Polycom CX5100 for Lync 2013

December 24, 2013 by · 33 Comments 

With the recently announced availability of the CX5100 Unified Conference Station this new device will start making an appearance in Lync environments all over the world.  The goal of this article is to review changes and improvements in the completely redesigned CX5100 as well as those found in Lync 2013 servers and clients which were […]

Lync Mobility Media Paths

November 28, 2013 by · 21 Comments 

In a previous article discussing Lync Mobility an important behavior of the 2013 mobile clients was pointed out which was the fact that 2013 mobile clients are effectively hardcoded to always connect to the external UCWA service in Lync.  Since this means internally connected mobile clients will hairpin all signaling traffic through a reverse proxy […]

Shared Line Appearances for VVX Phones

October 31, 2013 by · 25 Comments 

In a recent article discussing some of the new Lync features in Polycom UCS 5.0 software the capability of Shared Line Appearance, otherwise referred to as ‘Boss-Delegate’ or ‘Boss/Admin’ was briefly introduced.  This article includes a more in-depth look at the feature and its usage. Throughout the article two phones are used to demonstrate the […]

Improved RMX Certificate Management

October 28, 2013 by · 17 Comments 

As of the 8.1 firmware release of Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server (RMX) SSL certificates are now managed using a completely different method than used with previous versions (7.6 and older). When integrating an RMX with Lync Server an SSL certificate must be issued to and installed on the RMX so that secure MTLS communications with […]

Updating Polycom VVX Phones

October 16, 2013 by · 67 Comments 

With the recent release of UCS 5.0 for Polycom VVX Phones automatic firmware updates are now supported directly from the Lync Device Update service.  This is the same functionality which Lync Phone Edition devices have always used for firmware updates and now eliminates the need for a separate provisioning server in most Lync environments leveraging […]

October 2013 Lync Users Group Meeting

September 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The fourth and final event of this year’s quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for October. Presentations will be provided on the following two topics: Reverse Proxy and Load Balancing The first session will be presented by Bryan Boretsky of KEMP Technologies and will include discussion of reverse proxy topics and […]

Choosing a MatchURI in Lync

September 23, 2013 by · 17 Comments 

In the previous article Third-Party Video Conferencing with Lync the concepts of the Lync Server Trusted Applications and Static Routing were discussed in relation to supporting video calls with external third-party solutions.  The static routing configuration was then expanded upon in another more recent article.  The following article will explain the concept of the MatchURI […]

Polycom UCS 5.0 for VVX Phones

September 10, 2013 by · 121 Comments 

Polycom has recently released the latest version of UCS firmware for the VVX line of SIP telephony devices.  The 5.0.0 version includes a number of new capabilities including new features for Lync and new device support for Lync, and applies to the entire line of VVX devices: 300, 310, 400, 410, 500, 600, and 1500.  […]

Lync Phone Edition Strict Domain Naming

August 29, 2013 by · 45 Comments 

In the January 2013 Cumulative Update for Lync Phone Edition (a.k.a. CU7) Microsoft changed a key element of the client registration process.  Any Lync Phone Edition (LPE) firmware version from 4.0.7577.4363 and newer is affected by the behavior described in this article. Adherence to Strict DNS Naming was introduced into the Lync server discovery process […]

Multiple Static Routes in Lync

August 22, 2013 by · 14 Comments 

In Mike Stacy’s well-known article covering Static Routing in Lync Server the basic concepts of utilizing the New-CsStaticRoute cmdlets were outlined to create routes to external applications or hosts that the Lync Server environment was defined to trust.  The concepts of using this Trusted Application model in Lync was then broken down in detail in […]

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