lync 2013

A User Centric Approach to Communications and Collaboration Technologies

I had about 8 hours in the car the last two days so I spent some time catching up on the Industry Buzz Podcasts (http://www.ucstrategies.com/industry-buzz/)  from the UC Strategies Team (http://www.ucstrategies.com/). A lot of things stuck with me, and have helped me with my strategic approach to UC consulting and I wanted to share a few tips.

Whether you are a business looking to deploy a new communications solution, or you are a consultant deploying these services to a business, I think it is critical to remind yourself that Unified Communications should be 100% focused on the end users and not the technology.

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Quick Tip: Media Bypass Not Available for Edge Connected Users

This is just a quick tip from the field. If you are deploying media bypass it is important to know it will only be available for endpoints that have registered internally, NOT through the Edge. This is by design and may be changed in the future as can be seen in the cmdlet parameters for New-CSNetworkMediaBypassConfiguration. The parameter ExsternalBypassMode is reserved for future use. Read more

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Understanding Lync Server Support Options

Microsoft recently made changes to the support options available to organizations deploying Microsoft Lync. Microsoft covered these changes in a Next Hop Blog Post- Expanded Lync Server Support Options. I wanted to provide an overview of these changes as I see them from a Microsoft Customer and Microsoft Partner perspective. This post will outline the pros and cons to the newly available support options.

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Announcing the first ever Lync Saturday!

One of the most amazing parts of Microsoft Lync is the community of experts that supports it. It is completely natural for the MVPs and contributors to the Lync community to selflessly help others. I see this even between competing consultants! It is great. The reason I am mentioning this is that I have worked with a great group of community experts to start up Lync Saturday.

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Lync Server 2013 Unleashed has been… Unleashed!

I am super proud to announce that the new book I Co-Authored, Lync Server 2013 Unleashed is now available! This book is available on Amazon in ebook and good ol paperback! http://amzn.com/0672336154

The Microsoft NextHop blog provided an incredibly generous review of the book, which is available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/04/17/hot-off-the-presses-microsoft-lync-server-2013-unleashed.aspx

What I want to do in this post is provide an overview of the sections in the book, and how they will apply to readers of all types. When we started writing this book we wanted it to be the number one resource for Lync. This includes covering all aspects of a Lync journey, from early conception to detailed troubleshooting and advanced technical scenarios. I have broken the readers down into two broad categories, although I am sure there are many other scenarios out there.

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Lync Server 2013 Centralized Logging UI- Beta

Update 4/24/2013:

As anyone who came to this blog probably realized, my Lync 2013 Centralized Logging UI quickly became outdated. Luckily, James from MyLyncLab.com has done a great job of bringing it back to life!

 

http://www.mylynclab.com/2013/04/lync-2013-centralised-logging-tool.html

 

Definitely check this out and support that project. He has done a great job of not only fixing my tool, but making it better. Thanks!

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All of this talk about Lync Server 2013 centralized logging has driven me to start a little side project. A powershell UI for the lync centralized logging. I am hopefully going to add a lot more features to this, but figured I would share the early beta to get some feedback.

For more details on lync centralized logging, see this link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/jenstr/archive/2012/08/01/using-centralized-logging-service-in-lync-server-2013-preview.aspx

Couple of things:

  1. Right now this must be run from a Lync 2013 Server
  2. This assumes that the default C:\Program Files was selected on install, if this is not where Lync is installed, you may have issues, and may need to adjust that file path.
  3. Right now it does not let you search specific text or components, I will be adding that functionality in the next rev.
Link to download is here:

If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments, thanks!

 

UPDATE: 9:30PM 8/2/2012- I just finished “Beta 2” I re designed the UI. it can be found in the above link. Thanks!

UPDATE: 10:15PM 8/2/2012- I just finished “Beta 3” I added filter options to Beta 3. Link is above!

 

UPDATE:  8/4/2012- I just finished “Beta 4” I performed some cleanup and tweaks, as well as the ability to export your specific component logs as well.

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An afternoon in NYC with Lync 2013- NYC Lync User Group

Quick announcement here:

See http://www.lyncusergroup.com for more details!

Meeting Details

August 16th 2012 2PM-5PM, an Afternoon in NYC with Lync 2013

The NYC Lync User Group will be conducting its next meeting on August 16th, 2012 at the Microsoft Manhattan Office!   This meeting will introduce everyone to Lync Server 2013. With all of the new features coming in Lync 2013, we will have plenty to talk about at this meeting. Food and Drink will be provided as well!

In addition to discussing Lync 2013, we will also have a special presentation from the Unify2 UC Adoption Team. “The switch from legacy telephony to unified communications is a high hurdle for many enterprises, and changing the way workers conduct meetings from in physical locations to online is an even steeper learning curve. Unify2 Adoption Services are designed to lay groundwork for increased user satisfaction and improved productivity, and to help our customers realize their ROI in a shorter timeframe.”

Agenda

Item

Time

Intros and Welcome 2:00PM-2:30PM
Lync 2013 – What is New (Overview) Speaker TBD 2:30PM-3:30PM
Lync 2013 Functionality Demo – Randy Wintle 3:45PM-4:00PM
Break 3:45PM-4:00PM
Driving UC Adoption in Your Enterprise- Unify2 UC Adoption Specialist 4:00PM-4:45PM
Sponsor Presentation- Jabra 4:45PM-5:00PM
Evaluation Surveys and Giveaways 5:00PM
Networking/Social Hour 5:00PM-6:00PM

 

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