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    This document guides you through provisioning Microsoft Lync Room System (Beta version) in Lync Server and Exchange Server. Microsoft Lync Room System (LRS) edition (Beta Version) is a new Microsoft Lync unified communications client that has been optimized for Lync meetings in physical conference rooms. This document guides you through provisioning Microsoft Lync Room System (Beta version) in Lync Server and Exchange Server.

    Microsoft Lync Room System (Beta Version) Deployment Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39274


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    This document describes deploying and configuring the Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack.The Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack enables customers to manage geographically dispersed offices and mobile users in a way that reduces travel expenses, while maintaining highly collaborative team environments. This document describes the Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack, and includes information about how to deploy and configure it. The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack features include integration with Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook, and other communication technologies.

    Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39101

     


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    Updated Feature list adds the following capabilities

    Join meetings even if you don’t have a Lync account - See your Outlook meeting schedule and join Lync Meetings directly from Lync - Present PowerPoint files. Also, privately view the slides you want when someone else is presenting. - See your contacts and start conversations from snapped view - Better accessibility for high contrast modes and screen readers - Bug fixes and performance improvements

     

    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/lync/ba4b9485-8712-41ff-a9ea-6243a3e07682

     

    Now we have a new TAB on the Bottom where you can view your meetings for the day and the next day which is very welcome as previously we only had the Top TAB showing the current meeting and only during the real meeting time.

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    A list of my meetings (currently without any Lync Online Meeting)

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    Also very handy, you can now join meetings anonymously whithout requiring credentials on the corporate network so you can invite external participants on Windows 8

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    Obviously you go to the Lobby when joining anonymously

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    If you are a presenter then you can privately browse powerpoint slides

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    This session uncovers best practices and insights when planning, deploying, and migrating to Microsoft Lync Server 2013. The new Lync Server 2013 architecture enables new exiting scenarios and features, but on the other hand has implications on many Lync and non Lync components. Find out about the early adoption experience and things to consider when implementing, migrating to, and using Lync Server 2013.

    View the session online here:
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013/OUC-B404#fbid=lI6Q4rP3UM0

     

    Updated slides:
    http://www.pro-lync.be/media/p/1794.aspx

     

    View all the session from TechED Europe 2013
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013#fbid=lI6Q4rP3UM0


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  • 07/01/13--16:51: Lync 2013 Tools Updated
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    Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35453

     

    Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36823

     

    Lync Server 2013 Capacity Calculator
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36828

     

    Microsoft Lync 2013 SDK
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36824

     

    UCMA 4.0 Runtime Cumulative Update KB 2835437
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36826


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    Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013

    • Update for Core Components
      2835432 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Core Components: July 2013
    • Update for Conferencing server
      2835434 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Server: July 2013
    • Update for Web Components server
      2835435 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Components: July 2013
    • Update for Standard or Enterprise edition server
      2819565 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013: July 2013
    • Update for Web Conferencing server
      2835507 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Conferencing Server: July 2013
    • Update for Mediation server
      2796554 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.291 for Lync Server 2013, Mediation Server: February 2013
    • Update for Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit
      2835437 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime: July 2013
    • Update for Call Park Service
      2835440 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for the Lync Server 2013, Call Park service: July 2013
    • Update for Persistent Chat server
      2835433 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Persistent Chat: July 2013
    • Update for Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Workflow APIs
      2835438 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, UCMA 3.0 Workflow APIs: July 2013
    • Update for Administrative Tools
      2837510 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Administrative Tools: July 2013

    Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update KB 3316103
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36820


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    Coming soon : Lync Conference EMEA

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    http://www.lyncconf.com/


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    Microsoft recently updated their “Open Interoperability for Lync” Website and now lists the first Reverse Proxies that have been qualified for use with Lync 2010 & 2013.

    Reverse proxies

    This section lists the server reverse proxy products that have completed solution testing with Lync Server. While any reverse proxy is expected to work with Lync Server, the reverse proxies listed below have completed extensive testing and are posted with detailed deployment white papers to assist in configuration.

     

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    For more information please visite the Infrastructure Qualified for Lync website
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/lync/gg131938.aspx


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    Microsoft recently updated their “Open Interoperability for Lync” Website and now lists the first Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that have been qualified for use with Lync 2013.

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for Lync Server 2013

    Listed below are the VDI Partner platforms and client hardware platforms which are supported with Lync Server 2013. In order for a given configuration to be supported, both the VDI partner platform and the client hardware platform need to be supported.

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    Client hardware platforms

    The Lync 2013 VDI Plug-in is required to be installed on the local machine in combination with the VDI Partner's local client. The Plug-in will use the local machine's processing, memory and network resources to provide an optimal media experience for the end-user.

