January 28, 2015

Book: Lync Server 2013 Cookbook

Not one, not two or three but 4 great authors* put their heads together to bring you a new book “Lync Server Cookbook” (Jan 2015) covering Lync Server 2013 on-premises to Office 365/Lync Online in the cloud.

As a member of the technical reviewer team for this book, this one great reference is highly recommended as it has more than 90 recipes, bringing together practical tips/tricks with ready to run PowerShell scripts to help you configure, integrate, and manage your Lync Server deployment.

Get a copy for your bookself here today!

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* Fabrizio Volpe, Alessio Giombini, Lasse Nordvik Wedø, António Vargas

January 25, 2015

TIP 1501 (PowerShell): sc -ne sc

Filed under: Windows Server 2012 R2/ 2008 R2, Windows 8/ Windows 7, PowerShell — Desmond Lee @ 1:03 pm

sc = #Alias for Set-Content in #Windows #PowerShell
C:\Windows\System32\sc.exe = CLI Service Control Manager
(start/stop services on local/#remote PCs)

None of the *-Service cmdlets (PowerShell 1.0 through 4.0) supports the -ComputerName parameter to target a specific (local or remote) machine#
i.e. Start-Service, Restart-Service or Stop-Service.

# unless via WMI methods

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January 24, 2015

Update Digest: Lync Server 2013, Skype for iPhone, Visio Stencil, Networking Guide, Sonus SBC and more (Dec/Jan 2015)

- Updates for Lync Server 2013 (KB2809243)

  • [version 8308.866] released 31 Dec 2014
  • download LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe
  • post “CU10″ December 2014 Cumulative Update (5.0.8308.857)
  • Google Chrome issue, stability and other fixes

- Network Planning, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting with Lync Server

  • includes additional WiFi and QoS guidance (updated Jan. 2015)
  • comes with the new Microsoft Call Quality Methodology Scorecard for Lync Server 2013/2010
  • download Lync_Server_Networking_Guide_v2.3.zip

- New #Office #Visio 2012/2014 #Stencil Sets (Jan2015; more…)


January 18, 2015

Certified SIP Professional Course (Limited Free Access)

Free Access to Certified SIP Professional Course for Avaya, IAUG, Developers and Suppliers for a limited time. More info and sign-up here (Adobe Flash Player recommended).

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January 13, 2015

Get-CsBackupServiceStatus: Failed Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) call to backup service (Lync Server 2013)

Filed under: Lync MVP Alliance, Skype for Business,Lync Server 2013/2010 — Desmond Lee @ 12:15 am

Running Get-CsBackupServiceStatus -PoolFqdn … will check the status of the backup service for the given Lync Server 2013 Registrar pool as follows:

ActiveMachineFqdn   : FE01.swissitpro.ch
OverallExportStatus : SteadyState
OverallImportStatus : NormalState
BackupModules       : {UserServices.PresenceFocus:[FinalState,NormalState],

Since the -Category parameter is not specified, both the CMS and UserData backup types will be checked.

In an Enterprise Edition Front-End Pool with multiple servers, the server listed in ActiveMachineFqdn appears to be responsible to consolidate and report back on the overall backup service status. If for any reason this machine is not reachable, the Get-CsBackupServiceStatus cmdlet may appear to hang and eventually timeout. Even though a majority FE pool quorum is maintained, no data will be returned as a result.

Note that with a restart of the Lync Backup Service with Running indicated, you may get some hints to this behavior by executing Invoke-CsBackupServiceSync against the problematic pool:

January 8, 2015

Field Notes: Lync Mobile App iOS/iPhone/iPad Cannot Sign-in


Lync Mobile App:
iOS devices# (7.x, 8.x), Android (4.x) and Windows Phone 8.x

Lync 2013 and 2010 clients:
access from internal and external (without VPN) via Lync Edge in a Lync Server 2013 environment.

Existing public certificate* renewed, installed and assigned to Lync Edge and ForeFront TMG 2010.

Clients are running the latest versions and patches/hotfixes.


All Lync clients can sign in except iOS-based devices (”spinning wheel”; cannot sign in).


TMG Firewall service or machine itself (reverse proxy/firewall) restart to force recognition of the renewed certificate/chain. No explicit ex/import of certificate/chain essential on any mobile devices.

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# iPhone 5/6/6 Plus, iPad 2/3/Mini
* Unified Communications certificate partners (KB929395)

January 5, 2015

Kurs Zürich: Windows Server 2012 R2 Basics - Definitiv Start (ab Mi. 14 Jan 2015)

Windows Server

Switzerland / Suisse / SchweizDer “Windows Server 2012 R2 Basics” Abendkurs* findet definitiv ab Mi. 14. Jan 2015 bei der EB-Zurich statt (18:00 - 21:30 für insgesamt 6 Abende). Nur noch wenige Platz frei; melden Sie heute hier an!

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* Kurs-Nr. IS36.15.11

December 31, 2014

Kurs Zürich: Windows Server 2012 R2 Basics (ab Mi. 14 Jan 2015)

Switzerland / Suisse / SchweizSeien Sie dabei ab 14. Jan 2015 (jeder Mittwoch Abend x 6)!

Windows ServerBereiten Sie sich heute für den effizienten private Cloud Einsatz ihrer eigenen Infrastruktur vor. Bei EB-Zürich ist der 1. Windows Server 2012 R2 Basics Kurs in 2015 geplant.

Es gibt nur wenige Platz frei. Lassen Sie sich diese Gelegenheit nicht entgehen! Mehr Informationen über diesen praxisbezogen Kurs und Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

December 30, 2014

Lync 2013 Dec 2014 Update - Remembered Setting Cleared

Filed under: Lync MVP Alliance, Skype for Business,Lync Server 2013/2010 — Desmond Lee @ 7:47 pm

When you attempt to create a new Lync Online Meeting in Outlook 201x after having installed the December 9, 2014 update for Lync 2013 (KB2910927), a similar prompt to the following may appear:

Remembered Setting Cleared
Due to server changes, your preferred settings have been cleared. Lync Meetings will use the original default settings. To customize, select your preferred settings in meeting options.

This is despite the fact that no new Lync conferencing policy was assigned or an existing one modified for the user running Lync 2013 with the Dec 2014 update. Simply click on OK to dismiss the informational message and you should be good to go.

Have you experienced this strange behavior as well?



December 13, 2014

Update Digest: Lync Server 2013, Lync for Android and Windows Phone Mobile Cumulative Update (Dec 2014)

Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update KB2809243

  • [version 8308.857] released 11 Dec 2014
  • applies to Lync Server 2013 Standard/Enterprise Editions and Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack
  • Update for Windows Fabric KB2967486* is applicable to Standard and Enterprise Edition servers (Front End and Edge roles)
  • download LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe

Lync 2013 for Android Mobile

Lync 2013 for Windows Phone App

*  August 2014 Cumulative Update 5.0.8308.738 for Lync Server 2013

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