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    In case you didn't know, our beloved UC applications have new icons associated to them. I looked for these and didn't find them together at the same place, so I decided to share them here.

    The Lync logo is 220x220px, the other 2 are 256x256px.

    You can save the picture by right clicking on them in your browser.

    *UPDATE* : you can find an entire set of Office 2013 icons on DeviantArt (in both PNG as ICO files)

    Lync 2013 Icon Logo  Outlook 2013 Icon Logo  Exchange 2013 Logo

     


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    Fire up your download managers and burn your internet connection, Office 2013 RTM is now available for download on MSDN/Technet!


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    Microsoft just released a Visio stencil containing 285 shapes to design your own Lync architectures.

    Download here

    Portion of the icons in the stencil


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    After installing Lync 2013, I saw that Microsoft updated the Lync 2013 system tray icons that indicate your presence state:

    Just a minor change, but they do look a bit fresher to me Smile

     


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    Lync 2013 RTM Documentation

    This download contains a compiled help file (.chm) of all the available Lync Server 2013 IT professional documentation in the Technical Library.

    Download Here        View Online        Announcement on Nexthop

    Lync 2013 RTM Release Notes

    This document contains important information that you should know before you deploy and use Lync Server 2013

    View Online

    UCMA 4.0 Runtime

    Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA) 4.0 is a managed-code platform that developers use to build applications that provide access to and control over Microsoft Enhanced Presence information, instant messaging, telephone and video calls, and audio/video conferencing.

    Not available through search on the Microsoft download site, but it's already available for download using the direct link below.

    Download Here

     


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    Description

    IMPORTANT: Microsoft Lync won't work without Lync Server or an Office 365/Lync Online account. Also, some functionality might require an update to Lync Server or might not be available to all users. If you're not sure about your account status, please contact your IT department.
    This is Lync reimagined for the new Windows Experience and optimized for touch: providing fast, natural, hands-on control of your communications.
    Lync meets all your communication and collaboration needs: integrating voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app.

    Features

    • Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection.
    • Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once.
    • Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management.
    • Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views.
    • Stay connected while reducing resource consumption -- Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation.
    • Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues.
    • Snap view -- Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task and use both apps at the same time.

     

    Download Here
    http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/lync/ba4b9485-8712-41ff-a9ea-6243a3e07682


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    When you Join a meeting in Lync 2013 and you also have installed the Lync MX App for Windows 8 then Windows asks you which application you want to use to join meetings.
    When Windows asks you which program you have the option to select “Lync” which is actually the Lync MX App for Windows 8 and “Microsoft Lync” which is Lync 2013.
    Windows only asks this question once so if you accidentally selected the “Lync” App for Windows 8, you are stuck with this app and does not provide all the functionality.

    Meeting joined with Lync MX App for Windows 8

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    If you want to change this back to Lync 2103 or switch between “Lync” & “Microsoft Lync” then you need to go to

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    Go all the way down to Protocols and find LYNC15 (URL:Lync15)

    Lync is selected as the default application (Lync MX App for Windows 8)

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    Select Change Program and Select “Microsoft Lync” to switch meeting join with Lync 2013

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    This should be the result

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    Now I can join again with Lync 2013 Smile

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    Windows Phone 8 SDK has been released
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35471

    Note : This is a heavy download as you also download Visual Studio Express!

    The nice thing is that the Emulator runs in Hyper-V Smile

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    You can even configure your email on the emulator

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    Let’s see if we can install Lync Mobile Client on the Emulator

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    Unfortunately you cannot access the Marketplace in the Emulator.
    Hopefully this will get fixed soon..

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    Conclusion : unfortunately no Lync Mobile Client on the Emulator


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    During our recent Lync Community Technical training we delivered (November 18th in Antwerp) together with Microsoft & TechNet there were a few questions on Office Web Apps Server.

    The following questions were raised

    1. Where do you install Office Web Apps Server Server? In perimeter network and/or LAN? how do you publish this to the external world?
    2. Does Office Web Apps Server handle other modalities like Desktop/Application?
    3. Is a Office Web Apps Server License or User CAL required for deploying only for a Lync Server 2013 solution?

