Announcing Skype for Business

November 11, 2014 by · 15 Comments 

Just this morning Microsoft has announced, by way of Twitter and new posts on the Office and Skype blogs that the Lync Server product will be rebranded as Skype for Business. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Skype, Gurdeep Singh Pall, released the following message to Twitter coinciding with the official blog articles confirming the hunches […]

SILK Audio in Lync Mobile Clients

November 7, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A previous article entitled Media Codes in Lync 2013 covered the introduction of the SILK narrowband and wideband audio codecs from Skype into the Lync 2013 desktop client.  Since posting that article Microsoft has also added SILK support into the various Lync 2013 mobile clients, which means that some call scenarios like mobile-to-mobile Lync calls […]

Lync Phone Edition and Public Certificates

October 28, 2014 by · 7 Comments 

This article aims to serve two purposes.  Firstly, as a reminder to always keep Lync Phone Edition (LPE) devices updated and not to grow lackadaisical regarding the routine administrative tasks of frequently downloading these periodic cumulative updates and applying them to the Lync servers. Secondly, if the previous advice was not taken to heart then […]

MSTurnPing Bug

October 14, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The MsTurnPing.exe application included in the Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools package contains a bug that may have inadvertently triggered some incorrect practices related to the configuration of Edge server certificates. Remember that the officially supported, best practice covered in this previous article is that an Edge Pool must utilize a single, identical certificate […]

October 2014 Lync Users Group

October 7, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month. Event Details This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format: The first session presented by Aruba Networks will cover Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Wi-Fi scenarios with Lync. The second session presented by a local subject […]

Configuring QoS for Lync IP Phones

October 6, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

This article covers various aspects of configuring a complete Quality of Service (QoS) design in a Lync environment which utilizes various models of IP handsets for Lync.  Prioritization of both signaling and media communications will be covered by addressing the following topics: Designing and configuring a network QoS plan Enabling QoS on network devices Enabling […]

Updating CX5100 and CX5500 Firmware

September 21, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

An earlier article entitled Polycom CX5100 for Lync 2013 introduced the newest RoundTable device for Lync, briefly discussing the firmware update process.  As this product was brand new at the time there had been no newer firmware updates yet released to warrant covering that process in detail. Now that the CX5100 and the nearly identical […]

Understanding Lync Modalities

August 31, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

There are multiple ways to initiate communications sessions in Lync across different modalities and features.  These various options can utilize a few different network paths to reach the intended destination(s).  The path that each takes depends primarily on the type of communication involved and is also influenced by the number of parties involved. In Lync, […]

Updating Lync 2013

August 20, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Upon looking at visitor statistics for this blog one of the reoccurring trends is the amount of traffic to articles like Updating Lync Phone Edition Devices after Microsoft releases a new round of Lync updates.  It can sometimes be difficult to successfully navigate through the various updates which follow different release schedules which are sometimes […]

Polycom UCS 5.1 for VVX Phones

July 24, 2014 by · 48 Comments 

This article was posted to serve two purposes which are to introduce the latest 5.1.1 firmware and its new features as well as detail the out of the box experience for the fifteen lucky Lync User Group attendees who managed to win a free Polycom VVX410 and Color Expansion Module at their local event this […]

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