Deploying the Lync 2010 Mobility Service

December 9, 2011 by · 245 Comments 

Now that the Lync 2010 Mobility Service has been out for a week there has been ample time, relatively speaking, to dissect the documentation, run through multiple installation attempts, and perform some initial discovery work on exactly what this new service is and how it appears to function.  Understanding these concepts can greatly increase the […]

Lync Integration with Polycom SIP Phones

December 5, 2011 by · 124 Comments 

Polycom has recently announced native Lync support for a wide variety of standard SIP phone devices which all run on the same Polycom Unified Communications Software (UCS) software release.  This means that the large variety of SoundPoint IP, SoundStation IP, SpectraLink Wireless, and VVX Business Media Phones can all now natively register directly to Lync […]

Forcing Lync Web App

November 8, 2011 by · 27 Comments 

This article is nothing new to anyone intimately familiar with the TechNet documentation and the various Lync Server configuration settings but is more of an attempt to consolidate various notes and tips from different online sources as well as present a detailed look at each available configuration scenario for the Online Meeting join web page […]

Third-Party Video Conferencing with Lync

October 13, 2011 by · 37 Comments 

This blog article has been a long time in the making and has been virtually written (and subsequently unwritten) multiple times in my head.  Over time it appears the concepts are starting to become more widely understood, but then the same misunderstandings pop up again.  Thus this article has been reborn yet again and will […]

HD Video in Lync

October 8, 2011 by · 41 Comments 

The ability to both capture and view desktop and telepresence video content in Microsoft Lync 2010 is something that organizations are investing in, testing with, and leveraging more every day.  From simply improving the quality of desktop peer-to-peer video collaboration to allowing interoperability between Lync and existing dedicated high-definition conferencing and telepresence solutions the prominence […]

Wireshark Capture Tips

October 5, 2011 by · 16 Comments 

Using tools like Network Monitor and Wireshark are common place when dealing with troubleshooting issues in Lync Server or when simply attempting to better understand some specific behavior. As Wireshark is more commonly deployed and often already installed on customer’s servers then it can be beneficial to understand a few basic quirks so that one […]

Location Information on Lync Phone Edition

September 19, 2011 by · 13 Comments 

There are a number of articles out there already in the topic of configuring Location Information Services in Lync Server for everything from displaying location information on endpoints to deploying a full E911 solution for multiple wired and wireless endpoints. But in order for Lync Phone Edition (LPE) clients to correctly show the location information […]

Polycom DMA and Lync Integration

August 30, 2011 by · 92 Comments 

The past video conferencing integration articles have primarily discussed the Real-time Media eXperience (RMX) platform, but the  Distributed Media Application (DMA) also supports direct integration with OCS and Lync and is the preferred SIP path when both devices exist in an environment. Out-of-the-box DMA integration instructions are included in the Polycom UC Deployment Guide for […]

Certificate Requests in Windows Server 2008

August 15, 2011 by · 16 Comments 

The primary function of this article is to serve as a reference guide for submitting offline certificate requests against either a private Windows Enterprise Certificate Authority (CA) or various public third-party certificate authorities.  When requesting certificates for servers, applications, or hardware devices most solutions work well when a commonly known certificate template is used to […]

Lync Quality of Service Behavior

August 5, 2011 by · 32 Comments 

In Lync Server, by default, Quality of Service (QoS) is not enabled for the Windows Lync soft client, yet it is enabled for Lync Phone Edition clients.  Thus it is important to understand that Lync Phone Edition devices will stamp a Differentiated Services Code Point (DSCP) value of 40 on media traffic while the standard […]

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