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.
Lync centralized logging is a great new feature with Lync Server 2013. This feature also allows you to configure AlwaysOn logging, which will keep logging on, always J This is helpful in situations where an issue has been reported and you are not able to reproduce, or do not want to bother users to reproduce.
The commands for configuring centralized logging allow you to specify file locations, rollover time limits and sizes. However, these settings are only for when a user initiates a logging session. The AlwaysOn logging files are stored as part of the network service account, and in order to locate these ETL files, you must navigate to the following folder, by default:
%WINDIR%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Local\Temp\Tracing Read more
As anyone who came to this blog probably realized, my Lync 2013 Centralized Logging UI quickly became outdated.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!
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!
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:
- Right now this must be run from a Lync 2013 Server
- 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.
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.
Quick announcement here:
See http://www.lyncusergroup.com for more 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.”
|Intros and Welcome
|Lync 2013 – What is New (Overview) Speaker TBD
|Lync 2013 Functionality Demo – Randy Wintle
|Driving UC Adoption in Your Enterprise- Unify2 UC Adoption Specialist
|Sponsor Presentation- Jabra
|Evaluation Surveys and Giveaways