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Access Edge Static Routes

Static routes for Access Edge servers - they're important!
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Microsoft Lync wants to use the OC_KeyContainer

Weird issue with Lync 2011 on MacOS / OSX:
Microsoft Lync wants to use the OC_KeyContainer keychain.
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Maximum MOS by Codec

Placeholder - Max MOS per Codec.
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Protocol Workloads

Skype & Lync Protocol Workflows
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Bulk Enabling Skype for Business Users

Scripts to enable and manage policy for multiple users in Skype for Business or Lync 2013.
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Deleting the Skype for Business Address Books

Deleting the Skype for Business Address Books automatically.
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We don't want Office Web Apps

A number of people when considering Lync/Skype decide to skip the Office Web Apps role, without fully understanding the effects. Let's have a look at them.
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Skype for Business High Availability - Pool Pairing

High Availability in Skype for Business & Lync is kinda cool - some misconceptions however.
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Enabling Extension Number Display in Lync 2013 or Skype for Business

How do you enable viewing of extension numbers in the Lync or Skype for Business client?
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Lync/Skype for Business CALs

Brief summary of the CAL/Functionalities for Lync 2013/Skype for Business
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Lync 2013/Skype for Business & Virtual Cores

Spotted an oddity on performance on some Skype for Business deployments….Around virtual cores.
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Jabber vs Lync/Skype for Business

Jabber & Skype - which is better?
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Script to delete the address books

Sometimes, clearing out Lync or Skype for Business Address books on a client and downloading a new copy can be useful. Here's how to do it automatically.
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Changing a SIP Address in Lync or Skype for Business

What happens when you change a user's SIP address in Lync 2013 or Skype for Business?
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Building a Skype for Business Standard Edition Server

Run through of a Skype for Business Standard Edition Server.
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Enabling Administrator users for Lync

Insufficient access rights to perform the operation.
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Lync 2013 High Availability

Some thoughts on the high availability options for Lync 2013 - specifically around geo-dispersion.
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Lync 2013 Cumulative Updates (Placeholder)

Placeholder for Microsoft Lync Patches & Cumulative Updates
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Disabled in Active Directory, Enabled in Lync

When you disable a user in AD, it’s important you do it in Lync too!
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Managing your Presence - It's a tool!

How you manage your presence state is important if you want it to be a help, not a hinderance.

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In praise of Lync Standard Edition

Standard Edition is more capable than most give it credit for...let’s have a look.
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Lync 2013 Standalone Client Activation

How do you activate the Lync 2013 stand-alone client during installation?
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Disabled AD User Account can still login to Lync

A disabled AD User Account can still login to Microsoft Lync 2013.
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Office365 & Microsoft Lync - Server is Temporarily Unavailable

Experienced an odd issue with clients being unable to logon to Microsoft Lync in Office365 - the error ‘The Server is Temporarily Unavailable’.
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OCS 2007 R2 Hotfix Issue with OCS2009-DBUpgrade.msi

Yes, a blog about OCS 2007 R2....Interested? Click here...
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Lync 2013 Functionality Demos

A run through of some of the functionalities within Microsoft Lync 2013.

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Configuring Windows IIS ARR

Details the processes involved in configuring Application Request Routing (ARR) for reverse proxy services.

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Lync 2013 Schema Update Methods

Let’s look at how to update the Active Directory Schema for Lync 2013…and what it does in the process.
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Restoring a Lync 2010 Infrastructure

How do you restore a broken Microsoft Lync 2010 System?
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Lync Server 2010 Address Book Normalization

Run through of Address Book Normalization in Lync 2010.
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Microsoft Lync - Ports for Remote Access

Why 443 for remote access?
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Automating Common Administrative Tasks

Another look at how to automate common tasks - making your administrator's life easier.

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Certificate Assignment Fails - "HTTPS Binding Not Found on Website"

Issue with : “Https Binding not found on the web site.”
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Office/Lync 2013 Group Policy Templates

Small article explaining how to install the Office 2013 Group Policy Templates.

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Building an Exchange 2013 Server for Demo

I’ve been building up a number of machines for my demo environment - this one is for Exchange 2013. - a video in here shows the build process.

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Installing a Lync 2013 Standard Edition Server

Run through of installing a Lync 2013 server.
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Telephony - Losing its importance?

Blog looking at the importance of telephony - is it decreasing?
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The Etiquette of Presence

Some thoughts on around how users manage their presence status.
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Installing Office Web Apps on Server 2012

Quick run through of installing Office Web Applications on to Windows Server 2012.

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OSX and Virtualisation

I yet again go on about how good OSX is at virtualisation.

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UC Discussion Forum?

Any room for a UC discussion forum?

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Dual Homed Servers

In this blog I look at how you can dual-network home a Windows server, and how you need to consider the network routing.

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Unified Communications - The Importance of Design

Article discussing the importance of technical design for Unified Communications platforms.
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Reporting on User Configurations in Lync 2010

Blog outlining how you can report on your users of Lync 2010. Interested? Click here...
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Lync - Utilities & Plug-ins

Blog outlining some of my favourite plug-ins for Microsoft Lync. Interested? Click here...
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How to identify Enterprise Voice Users in Lync

Blog detailing how you can report/identify Enterprise Voice users within Microsoft Lync.Interested? Click here...
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Automatically Deleting the Lync Address Books

When developing & supporting a Lync platform, it may become necessary to delete the local user’s address books. In this blog entry I detail a way of automating this process. It makes it far easier then trying to talk a user through how to do it themselves. Interested? Click here...
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Downloading the Address Book in Lync 2013

The location of the Address Books within Lync 2013 are different to that of previous iterations of the product. In this blog I look at where the files are now stored, and also how to affect the download delay for the Address Books. If you wish, you can set the address books to download immediately for example - very useful for testing.Interested? Click here...
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Enabling Users for Lync Inside ADU&C

Why do things manually when there’s fast and automated ways of achieving things? In this blog I look at how to automate the enablement of users for Microsoft Lync - specifically, I add the ability to enable users to the Active Directory Users & Computers Console therefore simplifying the work-flow for user-enablement. Interested? Click here...
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