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- 06/20/13--16:39: _Microsoft Lync Room...
- 06/20/13--16:41: _Microsoft Lync Serv...
- 06/25/13--06:26: _Update for Lync App...
- 07/01/13--05:10: _TechED Europe Sessi...
- 07/01/13--16:51: _Lync 2013 Tools Upd...
- 07/01/13--16:52: _Lync Server 2013 Cu...
- 07/10/13--04:54: _Lync Conference 201...
- 08/29/13--14:46: _Reverse Proxies qua...
- 08/29/13--14:54: _Virtual Desktop Inf...
- 08/29/13--15:16: _Howto change the du...
- 09/04/13--01:05: _Download Microsoft ...
- 09/13/13--12:26: _Download Lync Serve...
- 09/30/13--02:02: _Lync 2013 PreCall D...
- 10/02/13--01:01: _Registration is ope...
- 10/07/13--01:07: _Lync Connectivity A...
- 10/08/13--00:33: _Lync Mobile for iOS...
- 10/08/13--00:47: _Lync Server 2010/20...
- 10/08/13--01:05: _Lync 2013 Support a...
- 10/09/13--03:11: _Lync 2013 Mobile Cl...
- 10/16/13--14:56: _Lync 2013 Pre-Call ...
- 06/20/13--16:39: Microsoft Lync Room System Deployment Guide
- 06/20/13--16:41: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide
- 06/25/13--06:26: Update for Lync App in Windows 8 Store
- 07/01/13--16:51: Lync 2013 Tools Updated
- 07/01/13--16:52: Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update (July 2013)
- Update for Core Components2835432 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Core Components: July 2013
- Update for Conferencing server2835434 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Server: July 2013
- Update for Web Components server2835435 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Components: July 2013
- Update for Standard or Enterprise edition server2819565 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013: July 2013
- Update for Web Conferencing server2835507 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Conferencing Server: July 2013
- Update for Mediation server2796554 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-bit2835437 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 Service2835440 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for the Lync Server 2013, Call Park service: July 2013
- Update for Persistent Chat server2835433 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 APIs2835438 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, UCMA 3.0 Workflow APIs: July 2013
- Update for Administrative Tools2837510 Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Administrative Tools: July 2013
- 07/10/13--04:54: Lync Conference 2014 on Febrary 18-20 in Las Vegas (Save the Date)
- 08/29/13--14:46: Reverse Proxies qualified for Lync 2010 & 2013
- 08/29/13--14:54: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure qualified for Lync 2013
- Windows 7 Service Pack 1
- Windows 8
- Windows Embedded Standard 7
- CPU: 1.5 GHz processor
- Memory: 2 gigabyte (GB) of RAM
- Space required: 32 bit: ~700 MB, 64 bit: ~900 MB
- 08/29/13--15:16: Howto change the duration a Lync Server Certificate is valid
- At least 8 hours
- Maximum is 1 year
- 09/04/13--01:05: Download Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Protocol Workloads Poster
- 09/13/13--12:26: Download Lync Server Test Drive Images
- 09/30/13--02:02: Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics Tool (Windows 8.x App)
- 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.
- 10/02/13--01:01: Registration is open for the Lync Conference 2014
- 10/07/13--01:07: Lync Connectivity Analyzer not starting on Windows 7/8/8.1
- 10/08/13--00:33: Lync Mobile for iOS & WP8: new updates with additional features
- 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
- 10/08/13--00:47: Lync Server 2010/2013 October Cumulative Update released
- 10/16/13--14:56: Lync 2013 Pre-Call Diagnostic Tool (Desktop App)
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
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
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
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.
A list of my meetings (currently without any Lync Online Meeting)
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
Obviously you go to the Lobby when joining anonymously
If you are a presenter then you can privately browse powerpoint slides
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:
View all the session from TechED Europe 2013
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Debugging Tools
Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool
Lync Server 2013 Capacity Calculator
Microsoft Lync 2013 SDK
UCMA 4.0 Runtime Cumulative Update KB 2835437
Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013
Lync Server 2013 Cumulative Update KB 3316103
Coming soon : Lync Conference EMEA
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.
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.
For more information please visite the Infrastructure Qualified for Lync website
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.
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:
Minimum system requirements:
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
For additional information about specific thin clients, please contact the client hardware manufacturer.
For more information please visite the Infrastructure Qualified for Lync website
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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
Test Drive - Lync Server 2013 - Part 2 of 3
Test Drive - Lync Server 2013 - Part 3 of 3
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.
The “ Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics” is now available on the Windows 8 marketplace:
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!
The Lync 2013 Mobile clients for iOS and Windows Phone 8 have been updated:
I especially like the attendee experience & PIN a contact features! Nice additions!
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
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
Just stability and reliability enhancements.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lync Server 2013 Certificate Authentication and Passive Authentication support for Lync 2013 Mobile applications
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.
Lync 2013 Pre-Call Diagnostic Tool
Another version of this tool has been released for Windows 8.x Modern UI earlier this month