     

    1. Architecture for deploying Office Web Apps Server

     

    Office Web Apps Server is a domain joined machine and must be installed in the Active Directory.  It is not supposed to be installed on a DMZ or Perimeter network.
    A reverse proxy or Load Balancer must be used to publish an Office Web Apps Server farm internally and or externally.

    You have to configure Internal and External URLs very much like you are used to do when configuring Lync Web Services.  You only provide an autodiscover URL for the Office Web Apps server in Lync and the Real configuration needs to be done on the Office Web Apps Server

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    More info: Plan Office Web Apps Server
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435(v=office.15).aspx

    More info: Deploy Office Web Apps Server
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219455(v=office.15).aspx

     

    2. Does Office Web Apps Server handle other modalities like Desktop/Application sharing

    No Office Web Apps server only takes care of broadcasting PowerPoint presentations in Lync Server 2013.

    Web Conferencing Overview
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg425913(v=ocs.15).aspx

    More info how Lync uses Office Web Apps Server
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219437(v=office.15).aspx#lyncserver

     

    3. Do you require an Office Web Apps Server License or User CAL when deploying for a Lync Server 2013 solution

    SharePoint 2013 provides new license enforcement that works with Office Web Apps. If you enable SharePoint licensing and then enable Office Web Apps editing, only the users who have the appropriate license can actually edit Office files in a browser. If no Office Web Apps editing licenses are applied for users, only viewing is supported. For more information about how licensing works in SharePoint 2013, see Configure licensing in SharePoint Server 2013.

    So it looks like using it for Lync Server 2013 is free as Office Web Apps is only used to view PowerPoint presentations (potentially other office document formats may follow later on).
    Office Web Apps Server should be considered additional software for Lync as is the Mediation Server for example.

    I will update this post when I find the final answer on this…


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    Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 plug-in enables you to experience local like audio and video in peer-to-peer calls and conference calls when using Microsoft Lync 2013 in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Environment.

     

    Downloads:
    Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 plugin (64 bit)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35454

    Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 plugin (32 bit)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35457


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  • 10/31/12--14:27: Lync 2013 Basic Client
  • Interesting, now there is a Lync 2013 Basic client available, not sure what this means, would this be a free client?

    Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 gives you instant messaging (IM), audio and video calls, online meetings, availability (presence) information, and sharing capabilities all from one, easy-to-use program. It’s a slimmer version of the full Lync 2013 client and provides the same core functionality.

    With Lync, you can keep track of your contacts’ availability; send an instant message; and start or join an audio call, video call, or online meeting—all through a consistent, familiar interface. Lync integrates with other Office programs and is available for Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPod, Android, and Office 365 subscribers.
    Lync Basic 2013 provides all the basic functionality that’s available in the full version of Lync (Lync 2013). However, if you want to use any of the following features, talk to your workplace technical support about upgrading to Lync 2013:

    • Advanced call features (not available with all Office 365 subscriptions); advanced call features include team ring, call forwarding, simultaneous ring, voice mail, call park, call delegation, response groups, and remote call control
    • Calendar delegation
    • Gallery video view
    • OneNote sharing
    • Recording
    • Skill search (not available with Office 365)
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (not available with Office 365)

     

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    Downloads:
    Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (64 Bit)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35450

    Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (32 Bit)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35451


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    You can download the Lync Basic Client
    http://www.pro-lync.be/blogs/lync2013/archive/2012/10/31/lync-2013-basic-client.aspx

     

    The installer looks excactly like the Office 2013 installer

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    The Microsoft Licensing Terms state the following:

    1. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS.
    a. Installation and Use. You may install and use any number of copies of the software on your devices for your use solely with Lync Server 2013 or Lync Online.

     

    I read this as FREE software when being used with Lync Server 2013 or Office 365

     

    Installing

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    Customize Install Options
    Very clearly Office 2013 Based installer as it installs some of the Shared Office Features and Tools

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    Installing

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    Finished

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    Start the Lync 2013 Basic Application and login with your Lync information.

