Lync Phone Edition and Public Certificates

October 28, 2014 by · 13 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 […]

Updating Lync 2013

August 20, 2014 by · 35 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 […]

Video Temporal Scaling Behavior in Lync 2013

May 27, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

This article is a continuation on a series of articles dedicated to the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) video codec implementation utilized by Lync 2013.  Previous article introduced the standards-based codec and the possibilities it contains based on the defined specifications.  Additional articles, like this one, take a closer look at how the actual implementation […]

Media Codecs in Lync 2013

March 31, 2014 by · 24 Comments 

The original intent of this article was to review the current list of supported audio and video codecs in Lync 2013 and attempt to explain what each one is used for given that the list has grown quite a bit over time. But due to the latest announcements around Lync and Skype integration it seems […]

Lync Room System Account Setup

February 13, 2014 by · 54 Comments 

The official Microsoft Lync Room System Deployment Guide covers in detail the creation of a resource mailbox which  will be dedicated to each Lync Room system, yet it also includes a number of optional steps as well as the use of separate cmdlets for each individual parameter. Lync MVP Adam Jacobs has boiled the account […]

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 […]

Understanding Lync 2013 Mobility

July 17, 2013 by · 77 Comments 

The Microsoft TechNet documentation covering Technical Requirement for Mobility includes a statement explaining that “all mobility service traffic goes through the reverse proxy, regardless of where the origination point is” but does not explain exactly how this is achieved. This article will explain and demonstrate how both Lync 2010 and 2013 mobility clients are designed […]

Understanding Lync Video Quality Reports

June 25, 2013 by · 16 Comments 

In any Lync Server environment, be it in a test lab or a production deployment, the Monitoring Server role and its accompanying reports should be considered a key component.  With improvements in Lync 2013 this role is even easier to deploy than in past versions, providing for a wide array of data captured by endpoints […]

Updating Lync Phone Edition Devices for Lync 2013

May 31, 2013 by · 39 Comments 

This article is a brief update to the process previously documented for Lync Server 2010.  In Lync Server 2013 the Device Update service is unchanged and the steps shown in that article are still applicable, so why the need for a new post on this subject? Background It is important to understand that although Lync […]

HD Video in Lync 2013

May 29, 2013 by · 58 Comments 

In Office Communications Server 2007 and Lync Server 2010 the usage of high definition video was straightforward.  The Real-Time Video (RTV) codec used primarily throughout those client and server versions provides for only a single HD resolution at 720p and was utilized in very specific scenarios, as documented in this previous article. But with the […]

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