Hide Pictures in IM, etc. (Oct 2014)

October 2014 update for Lync 2013 “CU6″ (KB2889929)
- download x86 or x64 package
- prerequisites MSO (KB2889927), MSORES (KB2817624*) and Lynchelp (KB2881083)

UPDATE

Notable is the new capability “Hide pictures in IM”, one of the top user requests since “Show pictures of contacts” was made available in the February 2014 Update for Lync 2013 desktop client. This hot new feature enables users to completely disable inline pictures in both peer-to-peer and group (IM) Lync conferences.

REFERENCES

  • Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync 2013 (link)
  • February 2014 Update for the Lync Desktop Client (link)

* included in Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

October 14, 2014

TIP: Reset User Policy in Lync Server 201x

To reset rather than assign or grant a different Voice policy to a Lync-enabled user, perform the operation as shown:

Get-Csuser “sip:desmond.lee@sw1ssi+pr0.net” | Grant-CsVoicePolicy -PolicyName $null

The end result is that the user will inherit an appropriate policy at the Global, Site or Pool (Service) level, whichever is closest to the Lync-enabled user. This trick is applicable to other Lync policies i.e. not limited to working with Lync Voice Policy.

October 9, 2014

Zurich: Wed/Mi 12 Nov 2014 - Mobile first. Cloud first. Exclusive Event with Satya Nadella

Filed under: Mobility, Cloud Computing, Community/User Group/Talk, Events/Training — Desmond Lee @ 9:21 pm

Zurich: Wed/Mi 12 Nov 2014 - Mobile first. Cloud first. Exclusive Event with Satya NadellaSwitzerland / Suisse / Schweiz Eine exklusiv Gelegenheit nicht entgehen lassen! Am Mittwoch Vormittag den 12 Nov 2014 haben Sie die Chance, Herr Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft Corporation, live-on-stage in Zurich, Corso Cinema (Bellevue) zu sehen. Er wird über die neue Microsoft Vision “Mobile-first. Cloud-first” beleuchten.

Die Agenda und Anmeldungsinformation des Events können Sie hier finden.

October 5, 2014

Please Excuse the Look (Blog “Maintenence”)

Filed under: Misc, Info/Tips — Desmond Lee @ 11:55 pm

You may have noticed that access to this blog* appears to be unusually slow recently. The root cause has not yet been fully determined. With the help of the hosting platform’s technical support team, switching to this basic layout seems to have circumvented the issue for the time being.

You can expect “business as usual” with all the great content while we continue to operate in this “maintenance” mode (no ETA though).

Thank you for your support - feedback and suggestions welcome at ‘ info  /a+/ swissitpro \d0+\ ch ‘.

* http://www.leedesmond.com/weblog/

September 25, 2014

Update II MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

From MS14-055:


Why was this bulletin revised on September 23, 2014?

Microsoft rereleased this bulletin to announce the reoffering of the 2982385 security update file (server.msp) for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. The rereleased update addresses an issue in the original offering that prevented users from successfully installing the server.msp file. Customers who attempted to install the original update will be reoffered the 2982385 update and are encouraged to apply it at the earliest opportunity.

September 23, 2014

Update Digest: Lync Server / Client 2013 Cumulative Upate, Lync Phone Edition (Aug/Sep 2014)

Lync Server 2013

Lync 2013 (Client)

  • September 2014 update for Lync 2013 (KB2889860)
    - version “1.0″
    - download lync2013-kb2889860-fullfile-x..-glb.exe (x86, x64)

Lync Phone Edition

  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600 and Polycom CX3000 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX700 and LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for HP 4110 and HP 4120 (link)
  • Microsoft Lync Phone Edition for Aastra 6721ip and Aastra 6725ip (link)

Keywords: patch, security, hotfix, update, rollup package, lync cumulative update (Lync 2013), lync server, lync client,  security, cu update, mise à jour, cu, update rollup, Lync phone edition, RU (release update)

September 16, 2014

Update MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

From MS14-055:


Why was this bulletin revised on September 15, 2014?

Microsoft revised this bulletin to address a known issue that prevented users from successfully installing security update 2982385 for Microsoft Lync Server 2010. Microsoft is investigating behavior associated with the installation of this update, and will update this bulletin when more information becomes available. As an added precaution, Microsoft has removed the download links to the 2982385 security update.

September 10, 2014

MS14-055: Vulnerabilities in Lync Could Allow Denial of Service, DoS (September 2014)

Microsoft Patch Tuesday this month 9.9.2014 (Sep 2014) highlights an IMPORTANT security bulletin MS14-055* (KB2990928) that affects various components in both Lync Server 2013 and Lync Server 2010.

  • KB2982390 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Web Components Server): September 9, 2014
  • KB2986072 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Server): September 9, 2014
  • KB2982389 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Response Group Service): September 9, 2014
  • KB2992965 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (Core Components): September 9, 2014
  • KB2982385 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2010: September 9, 2014
  • KB2982388 MS14-055: Description of the security update for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 (Response Group Service): September 9, 2014

This aggregated severity rating has a maximum security impact listed as “Denial of Service” and “Information Disclosure”. Only applicable security patches need to be deployed (in any sequence) i.e. apply the RGS patch only when RGS is installed on your system.

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