    The Lync 2013 VDI Plug-in is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions and is supported on clients meeting following requirements:

    Supported operating systems:

    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Windows 8
    • Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Minimum system requirements:

    • CPU: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 gigabyte (GB) of RAM
    • Space required: 32 bit: ~700 MB, 64 bit: ~900 MB

    Clients which do not meet the requirements above are not supported by Microsoft.

    Following are the specific VDI client terminals tested by the VDI client manufacturers and validated by Microsoft.

    Vendors & Tested terminals

    Dell Wyse

    • R90L7
    • X90m7
    • Z90D7

    HP

    • t501
    • t5740e
    • t610

    For additional information about specific thin clients, please contact the client hardware manufacturer.

    For more information please visite the Infrastructure Qualified for Lync website
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/lync/gg131938.aspx


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    If you want to configure the Lync Server Certificate to be valid for 2 months instead of the default 6 months then set the DefaultValidityPeriodHours value to 1440 (60 days)

    Set-CsWebServiceConfiguration –DefaultValidityPeriodHours 1440

     

    If you want to enforce this for all users then you must revoke all current certificates so that all users will request a new certificate with the new validity period

    Get-CsClientCertificate | Revoke-CsClientCertificate

     

    DefaultValidityPeriodHours

    When using certificate authentication, clients can request the period of time (in hours) that the certificate remains valid. DefaultValidityPeriodHours represents the amount of time a certificate will remain valid if the client does not request a custom validity period.  DefaultValidityPeriodHours can be any integer value between 8 hours and 8760 hours (365 days). The default value is 4320 (180 days).

     

    You can change the Minimum and Maximum values for the certificate validity but there are limitations

    • At least 8 hours
    • Maximum is 1 year

     

    MinValidityPeriodHours

    When using certificate authentication, clients can request the period of time (in hours) that the certificate remains valid. MinValidityPeriodHours represents the minimum amount of time a client can request.  MinValidityPeriodHours can be any integer value between 8 hours and 4320 hours (180 days). The default value is 8.

    MaxValidityPeriodHours

    When using certificate authentication, clients can request the period of time (in hours) that the certificate remains valid. MaxValidityPeriodHours represents the maximum amount of time a client can request.  MaxValidityPeriodHours can be any integer value between 8 hours and 8760 hours (365 days). The default value is 8760.

     

    For more info on Set-CsWebServiceConfiguration go here:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398396.aspx


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    Learn how Lync Server can help your organization provide instant messaging, web conferencing, application sharing, and voice communication. Download this poster to understand the capabilities and requirements of Lync 2013, Lync Phone, Lync Web App, Lync for Mac, and Lync Mobile w. See how Lync Server workloads facilitate communication across an organization.

    Download Here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39968

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    This download comes as a pre-configured set of VHD's. This download enables you to fully evaluate the Microsoft Lync 2013, Microsoft Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and UC developer platform APIs including the Microsoft Lync 2013 SDK, the Exchange Web Services Managed API 2.0 as well as the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 SDK and the Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0. Also, Lync Server

    Test Drive - Lync Server 2013 - Part 1 of 3
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40266

    Test Drive - Lync Server 2013 - Part 2 of 3
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40267

    Test Drive - Lync Server 2013 - Part 3 of 3
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40265


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    The Pre Call Diagnostic Tool (PCD) is a client-based application that allows a user to see how the current state of the network might impact the media quality in an upcoming call. PCD shows a graphical view of your network metrics – Network MOS, Packet Loss and Interarrival Jitter.

    Features

    • About to get on an important call? Run a quick test in On Demand mode to make sure it will go smoothly.
    • Run a test in On demand mode to look at your network’s performance over extended periods of time.
    • Diagnose trends with a view of historical test runs
    • Having trouble signing in to Lync? PCD’s Signin flyout can help you figure out where the issue is.

     

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    The “ Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics” is now available on the Windows 8 marketplace:   
    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/lync-2013-precall-diagnostics/9607fe33-2b51-403d-9615-c23f248e7c88


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    http://www.lyncconf.com/Images/EmailBlasts/093013/Lync14-Banner.png

     

    Registration is LIVE for Lync Conference 2014.

    http://www.lyncconf.com/Images/EmailBlasts/093013/Lync14-Image1.png

     

    Microsoft Lync Conference is the largest global Lync event giving you access to the top Lync product experts and partners in the world.

     

     

     

     

    We're excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS LIVE for Lync Conference 2014 at www.lyncconf.com!

    Lync Conference is coming to Las Vegas on February 18, 2014 at the Aria Resort & Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. We are keeping you in mind as we approach Lync Conference 2014 where you'll hear Lync content from around the world. The Keynote will give you a sneak peek at Microsoft's vision for the future of Unified Communications, and the breakout sessions will offer you a technical and business perspective of Lync and how it can impact your business every day.

    The worldwide Lync Conference is back.

    Be the first to register today!

