Skype for Business 2015 Edge Pool Deployment

March 28, 2016 by · 113 Comments 

Moving on with this series of deployment articles the next major component of the core Skype for Business (SfB) infrastructure to address is the Edge Server role.  This server role, from a deployment and architecture standpoint, is basically unchanged from previous Lync Server product releases.  These articles have all focused on a simple Skype for […]

Skype for Business 2015 Edge Server Deployment

March 28, 2016 by · 56 Comments 

This article is intended for those following along with this series of deployment articles to create a Skype for Business (SfB) 2015 Server environment. The instruction in this article is without much of the typical in-depth explanation provided alongside most deployment articles on this blog.  A much more detailed companion article entitled Skype for Business […]

Polycom RPP Configuration for Lync

March 25, 2015 by · 20 Comments 

The core Polycom video bridging infrastructure components of the RealPresence Platform (RPP) have recently attained Lync Qualification.  As of the posting of this article the following RPP products qualified for Lync Server 2013 are: The Distributed Media Application (DMA) 7000 version 6.2 The RealPresence Collaboration Server (RPCS, a.k.a RMX) version 8.5 This means that when […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lync Remote User Definition

July 30, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

This article is a brief clarification about a topic that still occasionally leads to some confusion going back to the original release of Office Communications Server.  Basically the wording of one of the options contained in the External Access Policy settings of OCS or Lync Server is oddly written and tends to describe behavior that […]

How HTTP is Utilized in Lync Server

December 30, 2012 by · 17 Comments 

Nearly all communications between Lync clients and the Lync Server web services are maintained over port 443, yet there are a few instances when HTTP traffic over Port 80 is utilized.  Thus depending on the scenario if any traffic over this port is not allowed to or from the server then some functionality may be […]

Lync Edge STUN versus TURN

October 15, 2012 by · 70 Comments 

The primary purpose of this article is to help explain the difference in the available media paths provided by the Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) protocol.  These solutions provided by the implementation of ICE in Lync Server applies to both UDP and TCP transmission of data so audio, video and desktop sharing sessions can all take […]

Lync Edge Server Best Practices

July 25, 2012 by · 127 Comments 

Amazingly enough these topics still comes up daily in technical forums, planning discussions with customers, and when troubleshooting improper deployments.  Although most of this material is not new and can be found in various places this article is intended as summary reference for readers new to the elusive concepts of Edge and Reverse Proxy services. […]

Understanding Lync Edge Server Ports

July 5, 2012 by · 72 Comments 

The Lync Edge Server is an often misunderstood server role that in theory is not all that complicated.  But without knowing some of the basic functionality provided it can be confusing at times to understand what traffic is going where in the topology. This article takes a look at the services and network traffic which […]

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