    It looks excactly the same as the Lync Full Client
    (Call Forwarding is set to : OFF which is not my default setting)

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    Clicking on the Call Forwarding Options you will see that they are grayed out and forwarding is turned off

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    Going to the options in Lync Basic and Selecting “Call forwarding” options

    We see that there are no forwarding capability, Team ring, Delegates or No Voicemail integration

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    Conversation History is available

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    The phone environment is also there
    (Some voicemails are in there but they obviously come from my full client and sychronised via Exchange Web Services)

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    Exchange UM or Voice Mail is not available and grayed out

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    Dialing my mobile number works just like any other phone call

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    The Parking Lot is grayed out

    But I can forward calls to mobile or any other person or number

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    Meet now works as expected (also adding a whiteboard for example)

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    You can also do recordings (that is strange as Microsoft says on the download site that recording is not available)

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    Recording Manager is available

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    Going to the menu and clicking Response Group Settings does not do anything

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    As you can see there is no Exchange UM Settings available in the Configuration Information (hence the forward no answer to voicemail options are not available)
    Call Park does not work or is grayed out but the “Call Park Server URI” is there

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    Licensing mode is : Lync Basic

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    Conclusion

    This is a very welcome addition the Lync Clients stack.
    Although it has basic features it can do most of the Lync functionality including Peer to Peer, basic Voice and most Conferencing features.

    I will need to come back and verify the information if this client is FREE or NOT.


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    This is great, finally contact cards done right in Lync.
    You can Link multiple sources together just like you can in Widows Phone 7 & 8

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    Then all the information is aggregated into one single contact card.
    Information coming from various Sources : Active Directory, Outlook, Lync, Linkedin & Facebook
    You can clearly where information is coming from when duplicate information exists.

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    I do have multiple Lync accounts so if you click next to the IM button you have a choice which account you want to contact

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    Finally you can even edit right from within the contact card.  This information will be saved in Outlook Contacts

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    How cool is that.
    Even search in Lync 2013 works much better than in Lync 2010.
    You can for example search for a company (did not work in Lync 2010)

    Now we just need the social connector for Twitter & Skype and all is complete


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    Thanks to Chad McGreanor's Blog for pointing to these wonderfull tools

     

    Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools are provided to help IT Administrators with troubleshooting deployments of Lync Server 2013.

    Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools is a collection of additional tools for use by IT Admins to aid in troubleshooting Lync Server 2013 deployments. The collection of tools include:

    • Snooper
    • OCSLogger
    • OCSTracer
    • ClsController.psm1

    Download:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35453

     

    It looks just the same as we know it

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    And snooper kind of looks the same but has been updated

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    There is also a conversation viewer that comes in very handy which lets you view the SIP conversation between hops

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    Something I had problems with is the XML data in the body of a SIP Message, you had to copy and paste into an XML browser to view this in a good way.
    This one is big I think, now we have an inline XML viewer

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    There is a log selector but not sure how that works jet, need some more digging around.

    Another handy feature is you can open the tekst file and go to the location where you are located in the snooper tool

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    The test file opens in notepad on the correct message

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    a Time Shift tool as in my local time the logs are usually a few hours off

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    Some other options available

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    Thanks for bringing back our favorite troubleshooting tools and their additional features


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    You can use Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Best Practices Analyzer to identify and resolve problems with your Lync Server deployment. The Lync Server 2013, Best Practices Analyzer gathers configuration information from Lync Server 2013 components.
    With the proper network access, the Best Practices Analyzer can examine servers running Active Directory Domain Services, Exchange Server Unified Messaging (UM), and Lync Server. You can use Best Practices Analyzer to do the following:

    • Proactively perform checks, verifying that the configuration is set according to recommended best practices.
    • Automatically detect required updates to Lync Server 2013.
    • Generate a list of issues, such as suboptimal configuration settings, unsupported options, missing updates, or practices that we do not recommend.
    • Help you troubleshoot and fix specific problems.


    Best Practices Analyzer provides the following features:

    • Minimal installation prerequisites.
    • Online documentation about reported issues, including troubleshooting tips.
    • Configuration information that you can save for later review.
    • State-of-the-art system analysis.

     

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    Lync Server 2013 Best Practices Analyzer
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35455


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    For this post I am logged on as a regular user without any Administrative credentials.

