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A Fix for the Lync 2010 Control Panel Crash Issue on VMWare

For those living with the annoying issue of the Lync Server 2010 Control Panel crashing on a VMWare image, a fix has quietly been released in the form of a new update to Silverlight (which was the underlying cause).

The original issue was caused by a Silverlight 5.x update (specifically Silverlight 5.1.10411.0) and the only workaround was to rollback to Silverlight 4.x. This was annoying when updates applied to the image re-upgraded Silverlight to the 5.1 version and the issue surfaced again.

On March 12, 2013 Microsoft released an update to Silverlight 5: see MS13-022: Vulnerability in Silverlight could allow remote code execution.

This updates Silverlight to be 5.1.20125.0 and . . . → Read More: A Fix for the Lync 2010 Control Panel Crash Issue on VMWare

February 2013 Update for the Lync 2013 Client

A new update (aka CU1) for the Lync 2013 Client is available: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2812461.  There is not an associated Lync 2013 Server update yet but stay tuned.  Also, this update is just for the Windows Lync Client, not the VDI plug-in and other clients.

This update fixes some bugs (including some presence update issues with Outlook), improves quality, and has some noteworthy new improvements such as the ability to hide offline contacts in your contact list, and improved handling of devices that have both a front-and-rear facing camera.

The download links are at the bottom of the KB article. You will see two installation packages: Lyncloc and Msores.  You will need . . . → Read More: February 2013 Update for the Lync 2013 Client

Top 5 New Lync 2013 PowerShell Features

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 ships with Microsoft PowerShell Version 3.0 which has many improvements to the PowerShell command line interface. Coupled with new additions in the Microsoft Lync PowerShell module, the two bring a lot of great new things to the Lync Administration table. This blog post contains the top 5 things I have discovered so far.

1] The Show-Command CmdLet

The new PowerShell V3 Show-Command cmdlet bridges a bit of the gap between a CLI and GUI interface – which eases some of the syntax-challenges with a CLI interface.

Running this cmdlet opens a small user interface with a list of all available PowerShell modules in your PowerShell session . . . → Read More: Top 5 New Lync 2013 PowerShell Features

Upcoming Restrictions on Public Certificates

A restriction to public certificates was introduced several months ago that could affect your planning of a Microsoft Lync, Exchange, or other application service deployment. While this change restricts only public certificates that contain an internal name with an expiry date after November 2015, you should be aware of this change for planning and certificate renewal purposes.

The Change: No Public Certificates with Internal Names Allowed

In a nutshell, the change will mean that Public Certificate Authorities (e.g. GoDaddy, DigiCert, VeriSign, Entrust, etc..) will no longer issue public certificates that contain an internal only name – i.e. a name that cannot be publicly verified. For Microsoft Lync and Exchange this . . . → Read More: Upcoming Restrictions on Public Certificates

Microsoft Lync 2013 Released to TechNet and MSDN

In case you missed the news, Microsoft released Lync 2013, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Office 2013 to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers. Let the downloading begin!

Reminder – the Lync 2013 client is now part of the Office 2013 Suite and the Office Key Management Services is not ready at this time, but should be coming shortly I imagine.

A couple of related downloads:

The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Evaluation The Microsoft Lync Basic Client: 64-bit and 32-bit The Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 PlugIn: 64-bit and 32-bit The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File The Lync Server 2013 Visio Stencil is also available at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35402 Microsoft Lync Server 2013 . . . → Read More: Microsoft Lync 2013 Released to TechNet and MSDN

Microsoft Lync 2013 - Ready for Takeoff!

Microsoft announced tonight that Lync 2013 has reached the Released to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone and it will be Generally Available for the first quarter of 2013.

Microsoft simultaneously announced that Office 2013, Exchange 2013, and SharePoint 2013 have also achieved RTM status and will GA in the same time-frame:

GA is planned for Q1 2013 Volume License customers with software assurance can start downloading mid-November 2012. TechNet and MSDN subscribers are expected to get access around mid-November 2012 also. The 2013 products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1. New capabilities will start showing up in Office 365 Enterprise subscriptions in service updates starting in . . . → Read More: Microsoft Lync 2013 – Ready for Takeoff!

Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates for October 2012

A quick blog post to let people know that new updates (October 2012) for the Lync 2010 Client, Lync 2010 Server (including the Mobility Service), and the Lync 2010 Attendee were released today. This round of updates is also referred to as CU7 (Cumulative Update 7).

NextHop has a nice write-up on the update with links to the associated KB articles and downloads: http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2012/10/11/cumulative-updates-for-lync-server-2010-october-2012.aspx.

The direct KB article and download for the mobility service update is here: Description of the cumulative update for Lync Server 2010, Mobility Service: October 2012. It is described as improving the reliability, stability, and performance of the Lync 2010 Mobility service.

I haven’t installed the . . . → Read More: Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates for October 2012

The Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store (UCS)

This blog post takes a first look at the Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store feature from a user perspective, answers some key high level feature questions, and gives some important tips for configuring this feature.

Note: all of the information below is applicable to the Lync Server 2013 Preview and Exchange Server 2013 Preview. It is subject to change when both of these products are released in their final form, but as far as I know it is applicable to the RTM versions.

What is The Unified Contact Store?

Much has already been written about the Unified Contact Store. In a nutshell it is a feature which allows Lync . . . → Read More: The Lync 2013 Preview Unified Contact Store (UCS)

Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013 Preview

July 2013 Update: This article was originally written for the Preview release of Lync Server 2013. I have since updated it for the RTM version and added a couple of more tips. What Is The Office Web Apps Server?

The Office Web Apps Server is the next incarnation of the Microsoft Web Access Companion Server (WAC) which basically allows applications such as Lync and SharePoint to stream PowerPoint presentations efficiently to a variety of end-points in higher resolution. Lync Server 2013 Preview leverages the Office Web App server to broadcast PowerPoint presentations to the Lync 2013 clients – including the Lync Web App – in a Lync Online Meeting (conference).

. . . → Read More: Office Web Apps Server in the Lync Server 2013