Video Interoperability in Skype for Business

January 26, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

With the recently launched Office 365 Summit events Microsoft has started sharing technical details on the various new capabilities which are on the horizon with the future release of Skype for Business Server.  In a previous article this rebranding of Lync to Skype for Business (SfB) was analyzed and explained in an effort to clarify […]

January 2015 Lync Users Group

January 16, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

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 Enghouse Interactive will cover Contact Center solutions for Lync. The second session presented by a local subject matter expert will discuss […]

Announcing Skype for Business

November 11, 2014 by · 17 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 · 5 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 · 16 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 · 5 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, […]

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