    Register Here >

       
     

    http://www.lyncconf.com/Images/EmailBlasts/093013/Lync14-Image2.png

         
     

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    Lync has some great troubleshooting tools available and of them is Lync Connectivity Analyzer.   You can get it here or read Johan's post for more information.

    Today I wanted to use it, but for some reason the application didn't start and logged .NET Runtime event ID 1026, basically saying an Unhandled Exception caused the app to crash:

    Looking for a solution, I found this Lync Connectivity Analyzer fails to open blog post providing a solution. For me removing just KB2840632 and rebooting my test machine was sufficient to get it back working.

    Unfortunately (for me) I already upgraded my main machine to Windows 8.1. This security update seems to be included in .NET 4.5.1, which makes it impossible to remove it. 

    So far I was unable to get it working again. If you know how to fix this, please ping me through Twitter or by replying here, otherwise let's hope that Microsoft fixes this one soon!


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    The Lync 2013 Mobile clients for iOS and Windows Phone 8 have been updated:

    Get them here:   iPad  iPhone  Windows Phone 8

    Changelog

    • Join a meeting even if you don't have a Lync account (Attendee experience)
    • View more information about meeting participants
    • Support for certification and passive authentication
    • Easily start a conversation with a group
    • Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program support
    • Windows Phone only:  Pin a contact to your home screen for quick communication


    I especially like the attendee experience & PIN a contact features! Nice additions!


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    Lync 2013

    New features

    This update enables administrators to provide support for the *0 Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) command in a public switched telephone network (PSTN) dial-in conference in a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment. After the update is installed, a PSTN caller is able to be transferred to an operator number that the administrator defines.  KB2882802

    Fixes

    2882803 Mediation server can’t forward call history headers when a forwarded call number has an extension in a Lync Server 2013 environment
    2881688 You can’t dial out or share video in a Lync Web App meeting in a Lync Server 2013 environment

    More information & download

    Lync 2010

    New Features

    None

    Fixes

    Just stability and reliability enhancements.

    More Information & Download

     

     


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    System Center Advisor is a free cloud service that helps IT Pros avoid known issues in their Lync deployments as well as other workloads.  This service is not new, but Lync 2013 is now added.

    After deploying a gateway to one local server and an agent on every server you want to monitor, you're ready to go.  (All agents report to your local gateway, which will send all reports to the cloud service)

    More Information on Official NextHop Blog

    Create free System Center Advisor Account and get started: http://www.systemcenteradvisor.com


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    With the updated Lync 2013 mobile clients (version 5.2, now available for iOS and Windows Phone), customers can now take advantage of the support for Lync Server Certificate Authentication or Passive Authentication and configure their environment for enabling mobility scenarios. Notably, we are addressing these concerns in a way that minimizes the impact for end users.

    1.Certificate Authentication

    This is a proven solution since Lync Server 2010 release and Lync desktop clients already support this authentication method.

    Figure 1: Lync 2013 Mobile Client Certificate Authentication flow diagram

    In this method, the Lync user signs in using AD Credentials (same as before) but in the background we also get a Lync Certificate which is used for ongoing authentication. The AD credentials are only stored as a long as the current Lync application session is running, and that once either Lync or the device is restarted, only the certificate is stored locally.

     

    1.Passive Authentication

    This type of authentication offers the customers to have their users authenticate passively and hence customize the authentication experience as desired. Passive auth is handled using AD FS 2.0 that does the initial authentication. User signs in by typing sign in address only (no password), taps sign in and then gets redirected to ADFS for authentication. AD FS server passes back a Lync server trusted authentication token that is used by the mobile client for signing in. As we can see, there are no user credentials stored in the devices’ encrypted memory or other mobile storage location. The subsequent authentication between the Lync mobile client and Lync server is handled using the certificate retrieved during the initial sign-in.

    Figure 2: Lync 2013 Mobile Client Passive Authentication flow diagram

     

    Lync 2013 Mobile client support for Certificate and Passive authentication will help address key Enterprise IT security concerns and, more importantly, without having the users worry about security policies. The following table that demonstrates this.

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    More Information
    Lync Server 2013 Certificate Authentication and Passive Authentication support for Lync 2013 Mobile applications
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/nexthop/archive/2013/10/08/lync-server-2013-certificate-authentication-and-passive-authentication-support-for-lync-2013-mobile-applications.aspx


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    The Lync 2013 Pre-Call Diagnostic Tool (PCD) is a client-based application that allows a user to see how the current state of the network might impact the media quality in an upcoming call. PCD shows a graphical view of your network metrics – Network MOS, Packet Loss and Interarrival Jitter.

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    Lync 2013 Pre-Call Diagnostic Tool
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40733&amp

    Another version of this tool has been released for Windows 8.x Modern UI earlier this month
    http://www.pro-lync.be/blogs/lync2013/archive/2013/09/30/lync-2013-precall-diagnostics-tool.aspx


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