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Lync’d Up Monthly Round Up April 2011

Published 07/05/2011 - 1 Comment

There is so much going on in the Lync and Unified Communications community, the aim of this monthly roundup is to catch all the exciting news updates and blog posts to give a nice reference. If you think I’ve missed anything please give me a shout and I will get it added in.


Lync Software Updates

Lync 2010 CU2 April 2010 updates and list of issues resolved

A second April Lync Client Update 2540951

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Web Scheduler

Lync Web Scheduler

Lync Web Scheduler is a resource kit tool for Microsoft® Lync Server 2010. It provides a Web-based alternative to the add-in for the Microsoft Office Outlook® messaging and collaboration client for the purpose of scheduling a meeting using Lync Server 2010. It also provides a browser-based conference management experience that includes operations such as the following: Scheduling a new online Lync meeting. Listing all existing Lync Server 2010 meetings that the user has organized. Viewing and modifying details of an existing meeting. Deleting an existing meeting. Sending an email invitation to meeting participants by using a configured SMTP mail server. Joining an existing conference.

An overview of the features and some screenshots from Justin Morris here

Lync is fully now supported with Microsoft SQL 2008 R2

 


Lync Documentation Updates

There were lots of great documentation updates from the Lync team in April. A full list of updates and changes on the Nexthop Blog here . Below are the new document highlights.

Troubleshooting Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Clients: Help Desk Resource

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This resource is for first-level help desk agents who support Microsoft Lync Server 2010 clients. It provides a script for opening a service call and identifying the problem the user is having, information about how to resolve the problem, in word doc and .chm help file format.

Enabling Quality of Service with Microsoft Lync Server 2010

A word doc explaining how to plan for and configure Quality of Service (QoS) for Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Uninstalling Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Removing Server Roles

I’m sure you won’t want to be uninstalling Lync anytime soon! Smile But should you need to one day for an upgrade, or document the steps as part of your deployment plan, this document has the details.

Lync Server 2010 Resource kit

SharePoint, Enterprise Voice and Conferencing and Collaboration Chapters added

Integrating Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Avaya Communications Manager S8300
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Administration Guide

The administrative tools consist of the following: Lync Server Deployment Wizard, Lync Server Topology Builder, Lync Server Control Panel, Lync Server Management Shell, Lync Server Logging tool  

Client Virtualization in Microsoft Lync 2010

This document describes the supported functionality, environments, tools, limitations, and outlines a series of best practice recommendations for running the Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 communications software client in a virtualized environment. Covering Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Microsoft RemoteApp and RDS + App-V.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Security Guide

Use this guide as a starting point to address the security of your Lync Server deployment. This guide provides general guidelines and best practices for assessing and managing the most common security risks.

Office 365 Beta Descriptions

 


Lync News

Lync Sales Up by 30%

Microsoft announced the results for their 3rd fiscal quarter, announcing a 13% increase from the same period last year and reporting that Lync sales grew 30%!

Snom 821, officially Certified for Office Communications Server 2007 R2

Note it is certified for OCS 2007 R2 and therefore compatible with Lync. This doesn’t mean it has the full Lync feature set you would expect from an Optimised for Lync device from Polycom or Aastra.

You can download a pdf comparing all the Lync IP phones here


Blog Posts

Demo Videos of Lync on a slate / tablet PC from Brent Whichel and Mike Ganotti

A Great overview of Lync Databases and their uses from Curtis Johnstone

Common Area Phone Configuration in Lync from Jeff Schertz

CUCiLync a full review From Luis Ramos, hint, it’s a thumbs down.

Streaming video with Lync

Lync CEBP Customisation Examples

Amongst other examples, this includes Modality Systems Timeprompt (Full Disclosure: I work for Modality Systems)

Modality Systems CRM Enhanced Launched

Can Lync IM federate with Google Talk or Jabber instant messaging?

Protecting the Edge Server Against DoS and Password Brute-Force Attacks in Lync Server 2010

How to enable Lync On-Premise to Federate with Office365 Lync Online

BlackBerry Lync Support with BES 5.0 SP3


Lync Reviews

Microsoft Lync 2010: Unified communications comes of age – From Infoworld

“Don’t even think about shopping for a new enterprise phone system without adding Lync to the list of candidates. Take a good hard look, and encourage your organization to download the trial and take it for a ride. This is the first UC system I’ve worked with that feels like UC should.”

Microsoft Lync a Collaborator Worth Having – Review from Thestreet.com

“If you can’t keep your company on track on Lync, you probably can’t keep your company on track.”


Upcoming events – May

UK PowerShell User Group May 10th 20:30 BST (Live Meeting)
May DFW Unified Communications User Group Meeting May 26th
SMUCUG Next Meeting May 19th

User group or event coming up? Let me know and I will add it here

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.
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