    Just type a name and Join the meeting

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    The Lync Web App wants to download/install an HTML5 plugin to enable Audio & Video

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    Run the application as a regular user, no credentials are request and no UAC dialog is displayed.  The plugin just installs

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    Joining the meeting

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    You have to add the URL to the trusted sites or admit it every time (your choice)

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    Joining to the meeting including Audio

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    This is awesome, no credentials required and any user can join Lync 2013 meetings with all functionality without requiring a full client or admin credentials.
    I bet this will hurt Webex hard!


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    Technet Meeting - Lync 2013 Architecture

    Lync Server 2013 introduces many new features, along with significant enhancements to existing functionality. This session provides a high-level introduction to these new features and enhancements as well as covering a more in depth look at topology, high availability, scale and disaster recovery. This includes architectural underpinnings for these changes and details around the Lync 2013 enterprise grade resiliency and how the administrator experience toolset is expanded for new scenarios.

    Download: http://www.pro-lync.be/media/p/1628.aspx

    Technet Meeting - Lync 2103 Video & Meetings

    Lync Server 2013 introduces the following new video features: HD video with resolutions up to HD 1080P in two-party calls and multiparty conferences, Gallery View In video conferences that have more than two people and 264 video codec which is now the default for encoding video on Lync 2013 clients. H.264 video supports a greater range of resolutions and frame rates, and improves video scalability. The Lync Web App adds computer audio and video to provides a complete in-meeting experience...

    Download: http://www.pro-lync.be/media/p/1629.aspx


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    Technet Meeting - Lync 2013 Architecture

    Lync Server 2013 introduces many new features, along with significant enhancements to existing functionality. This session provides a high-level introduction to these new features and enhancements as well as covering a more in depth look at topology, high availability, scale and disaster recovery. This includes architectural underpinnings for these changes and details around the Lync 2013 enterprise grade resiliency and how the administrator experience toolset is expanded for new scenarios.

    View recording: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/video/lync-server-2013-architecture-administration.aspx
    Download slides: http://www.pro-lync.be/media/p/1628.aspx

    Technet Meeting - Lync 2103 Video & Meetings

    Lync Server 2013 introduces the following new video features: HD video with resolutions up to HD 1080P in two-party calls and multiparty conferences, Gallery View In video conferences that have more than two people and 264 video codec which is now the default for encoding video on Lync 2013 clients. H.264 video supports a greater range of resolutions and frame rates, and improves video scalability. The Lync Web App adds computer audio and video to provides a complete in-meeting experience...

    View recording: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/video/whats-new-in-lync-server-2013-video-and-meetings.aspx
    Download slides: http://www.pro-lync.be/media/p/1629.aspx


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    Recently I got interesting information about some 3rd party solutions developed for Lync.
    Both of these solutions work together with the Ferrari Electronics Gateways officially certified for Lync 2010/2013
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/gg131938

     

    2 Solutions are profiled here:

    • Entry Control for Video door phones
    • SIP2Lync to integrate SIP or Analog phones

    View the video’s here
    https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=FB75B89C952F035B&id=FB75B89C952F035B%21124

     

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    Finally Music on Hold for the Aries phones :)

    This update also fixes the following problems:

  • 2703325 Updates are available that enable the "Music on Hold" feature on Lync Phone Edition
  • 2781616 Description of the cumulative updates for Lync Phone Edition that add support for addtional languages: December 2012
  • 2781617 A common area phone that is running Lync Phone Edition does not try to sign in after the Front End server restarts
  • 2781618 A white screen or a white horizontal line appears on a Polycom telephone that is running Lync Phone Edition
  • 2781620 White lines appear on the screen of a Polycom telephone that is running Lync Phone Edition
  • Description of the cumulative update for Lync Phone Edition for Aastra 6721ip and Aastra 6725ip: December 2012
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2737909/en-us

    Description of the cumulative update for Lync Phone Edition for HP 4110 and HP 4120: December 2012
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2737910/en-us

    Description of the cumulative update for Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX500, Polycom CX600, and Polycom CX3000 telephones: December 2012
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2737911

    Description of the cumulative update for Lync Phone Edition for Polycom CX700 and LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540 telephones: December 2012
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2737912

     


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